Vermillion volleyball was ranked sixth in Region 4A heading into the postseason. The Tanagers played at the 3-seed Elk Point-Jefferson in the first round of postseason play this past Tuesday.

The Tanagers fell 1-3 to the Huskies.

“We battled with them, but in the end, we simply had too many errors,” said Vermillion head coach Jodi Zeller. “Our experience in postseason competition is something that we will continue to work on. They are a program that has had great postseason success, and that experience won this match.”

Vermillion started strong as they won the first set 25-19. EPJ gained momentum in the second set to top the Tanagers 12-25.

Vermillion fought back but lost a close set 21-25. In the fourth set, the score remained close, but the Tanagers lost 22-25. Vermillion lost to EPJ in postseason play 1-3.

Senior Emily Stockwell recorded 20 digs, six kills, and one block. Senior Lexi Saunders had 17 assists, 13 digs, six kills, and three blocks.

Senior Kennedy Pratt tallied 16 assists and three digs. Senior Toria Andre had 11 kills, six digs, six blocks, and two aces on the night.

Junior Shandie Ludwig recorded 12 digs and one ace. Junior Sydney Stockwell had five kills and three digs against EPJ.

Vermillion ended their season 12-21 after the Region 4A first round of postseason play.

“This group of players bought into our system, and when they focused on our goals, we were able to accomplish some great things as a team,” said coach Zeller. “We have doubled our numbers in the win category for the last two years. These girls want to make the program into a successful one, and I think they are well on the way to making that happen.”

The Tanagers will lose six seniors from this season, including Andre, Pratt, Saunders, E. Stockwell, Brooke Assmus, and Paige Krell.

“This group of seniors were instrumental in our success,” said coach Zeller. “We learned so much about each other and the game in the last two years. They are a very mature group, and they all accepted their roles on our team and have made a definite impact on the Tanager volleyball program. They should all be proud of what they accomplished both on and off the court.”


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