Photo by Ganin Thompson
SPIKE—Sophomore Ellie Walker hits the ball in the Warriors’ five-set win over the Patriots Tuesday at Lincoln.
Volleyball team improves to 17-8 with big win at Lincoln
Warriors host Brookings Thursday to end regular-season
By Jordyn Waltman
Warrior varsity volleyball players improved to 17-8 as they defeated the Patriots Tuesday evening at Lincoln High School.
WHS got in a hole early as they lost the first set 19-25, but came back strong to win the second 25-14. Set three was a battle to the end, but the Warriors lost 26-28 then came back to win sets four and five 25-23 and 15-8 for the victory.
Senior Phekran Kong led the way for the Warriors with 21 kills and seven blocks. Senior Laura Petterson tallied 12 kills and 14 digs. Sophomore Ellie Walker had 11 kills and four blocks. Senior Morgan Bischoff had 42 assists and 14 digs. Senior Laura Petterson had 14 digs and scored on two ace serves. Senior Gabby Reck had 28 digs and junior Sydni Schetnan four blocks in the Warrior win.
Petterson said it was a good win for the Warrior team.
“We trusted each other and we didn’t give up,” Petterson said. “We can continue this in the post-season by doing it at practice every day.”
Senior Gabby Reck agreed that it was a good win.
“We had a lot of grit and knew we needed to focus-in to get the win,” Reck said. “We hope to continue to win and get to state.”
In sub-varsity action on Tuesday, three of four teams won—including the JV 25-13, 25-16; the Freshman A 25-22, 18-25, 16-14 and the Freshman B 25-22, 15-25, 16-24. The sophomores fell in two 14-25, 22-25.
The Warriors have only one regular-season game left as they host Brookings on Thursday at WHS for a full schedule of games beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the gyms. The varsity will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday.
The post-season will then begin on Nov. 14 as the Warriors almost assuredly host a SoDak 16 game against an opponent to be named as regular-season games wrap-up around the state.
Winners of the eight SoDak 16 games across the state will then advance to the State AA Tournament Nov. 21-23 in Rapid City at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.