PIERREâIt was a hard road to Pierre on Saturday for the Mitchell Kernels volleyball team.
But once they got there, the Kernels took care of business.
After overcoming some bus troubles on the road, Mitchell won its Eastern South Dakota Conference match with the Governors in straight sets, tallying an important win in District 3AA.
The Kernels won by a score of 25-17, 25-14 and 25-22.
Mitchell coach Deb Thill said the team didn't play its best on serve in the first set but still managed to overcome hitting errors for an eight-point set victory.
"We played well and still had some errors," she said. "In that second set, we really played a lot better. Pierre adjusted to what we were doing very well in the third set and after point 20, we just worked hard to finish off the match."
Lauren Larson finished the game with an impressive 29 digs in three sets and Carly Haring had five total blocks. Thill said both were products of the team doing a solid job with the scouting report on Pierre, which has solid outside hitters.
"We shifted our defense a bit and we closed our blocks to the outside," Thill said. "We just had a lot of kids that did a great job of having productive nights for us.
For Mitchell, Mackenzie Miller had 16 kills and three blocks. Chelsea Brewster added eight kills in the win. Jenna Weich had seven kills and two blocks for the Kernels and Mandy Schmidt had 32 assists without an error.
On the Pierre (3-7) side of the net, Elena Svingen led the way with 13 kills and 10 digs. Hallie Serome had 15 digs. Erika Stout had 21 assists for the Govs, with Maddie Reinke tallying two blocks.
The Kernels had bus problems getting to Pierre, resulting in some players being ferried to Pierre by parents. A Brandon Valley bus in Pierre for soccer came and got the rest of Mitchell's players and brought them to the game. After the game, a Pierre bus brought the Kernels home late Saturday.
"We had quite the experience," Thill said, with a laugh.
Mitchell (6-3, 5-3 ESD) will begin its second trip through the ESD schedule on Tuesday, when they host Brandon Valley at the MHS gym.
JV: Pierre won 20-25, 25-23, 17-15. Brooke Flemmer had 12 digs, four kills and 11 assists. Payton Morgan had six kills. Bridget Thill had 12 digs.
Sophomores: Mitchell won 25-13, 25-15. Lesley VanDrongelen had 15 digs. Tess Limberg had five kills and two aces. (Mitchell is 9-0 on the year.)
Freshman A: Pierre won 25-17, 25-14
Freshman B: Mitchell won 25-17, 26-24.
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