High school volleyball: Sioux Valley Cossacks win in straight sets over De Smet in Volga

Sioux Valley’s Kaedyn Sapp hits the ball during a 3-0 win over De Smet on Tuesday night at the Cossack Center in Volga. Sapp had 15 digs, eight aces and six kills in the win. (Andrew Holtan/Brookings Register)

VOLGA — Sioux Valley volleyball took care of business on Tuesday night as the Cossacks swept De Smet in dominant fashion.

Sioux Valley won the first set 25-13 and the second set 25-15. The Cossacks were then led 14-13 in set three and went on an 11-5 run to close out the match and get the sweep.

The Cossacks were coming off of a third-place finish in the Big East Conference Tournament and swept Flandreau in the third-place game on Saturday. Sioux Valley head coach Jill Vincent said she thought the team’s performance on Saturday carried into Tuesday night.

“I think we have a lot of confidence coming in from the way we played on Saturday. I think we’re doing a lot of good things and I think we continued to do that [tonight],” Vincent said.

Sioux Valley has now won six of its past seven matches after starting the season 1-2. All six of those wins have come by the way of a sweep and Vincent said her team has come together the past couple weeks.

“I think we’ve been playing with a high intensity. Tonight we were maybe a little off with our intensity, but for the most part we kept it pretty clean. We know we can make a lot of errors and score points for the other team, so we want to try to limit that. We need to work on that. Tonight we had a lot of serving errors, but these past couple weeks we’ve been really coming together and everybody knows where they’re going and what they’re doing, so it’s a nice change,” Vincent said.

Adison Renkly led Sioux Valley with 14 kills, seven digs, two aces and 2.5 blocks. Vincent mentioned at the beginning of the season that she wanted to see Renkly step up as a leader this year and over the past couple of weeks she has come into her own.

“I think the last couple matches [Renkly] has really been my spark. She’s worked really hard in the front row and her blocking has given us a lot of energy. She’s always talking when she’s on the bench and telling people to keep going. She’s been very good,” Vincent said.

Kaedyn Sapp had eight aces, six kills and 15 digs for the Cossacks. Allie Hofer had six kills and Emma Gorvin had five kills. Sunny Hesby had 21 assists and Talya Vincent had 10 digs. Machaela Gerasch had 11 assists and Caitlin Russell had seven digs.

Sioux Valley had 11 service aces as a team but also had 10 service errors. Vincent said she liked the aces but doesn’t want her team looking for them all of the time.

“I thought we had too many serving errors, but I did think we were going for the aces a little bit too much. So, we have to be careful and be aware of any mistakes from before, so that we don’t have two errors in a row. But it was pretty good tonight,” Vincent said.

Hazel Luethmers led the Bulldogs with nine kills, six digs and two blocks. Alyssa Asleson had nine digs and seven assists. Megan Dylla had eight assists and seven digs. Harper Anderson had six digs.

Sioux Valley will play in the Lake Preston Invitational on Saturday. The tournament has Arlington, De Smet, Estelline/Hendricks, Flandreau, Iroqouis/Lake Preston, Sioux Valley, Waubay-Summit and Waverly-South Shore in it and will begin at 9 a.m. at Lake Preston School

Vincent said is happy with the way the team has been playing but there are still a few things she would like to work on.

“I would like to see our serve receive passes cleaned up a little bit. Maybe not dropping balls in the back row. But for the most part we’ve been doing pretty well,” Vincent said.