Dells Volleyball Finishes 2-3 at Sanford Tourney, Fletcher Hits Milestone

NewDRLogoThe Dell Rapids Quarriers played a total of five matches on Saturday, September 22nd at the Sanford Pentagon Invitational volleyball tournament in Sioux Falls.  The Quarriers had pool play matches against Mt Vernon/Plankinton, Central Lyons, IA, and Warner, and then they had bracket matches against Aberdeen Roncalli and Rapid City Central.

The Quarriers’ day started with pool play.  Their first match was a 2-1 win over Mt Vernon/Plankinton by scores of 21-25, 25-22, 25-23.  The Quarriers then played Central Lyons, IA and fell two sets to zero.  The final pool play match was against the #2 team in Class B, the Warner Monarchs.  Warner won by set scores of 25-10, 25-11.

With a 1-2 record in pool play, Dell Rapids was placed in the silver bracket for the evening matches.   The Quarriers won the opening match of bracket play over Aberdeen Roncalli by scores of 25-18, 25-17.  The win put Dell Rapids in the championship match of the silver bracket against the Rapid City Central Cobblers.  Dell Rapids won the first set 25-14, but the Cobblers won the next two sets 25-16, 25-21 to take the match.

During the tournament Hannah Fletcher reached the 1,000 career set assists milestone!

Dell Rapids (12-5) will host the McCook Central/Montrose Fighting Cougars in a big Class A volleyball match-up on Tuesday, September 25th.  The match can be seen on Big Sioux Media.

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Quarriers Win Fifth Straight Match for Second Time this Year

NewDRLogoThe #4 ranked Dell Rapids Quarriers have their second five-match winning streak of the season.  This comes after defeating the Flandreau Fliers in four sets on Thursday, September 20th at Dell Rapids High School by scores of 27-25, 19-25, 25-10, and 25-22.

Jayda Knuppe led the offensive attack with 12 kills on the night.  Mackenzie Grisham was right behind with 10 kills of her own.  Dezi Rus finished with five kills, and Hannah Fletcher had four kills.  Fletcher also finished the night with a match-high 29 set assists.  Brooke Klein anchored the Quarrier defense with 35 digs.  Fletcher added 12 digs.  Kenzie Garry led the up front defense of the Quarriers with two blocks.  Knuppe also had a block in the match.

Leaders for Flandreau included Marianna Pavlis with nine kills and five blocks, Jaycie Pulscher with 19 set assists and three aces, Kennedy Headrick with seven kills, and Melina Matthys with five kills and three blocks.

Dell Rapids (10-2) will play in the Sanford Pentagon Invitational Tournament on Saturday, September 22nd in Sioux Falls.  Dell Rapids will play Mt Vernon-Plankinton (9:00 a.m. – Court 8), Central Lyon (11:00 a.m. – Court 8), and Warner (2:00 p.m. – Court 8) in pool play before moving on to the bracket round later in the day.

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Quarriers Notch Fourth Match Win in a Row

NewDRLogoHolding steady at the #4 spot of the latest South Dakota media poll this week, the Dell Rapids Quarriers defeated the Garretson Blue Dragons in straight sets on Tuesday, September 18th in Garretson.  The Quarriers won by scores of 25-17, 27-25, 25-14.

Leaders on the night for Dell Rapids included Brooke Klein who had 32 digs, 11 service points, and three aces.  Hannah Fletcher had 22 set assists, 13 digs, eight service points and six kills.  Jayda Knuppe finished with 10 kills, eight service points, six digs, and three aces.  Mackenzie Grisham tallied 19 digs, 11 service points, eight kills, and one ace.  Maria Jackson had five kills and two blocks, while Sam Price tallied 20 digs.

With the win Dell Rapids improves to 9-2 on the season.  The Quarriers will host the Flandreau Fliers on Thursday, September 20th in their next match.

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#4 Ranked Quarriers Continue to Roll

NewDRLogoThe #4 ranked Dell Rapids Quarriers continue to roll as their won their third straight match and eighth overall on the season after a 3-1 win over the Tri-Valley Mustangs on Thursday, September 13th at Dell Rapids High School.  Tri-Valley won the first set by a score of 25-17, but Dell Rapids won the next three to take the match by scores of 25-13, 25-18, and 25-14.

Hannah Fletcher finished the night with 23 set assists, 11 digs, 10 service points, five kills, and three aces.  Brooke Klein had a solid defensive match with 18 digs and also added six service points.  Jayda Knuppe led the team with 11 kills.  Knuppe also had 12 digs, 12 service points, three aces, and a block.  Kyra Graham had five blocks and three kills, while Maria Jackson had five kills and three blocks.  Mackenze Grisham added 11 digs and eight service points.  Mallory Haak finished with 10 digs and two aces.  Dezi Rus had seven digs and four kills.

Dell Rapids (8-2) will travel to Garretson to take on the Blue Dragons on Tuesday, September 18th for their next match.

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Quarrier Volleyball Wins Seventh Match of Season

NewDRLogoThe Dell Rapids Quarriers, ranked #4 in the latest South Dakota Media polls, won their seventh match of the season with a straight set win over the Canton C-Hawks on Tuesday, September 11th, in Canton.  The Quarriers won by scores of 25-16, 25-8, 25-23.

Brooke Klein led the team in digs with 14 on the night.  Klein also had two service points.  Jayda Knuppe had eight kills and two service points.  Maria Jackson finished with four service points and three kills.  Kyra Graham had three blocks and the net along with a kill.  Hannah Fletcher tallied 15 set assists, 10 digs, and three kills.

Dell Rapids (7-2) will host Dak-12 foe the Tri-Valley Mustangs on Thursday, September 13th.

