Thu. Dec 1st, 2022

MITCHELL — Coming in on a seven-match profitable streak, third-seeded Elkton-Lake Benton swept Lakota Tech on Tuesday evening on the Corn Palace, reserving a spot within the Class A state event. Set scores have been 25-12, 25-14 and 25-7.

The win assures Elkton-Lake Benton a spot within the Class A state event for a second consecutive season, starting Nov. 17 in Sioux Falls. The Elks will face Belle Fourche within the opening spherical with the match scheduled for six:45 p.m. on Nov. 17.

After an in depth begin to the primary set, the Elks (30-3) pulled away with a six-point run, adopted by a 12-2 run after an ELB timeout. The primary set additionally introduced on a milestone event for the Elks and junior setter Tevan Erickson, who reached 2,000 profession set assists, with mother and father and college students holding up placards with the achievement on them when the crew reached the milestone. Erickson completed with 28 set assists and 7 digs.

Her coach and mom, Melissa Erickson, mentioned after the match that Erickson has turn into one of many crew’s most reliable gamers this season. Erickson, a 5-foot-9 setter, has performed on the Elks’ varsity crew since eighth grade and was previously an outdoor hitter earlier than transferring again to the first passer place previous to her sophomore 12 months.

“(She’s had an incredible quantity of development in that point,” coach Erickson mentioned. “She sees the courtroom so properly and he or she could be very lucky as a result of she has a extremely good again row that will get the ball as much as her and in addition has actually good hitters to place the ball away.”

The Elks closed out the set 25-12 and by no means appeared again. The Elks had 16 kills within the second set and pulled away for a 15-7 run to win the body, 25-14. Within the third set, ELB received in decisive trend, beating the Tatanka 25-7. A nine-point ELB run kicked the third set off, with a sequence of aces and kills bringing the match to an in depth at 25-12.

Elkton-Lake Benton’s Aubree Bales hits an assault over the arms of Lakota Tech’s Shayla Bravo throughout a Class A volleyball SoDak 16 state-qualifying match on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022 on the Corn Palace.

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Melissa Erickson mentioned the Elks targeted on transitioning shortly on protection for a Tatanka technique that steadily includes early assaults and passes over the web, engaged on making an attempt to get hitter coverages in place towards Lakota Tech.

“We simply wished to play our sport,” the coach mentioned. “We wished to deal with enjoying good protection and getting the ball into a superb place for our setter.”

Within the match, Rachel Krog posted a team-high 12 digs in addition to eight kills. Andrea Renkly led the crew in kills within the sport and on the evening, posting 10 kills altogether. Kailyn Drietz pitched in seven kills and 6 digs whereas Kylie Ramlo added 9 digs and three kills. Renkly, Erickson, Krog, and Ramlo all recorded two aces every within the win as properly.

No stats have been obtainable for Lakota Tech, which was in search of its first state event look in solely its third 12 months as a faculty.

Regarding the state event, coach Erickson mentioned her crew shall be prepared after having a bittersweet first spherical a 12 months in the past and ending in seventh place. The Elks have been the No. 7 seed final 12 months coming into the state event and almost upset No. 2 seed and eventual state runner-up Garretson in 5 units within the quarterfinals.

“Ensuring we win in that first spherical this 12 months shall be an enormous purpose for us,” she mentioned.

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