Hawks rally to advance to semifinals in Class B

Mike Carroll/Daily Plainsman: Berkley Gross of Colman-Egan dives for a ball as teammate Olivia Baumberger looks on during a match against Bridgewater-Emery in the opening round of the Class B State Tournament on Thursday at Huron Arena.

HURON – Colman-Egan made the most of its debut in the Class B State Volleyball Tournament, defeating Bridgewater-Emery 20-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-15 in the quarterfinals Thursday afternoon at Huron Arena.

“The girls came in with some nerves – that showed in the first set,” said CE coach Abigail Dockter. “They overcame the nerves and started playing their game, which allowed us to come out with a win.”

Dakota Valley Conference Co-MVP Olivia Baumberger led the way with another big match, logging 17 kills, 3 1/2 blocks (three solo), three service aces, 15 digs and a set assist.

Mackenzie Hemmer racked up 16 kills while adding a block, an ace, 17 digs and a pair of set assists.

Hailey Larson also reached double figures with nine kills and a solo block. She notched six digs.

Braiden Westley guided the offense with 31 set assists and paced the defense with 29 digs. Kennedi Landis chipped in with 11 set assists. Elizabeth Moore came up with 16 digs.

The fifth-seeded Huskies (21-3) got 10 kills, a block assist and 21 digs from Josie Weber.

The fourth-seeded Hawks (25-3) take on No. 1 Northwestern (27-1) in the semifinals today at 5 p.m.

 Northwestern 3, Corsica/Stickney 0

The Wildcats won 25-12, 25-8, 25-13.

Sydney Schell had 14 kills and two blocks. Hannah Schentzel added nine kills, two aces, a block assist and nine digs.

Brooklinn Halvorson dished out 27 set assists and Joclyn Haven notched 12 digs.

The Jaguars’ Morgan DeLange had seven kills.

 Chester Area 3, Faulkton 1

The Flyers won 25-21, 26-24, 24-26, 25-16.

Ella Pry (14 kills), Breckyn Ewoldt (15) and Jayda Kenyon (14) combined for 49 points.

Kenna Brown dished out 47 set assists.

Brown and Emery Larson both had 18 digs, as Ewoldt and Kaylor Geraets notched 13 apiece and Carly Becker chipped in with 10.

The Trojans’ Isabel Aesoph had 13 kills, 33 digs and 15 set assists. Peyton Melius had 10 kills and 19 digs.

 Warner 3, Hitchcock/Tulare 2

The Monarchs won 25-23, 25-18, 23-25, 23-25, 15-7.

Jennifer Aman led four Monarchs in double figures with 16 kills.

Ava Nilsson dished out 52 set assists and came up with 16 digs.

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