Huskies bring home 7th place

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Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 2:49 pm

The Husky volleyball team headed to Rapid City hoping to improve on last year’s 4th place finish at the State A meet.

That ran into a snag in the opening round game, as the #8-seed Huskies were up against the #1-seed Miller Rustlers. EPJ fell in 3 games.

Elk Point-Jefferson – Miller

20-25, 12-25, 20-25

Kenna Curry started off strong at the service line, getting 2 aces, and the Huskies built a nice lead before Miller came back to tie the score at 6-6. The Rustler hitters started tooling the Husky block and had a lot of success hitting over EPJ’s right side. Miller kept building on the lead, until some great digs from libero Katelyn Chytka and a Riley Donnelly kill got EPJ to 16-18. Two more Rustler kills built their lead back to 16-20 and Husky head coach Erin Ellinger called a timeout. That helped the Huskies get back 2 of the points, with a Curry kill and a Donnelly-Curry block, but that was as close as EPJ could get.

Miller normally relied on Kansas State volleyball recruit Kadye Fernholz, but she was struggling in game 2. Even so, Miller built a 4-0 lead to start the game. They kept adding to it as their offense continued to click. Rustler hitters had a field day when EPJ put up a single blocker on the right side and Miller ran away with game 2.

Starting the 3rd game, EPJ again dug a hole that they had to work out of. Then the Husky serves began to work, and that pressure kept Miller’s offense out of sync. Curry and Carlie Corder picked up a couple of kills each and EPJ worked their way back to a 17-17 tie after a Donnelly kill off a Kyra Fennel assist. The next series of plays was among the most intense of the day, as both teams scrambled to keep the ball alive. The score was tied at 18, 19 and 20 before another long point that Miller won. Ellinger called a timeout down 20-22, but Miller picked up the next 3 points to win the match.

Curry led the Huskies with 8 of their 25 kills. Katelyn Chytka had 13 digs, Sophia Giorgio 24 assists and Corder a block. For Miller, Fernholz finished with 27 and Storm Johnsen 15 of Miller’s 53 kills.

See full story in this week’s Leader-Courier.