High school volleyball: Castlewood upsets Colman-Egan at state tournament

Colman-Egan’s Daniela Lee tips the ball over the net during a Class B SoDak 16 match with Alcester-Hudson on Nov. 10. Lee and Brynlee Landis led the Hawks with 15 kills in their loss to Castlewood in the Class B quarterfinals on Thursday night. (Chris Schad/Brookings Register)

RAPID CITY — Sixth-seeded Castlewood used a fast start in the first two sets and a rally in the fourth set to upset third-seeded Colman-Egan in the quarterfinals of the SDHSAA State Class B Volleyball Tournament at The Monument Arena on Thursday night.

The Hawks started fast, scoring four of the first five points in the first set but Castlewood took control with a 9-2 run to take the lead. The Warriors jumped ahead 17-11 later in the set before C-E went on a 9-4 run to cut the lead down to 21-20. But Castlewood scored three straight points to earn set point and came away with a 25-21 win.

The Warriors carried their momentum by opening the second set with a 7-1 run but the Hawks responded with a 9-2 run that gave them a 10-9 lead on a kill by Elaina Rhode. Castlewood had another response, however, scoring the next five points to regain the lead and winning the second set 25-20.

The Warriors were on the verge of putting the match away with a 7-0 lead in the third set but Lee took over to will the Hawks back into it. Her back-to-back kills helped C-E tie the set at 13-13 before Presley Luze’s ace gave C-E a 14-13 lead. With the set tied at 23-23, Lee collected her seventh kill of the set to give C-E set point and an eventual 26-24 win to extend the match.

But despite a quick start and a 12-8 lead in the fourth set, the Hawks couldn’t keep the momentum going, falling into a tie at 23-23. A block by Kelly Goens gave Castlewood matchpoint at 24-23 and Brynlee Landis’s shot went long to allow the Warriors to complete the upset.

Landis and Lee led Colman-Egan with 15 kills each while Rhode had eight kills and Anna Zwart had six kills. Lanie Mousel had 27 assists while Kaylee Voelker had 19 assists while Lee had a team-high 20 digs for the Hawks.

Luze had 13 digs for the Hawks, Voelker had 12 while Mousel and Landis had 11 digs each. Lee had a team-high six blocks while Voelker had four blocks and Rhode and Zwart had two blocks each. Landis also had one block.

Lee had two aces while Voelker and Mousel had one ace each.

Presley Knecht led Castlewood with 24 kills and a team-high 14 digs. Emerson Carter also added 23 kills for the Hawks to go with 11 blocks. Gracie Haug had 48 assists and a team-high three aces for the Warriors.

Castlewood’s win sets up a semifinal matchup with Chester, who swept Faulkton Area 25-15, 25-10, 25-14 earlier on Thursday afternoon. The winner of that match will face either top-seeded Warner, who defeated Gayville-Volin in the quarterfinals 25-23, 25-9, 25-9 or fourth-seeded Burke, who defeated Wolsey-Wessington 25-19, 25-15, 15-25, 23-25, 15-10.

Meanwhile, the loss sent the Hawks to the consolation bracket where they will face seventh-seeded Faulkton Area at 1:45 p.m. central time on Friday and face either Gayville-Volin or Wolsey-Wessington on Saturday.