The Sioux County Warriors will make a repeat appearance in the Class D District Volleyball Finals this weekend after sweeping Minatare Tuesday night.
The Warriors came out determined to follow up on last year’s District Finals appearance, which was the school’s first since 1993. This weekend’s game will be just the third time in school history the Warriors have advanced this far into the post-season.
Sioux County took the first set with ease, cruising to a 25-10 victory. Minatare challenged the Warriors early in the second, taking the lead five times and tying the score seven times before set point seven. After two miscues by the Indians, Sioux County used a tip by Kailey Klein and an ace serve by Ashley Hunter to move ahead and roll to a 25-20 win.
The Indians looked to force a fourth set and opened up with a 5-0 lead in the third as the Warriors struggled with serving, reception and attacking errors. A kill by Tamika Eastman and an ace by Skylar Edmund finally put the Warriors on the board, but Minatare raced out to a 13-5 advantage. Ahead 20-14, the Indians nearly had the set clinched but a free ball kill, followed by an Eastman ace and a Klein tip put the Warriors within three. Consecutive kills by Beth Krein and Klein, and another Eastman ace tied the set at 20, and the Warriors earned the go-ahead point on another Klein kill after a long volley.
A missed serve knotted the score up yet again, but Krein hammered a kill from the middle to put Sioux County back on top and two ace serves from Sierra Eastman and Hunter helped put the game away 25-22.
Tamika Eastman landed eight kills and four aces in the contest, while Klein added four kills and an ace. Edmund and Krein each contributed three kills, and Edmund added two ace serves. Krein also had three blocks. Britney Klein and Hunter each served up a single ace.