Photo courtesy South Dakota Public Broadcasting
THIRD PLACE—Warrior volleyball team members (kneeling, L-R) junior Nikki Reta; sophomore Gabby Reck; junior Mallory Junso; sophomores Katie Jansen and Laura Petterson; juniors Abbey Levitt, Peyton Rymerson and  Aspen Langley; (standing) assistant coaches Alicia Hess, Kristen Reck and London Schouten; junior Asia Amos; sophomore  Phekran Kong; junior Samiya Jami; freshman Sydni Schetnan; juniors Lily Bartling and Alyssa Elton; senior Hailey Olson; assistant coach Lindsey Irvine and head coach Kelly Schroeder pose with the third place trophy Saturday.

Volleyball team finishes third at State AA Meet
WHS defeats Watertown in five games

By Cyler Melvin and Zach Heins

Warrior varsity volleyball team members finished the State AA Tournament in third place Nov. 16-18 in Rapid City.

It was no easy time for the Warriors, as they took all three games at the tournament to five sets. After defeating No. 2 ranked Mitchell 25-15, 22-25, 17-25, 25-22, 15-10 on Thursday, the Warriors fell to No. 3 seeded Rapid City Stevens 24-26, 25-22, 25-16, 19-25, 14-16 in the semifinals Friday. They then came back to defeat No. 5 seeded Watertown 25-18, 21-25, 18-25, 25-23, 15-6 in the third-place match on Saturday.

No. 1 seed Harrisburg defeated Stevens in four 25-17, 21-25, 25-23, 25-15 for the championship Saturday night. 

Junior Peyton Rymerson was named a member of the All-Tournament Team after the championship match Saturday. Throughout the tournament Rymerson had 110 digs and 12 aces.

“It was a really fun weekend and it was a great experience,”  Rymerson said. “We’re excited for next year and hope to make it back to state next year.”

Coach Kelly Schroeder said he was pleased with the team’s efforts all weekend. 

“We went to five in every match and we battled all the way until the end,” Schroeder said. “Things didn’t go our way on day two, obviously, but we were able to fight through the pain and finish 2-1 on the weekend. Everybody had their shining moments throughout the tournament and we never went down without a fight. It was a great group of girls and I’m glad we could finish the way we did.”

The Warrior team will hold their end-of-season banquet Nov. 20 in the WHS commons.


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