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High School Volleyball: Pierre ends Golden Eagles' win streak
By Deb Smith, American News Sports Writer
Published on Wednesday, August 29, 2007
No lead was safe in the Aberdeen Central and Pierre volleyball match. In three of the five games, the team that built a big cushion ended up losing.

Pierre became the first team to beat Central in an Eastern South Dakota match since Watertown in October of 2005 as the Governors defeated the defending ESD champion Golden Eagles
18-25, 25-22, 26-28, 26-24, 15-10 on Tuesday at Golden Eagles Arena. The Governors lost two of the first three games but rallied for the win.

“We were beaten by Aberdeen four times last year,” said Pierre coach Kacy Kienholz. “They (Pierre players) were determined to come in here and play as hard as they could and they refused to get beat. They showed that, especially in game four when all Aberdeen needed was a sideout, but we were able to come back and beat them.”

In the fourth game, Central led 23-18 and just needed two points to win the entire match. The Governors outscored the home team 8-1 to win the match and extend it to game five. The Golden Eagles led 24-21 but did not score again.

“In that fourth game we showed a little bit of our inexperience by not continuing to attack,” said Central coach Greg Murley. “That's going to happen from time to time. We don't show film a whole bunch but we might let them look at that one so they could see what they look like.”

In the fifth and deciding game, the Governors built a 9-6 lead on a kill and an ace by Polly Gill and Bethany Goeden's kill. Suddenly, Pierre committed a serving error and three consecutive attacking errors allowing the Golden Eagles to grab the lead back at 10-9.

Next, the Pierre offense rolled to six straight points. The match ended on a service ace by Gina Geffre.

“Our offense is great if we can get it going,” said Kienholz. “In the first game we really struggled with our serve receive and our passing. That's one thing we picked up in the second game and for the rest of the match and that was serve receive.”

In the second game Central led 12-3 but Pierre rallied for a 25-22 win. Pierre led 20-13 in the third game before the Golden Eagles rattled off eight straight points on the way to a 28-26 win.

“We played hard and I'm not going to take that away them,” Murley said. “One of the things we need to walk away from this is that we can compete with those top teams. We also need to walk away knowing that we need to work harder in practice. We need to put ourselves in more game situations in practice.”

Mariah Stolle pounded down 17 kills to lead the Golden Eagles and Amanda Lipp added 13 kills and 16 digs. Casey Hodgin led the defense with 19 digs. Abby Kelsey handed out 16 set assists and Abby Taffe had 13.

“Pierre's going to be good. If I had to pick a team to win the conference, I would pick Pierre,” said Murley. “The conference seems a lot more balanced than I thought it would be. In order for us to get it done, we just need to extend ourselves and put ourselves on the line every day in practice.”

Central continues ESD action by hosting Watertown on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Golden Eagles Arena.

Serving: Central 100-106 7 aces (Casey Hodgin 16-17 1 ace, Amanda Lipp 20-20 2 aces, Alison Kusler 26-26 3 aces, Abby Kelsey 20-22 1 ace).

Hitting: Central 137-150 53 kills (Mariah Stolle 27-29 17 kills, Lipp 42-47 13 kills, Kelsey Hofer 10-12 7 kills, Kusler 25-27 6 kills, Ella Campbell 12-13 4 kills, Kelsey 6-6 3 kills).

Setting: Central 138-139 33 assists (Kelsey 69-69 16 assists, Abby Taffe 49-50 13 assists).

Digs: Central 69 (Hodgin 19, Lipp 16, Kusler 12, Kelsey 8, Paula Ruelas 7).

Blocks: Central 0 solo 7 assists (Stolle 2 assists).

Records: Pierre 3-0, 2-0 ESD; Central 2-1, 0-1 ESD