Tigers snap skid with victory against Mitchell

PHOTO BY RYAN DEAL/MITCHELL REPUBLIC Huron’s Brooke Schiltz goes up for a kill against Mitchell’s Kaspen Alm on Saturday at MHS gym.

MITCHELL - The Huron volleyball team bounced back from a pair of tough losses to improve to 4-2 on the season with a 3-1 win on the road over Mitchell Saturday.

After a slow start, the Tigers went on a run behind the serving of Tenley Buddenhagen and never looked back in the first set, using a 7-0 run to establish themselves.

Brooke Schiltz closed out the match with an excellent run of serving, including an ace to lead to a 25-12 first set Huron win.

An exciting second set seemingly turned on a Mitchell injury. After Huron came back from an early deficit to take the momentum in the set, Mitchell junior Sarah Sebert went into the stands chasing a ball and had to be helped off the court.

Mitchell rallied following the injury, scoring six straight points and eventually taking the second set 26-24.

A long stretch of serving excellence from Buddenhagen opened the third set 13-0. Buddenhagen tallied four aces in the run.

The Tigers never let the Kernels get back into the set, and Buddenhagen fittingly finished off the third set with yet another ace as Huron took the third set 25-11.

The fourth set went back and forth until 11-11, at which point, the Tigers went on two extended runs to close out the set 25-16 and the match.

Huron’s serving was tremendous, with 16 aces to Mitchell’s four on the day. Buddenhagen led the team with five service aces on the day to go with her 38 assists. Heavan Gainey had three aces and Hamtyn Heinz aced a pair as well.

Schiltz led a strong Tigers attack with 12 kills. She also scored a pair of blocks

Libby Rounds and Emily Dale had 12 and 9 kills each, respectively. Mikena Moore added eight kills. Dale led the Tigers with three blocks while Heinz led the defense with 24 digs as she moved to the libero position.

The Kernels (1-3) were led by senior Cameryn Logan with 13 kills and 6’3” hitter Kaspen Alm with 11 kills.

Huron swept the JV match 25-17, 25-13, while Mitchell swept the sophomore contest 25-22, 25-22.

Huron travels to Aberdeen to play Aberdeen Central Tuesday.

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