Sweet 16 Bittersweet for Quarrier Volleyball

DRvsMadison_VB_11-7-17The “Sweet 16″ match turned bittersweet for the Dell Rapids Quarrier volleyball team as they fell to the #4 seeded Madison Bulldogs at Brandon Valley High School on Tuesday, November 7th.  After the Quarriers were one point away from a trip to the State A tournament, the Madison Bulldogs found a way to rally and come back to win 3-2 by set scores of 19-25, 29-31, 26-24, 25-20, 15-3 to advance to the state tournament.

Madison started the match with an early 5-2 lead in the first set.  Dell Rapids went on a 10-2 run to take a 12-7 lead midway through the set.  Madison chipped away to tie the set at 18-18, but the Quarriers closed out the set on a 7-1 run to take the first set.

The Bulldogs seemed to regroup in the second set and led 11-6 early.  Dell Rapids closed the gap to 16-14, but Madison went on an 8-1 run to lead 24-15 and had the serve.  Dell Rapids forced the side out to get the serve and make the score 24-16.  Mackenzie Grisham then served nine straight points to give Dell Rapids a 25-24 lead.  The Quarriers were able to maintain the advantage and eventually won the second set 31-29 to give them a 2-0 set lead.

The third set started with runs by both teams.  Madison scored the first four points to take a 4-0 lead.  Dell Rapids answered with four in a row to tie the set at 4-4.  The Bulldogs then put up five in a row to go ahead 9-4.  Dell Rapids worked to tie the set at 12-12 and found momentum to go ahead 19-15.  Dell Rapids held on to the lead at 22-19.  Madison scored the next three points to tie at 22-22.  The two teams traded points to remained tied at 23-23.  After a net violation on a block attempted was called against Madison, the Quarriers found themselves at match point with a score of 24-23.  After a rally, Dell Rapids was called for a net violation to tie things at 24-24.  The Bulldogs rallied for the final two points to steal the third set at 26-24 and keep the match alive.

Set four started back and forth and was tied at 4-4.  Madison went on a 5-0 run to take a 9-4 lead.  Madison maintained about a four-to-six point lead through the middle of the set and then pushed their lead to 17-9.  Dell Rapids rallied to cut the lead to 20-16 and 24-20, but Madison closed out the set at 25-20 to force the fifth and final set.

The Bulldogs seemed to gain momentum throughout the fourth set and jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the fifth set.  Dell Rapids could not get any momentum going of their own, and the Bulldogs took the final set 15-3.

The Dell Rapids Quarrier season comes to an end with an overall record of 19-10.

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