The Tanager volleyball team competed at the Dak XII Conference Tournament this past Saturday in Dell Rapids. Vermillion went 1-3 as they played Canton, Sioux Falls Christian, Lennox, and West Central.

Senior Brooke Assmus was excited to play good competition and rematch the Canton C-Hawks after playing them last Thursday.

The Tanagers started the conference tournament on a 2-0 win against the C-Hawks. Vermillion won the first set 25-17 and the second 25-21.

“The win over Canton was a good come back after losing a close match to them two days previously,” said Vermillion head coach Jodi Zeller. “We were able to get the win at the tournament by eliminating our errors and hitting the ball at them.”

Senior Lexi Saunders recorded eight assists and one block in game 1. Senior Toria Andre had five kills, three aces, and two blocks.

The Tanagers moved on to play SFC in round 2. Vermillion fell 0-2 as they lost a close set 20-25, then the second 9-25.

“Our biggest success at the conference tournament was in set 1 against SFC,” said coach Zeller. “The girls bought into the game plan and did a good job carrying out their responsibilities.”

Senior Kennedy Pratt tallied seven assists in game 2. Junior Shandie Ludwig had nine digs and one ace. Senior Emily Stockwell had seven digs and four kills.

Vermillion went on to face Lennox, losing 1-2. The opponents won the first set 12-25, but the Tanagers fought back to win the second 25-20. Lennox won the third 21-25 to take the game.

Stockwell recorded 15 digs and six kills. Ludwig had 22 digs. Andre tallied five kills and four blocks. Saunders had seven assists and three aces. Pratt had eight assists, and Assmus recorded two aces.

In their final game of the tournament, Vermillion fell to West Central 1-2. The competition won the first set 22-25. Vermillion won the second in a close set, 25-22. West Central pulled away to win the third 17-25.

Saunders tallied 11 assists, 11 digs, and four aces in game 4. Ludwig had 14 digs, and Andre recorded 10 kills.

The Tanagers travel to Dakota Valley this Friday to play the Panthers at 7:30 p.m.

Vermillion will also play at Elk Point-Jefferson next Tuesday for their final game of the regular season at 7:30 p.m.

Assmus’s favorite part of this season has been “being able to play with a great group of girls, especially the seniors and my little sister.”


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