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Volleyball nailbiter at Eureka


September 6, 2023

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The North Central Thunder volleyball team sparred with South Border in Eureka.

North Central dropped a pair of varsity volleyball decisions last week. The Thunder first lost to South Border at home in Eureka on Tuesday and then lost a road game on August 31 in Faulkton.

The Thunder had kept things pretty close vs. their visitors from North Dakota. It was indeed a five-set outcome. South Border won 25-20 to open the evening, but the hosts would respond with a 25-23 victory and tacked on a 25-21 win to go ahead 2-1. But South Border wasn't quite ready to go home and claimed a 25-15 win in the fourth set and a overtime 15-9 victory.

Ella Batie led NC at the net with 15 kills among her 35 accurate hits. Amree VanderVorst was next at 41-47 and 12 kills. The team finished 135-159 there with 42 kills. In setting they were led by Sydney Bertsch with 157 accurate sets including 36 assists. The team totaled 192 sets with 41 assists.

They were 89-103 in serving and featured 16 aces, led by Jenisa Jacobs at 25-28 with five aces. Next was Billy Jo Hoffman at 18-20 with two aces and Sydnee Malsam at 17-19, four aces.

The Thunder had 112 digs, led by Jacobs at 41 and Hoffman at 17. The had seven blocks including Batie with five blocks and Mackenzeie Keiser with two.

Fast forward to the Faulkton game. The hosts defeated NC 25-22, 25-11 and 25-14.

But the Thunder connected on 68 hits that included nine kills. VanderVorst went 24-27 at the net with four kills. Batie also went 14-23 with two kills and Hoffman was 14-15 with two kills as well.

In setting they were 115-122 including seven assists. Bertsch was 77-79 with seven assists and Kaiser 23-25.

The service line produced 42 accurate serves that included three aces. VanderVorst went 11-11 with a pair of aces and Jacobs was 13-13.

They had 56 digs led by Jacobs and VanderVorst with 13 as well and Bertsch had 12.

The Thunder played Mobridge-Pollock on Tuesday. They will host McLaughlin in Bowdle on Sept. 7. They will return to Mobridge for a invitational on Sept. 9. Tuesday, Sept. 12 the NC Thunder will host Langford Area in Eureka.


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