All tournament long, Rapid City Stevens volleyball showed grit and resolve and forced its way into the Class AA state title game.
Saturday night, its luck would run out against the defending champs.
Harrisburg put a bow on its 24-1 season with a 3-1 win over the Raiders 25-17, 21-25, 25-23, 25-15
The Tigers had no trouble with Stevens in the first set, jumping out to a 11-6 lead that stretched into a 21-12 lead before Harrisburg finished off the set.
In the second set, Stevens made it clear it would not go quietly. It led by as much as 17-8 before a Harrisburg run made it 21-17. The Raiders regrouped and closed out the set.
The third set was the most competitive, as neither team jumped out to more than a one or two point lead before Harrisburg made it 24-21. Stevens would score two points before Harrisburg closed out the set.
At the start of the second set it became clear that the Tigers could taste the championship. Quickly Harrisburg jumped out to a 10-3 lead, but Stevens put together a run to cut the lead to 12-8 and then 16-11.
That’s as close as Stevens would get.
Harrisburg went on a 5-3 lead to make it 21-14, and then closed out the final set, returning home with a state title.
Stevens finishes the season 30-7.
For details of the match, which was too late to publish, see online at www.rapidcityjournal.com and in Monday's print edition.
SIOUX FALLS WASHINGTON 3, WATERTOWN 2: Sioux Falls Washington earned a hard fought win in the Class AA third place game with a victory over Watertown Saturday afternoon.
After losing the first set 25-18, the Arrows bounced back to take the next two sets 25-21 and 25-18.
Sydni Schetnan led Washington with 16 kills, Hailey Olson had 20 assists and Peyton Rymerson finished with 37 digs.
McKenzie Buisker paced Watertown with 15 kills, Abby Johnson added 11 kills and Annie Norberg had 23 assists.
HURON 3, ABERDEEN CENTRAL 0: Hollee Niehus finished with 21 kills to lead Huron past Aberdeen Central in the Class AA fifth place game.
The Tigers jumped ahead early with a 26-24 first set victory, before putting the match away with 25-18 and 25-17 wins in the second and third sets.
Jayda Shillingstad finished with 27 assists for Huron and Tenley Buddenhagen tallied 18 digs.
Haylee Mork paced the Golden Eagles with 20 assists and 13 digs, Brooklyn Kusler had 10 kills and Laura Babcock finished with 30 digs.
MITCHELL 3, SIOUX FALLS O’GORMAN 0: Mitchell took seventh place with a straight set victory over Sioux Falls O’Gorman.
The Kernals took the first set 27-25, won the second 25-19 and closed out the match with a 25-15 third set.
Mackenzie Miller paced Mitchell with 16 kills, while Carly Haring chipped in with 11.
Mandy Schmidt led the team in assists with 33.
McKenzie Hermanson led the Lady Knights with 14 assists and Emma Ronsiek finished with 13 kills.