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Quarrier Volleyball Back in Win Column

NewDRLogoThe Dell Rapids Quarrier volleyball team got back in the win column on Thursday, September 6th against Tea Area.  The Quarriers defeated the Titans by set scores of 25-20, 25-14, 24-26, 25-12.  The win stopped a two-match losing streak for the Quarriers.

Jayda Knuppe was strong at the net with 19 kills and added 21 service points.    Mackenzie Grisham had eight kills and 19 digs.  Dezi Rus added seven kills and eight service points.  Kyra Graham and Maria Jackson both had four kills each.  Hannah Fletcher had 39 set assists, 19 digs, seven service points, and three kills on the night.  Brooke Klein had 28 digs, and Sam Price and Gabi Rus both added 14 digs each.

Dell Rapids (6-2) will now travel to Canton to play the C-Hawks on Tuesday, September 11th.

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Fletcher Signs with DSU

FletcherDSUSign_1Dell Rapids Quarrier senior volleyball player Hannah Fletcher signed her letter of intent to play volleyball with the Dakota State University Trojans on Wednesday, September 5th.  Fletcher was joined by her family, Quarrier head coach Jessica Ahlers, DSU head coach Amy Veenhoff, and DSU assistant coach Ceanna Larson for the signing.

Fletcher’s first year as a varsity setter was last year (2017).  She had a very successful year with a hitting percentage of 94% (194-206), three kills per set average, .8 aces per set average, 11.4 digs per set average, .4 blocks per set average, and 22 assists per set average.  Fletcher was also a Dak-12 All-Conference team member and named Dell Rapids Most Valuable Front Row Player in 2017.  Fletcher is on the verge of reaching 1,000 career set assists this season.  Currently she had 838 career sets and has been averaging close to 30 sets per match, which puts the milestone in reach this season.  She was also ranked as one of the top five setters in all of South Dakota by Adrenaline Volleyball this season.

Coach Ahlers had this to say about Fletcher, “Hannah has been an amazing athlete to watch grow over the past four years and is very deserving of this accomplishment. She truly loves the game of volleyball and is constantly trying to perfect her skill. Her leadership abilities not only make her a great setter, but a captain for the whole team to look up to. I am certain it will be a smooth transition into the collegiate playing level for Hannah, and Dakota State University is very lucky to have such a great setter headed their way.”

Veenhoff said that she is very excited to have Fletcher join the Trojan volleyball team next fall.  “She’s going to be a great addition to the team.  She’s a great person and student, and she has a passion for volleyball!  She’s exactly what every coach wants on their team!  She has some good experience being a team leader out on the court and does a good job of running the offense for Dell Rapids.  We are very happy she has decided to continue her volleyball career here at Dakota State!” Veenhoff said.

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Chargers Top Quarriers in Battle of Top Two Teams

DRvsSFC_VB_8-30-18The top two ranked teams in South Dakota Class A volleyball did battle at Dell Rapids High School on Thursday, August 30th.  The #1 ranked Sioux Falls Christian Chargers defeated the #2 ranked Dell Rapids Quarriers by scores of 25-10, 21-25, 25-13, 25-12 to remain undefeated.

The start of the first set remained closed as the Chargers took the serve with a 10-8 lead.  Sioux Falls Christian found some momentum and used an 11-point run to take a 21-8 lead.  The Chargers cruised to the first set win.

The Chargers was able to maintain about a four point lead through the first half of the second set.  Sioux Falls Christian led 12-8 before Dell Rapids tied the set at 13-13.  The two teams traded points back-and-forth.  With the Chargers leading 19-18, Dell Rapids scored the next five points and led 23-19.  The Quarriers were able to hang on for the win in the second set.

Again the Chargers held an early four-point lead in the third set at 8-4 and then again at 12-8.  Dell Rapids pulled within three points at 14-11, but Sioux Falls Christian closed out the third set on an 11-2 run to go ahead two sets to one.

Dell Rapids grabbed the early lead to start the fourth set at 4-2.  Sioux Falls Christian tied the score at 5-5, and then they went on a 12-3 run to take a 17-8 lead.  The Chargers didn’t look back from that point and took the match three sets to one.

Jayda Knuppe finished the match with eight kills and two service points.  Maria Jackson had three kills and four service points.  Hannah Fletcher finished with 15 set assists, 10 digs, five service points, and three kills.  Brooke Klein led the team with 14 digs on the night and also had two service points and an ace.  Kyra Graham had two blocks and a kill in the match.

“It’s been a tough week on the volleyball court.  While it’s always difficult to lose, there have been so many positives that have come out of these two games.  If the girls can leave it all out on the court every set, we will be unstoppable! They have so much heart and potential, the sky is the limit with this team!” said head coach Jessica Ahlers.

Dell Rapids (5-2) will host Tea Area in their third straight home match on Thursday, September 6th.

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Quarrier Volleyball Loses Home Opener to EPJ

NewDRLogoThe Dell Rapids Quarriers lost their first match of the season which was their first home match on Tuesday, August 28th.  The Quarriers fell to the Elk Point-Jefferson Huskies in four sets by scores of 22-25, 19-25, 25-17, and 24-26.

Jayda Knuppe had 21 kills in the match, and Marie Jackson added 11 kills and two blocks.  Hannah Fletcher had 42 set assists and 14 digs.  Same Price and Brook Klein both finished with 29 digs.  Klein also had 10 service points.

The Quarriers (5-1), currently ranked #2 in Class A volleyball, will host the #1 Sioux Falls Christian on Thursday, August 30th.  The match can be seen on Big Sioux Media.

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Quarrier Volleyball Wins Canton Tournament

Photo submitted by head coach Jessica Ahlers

Photo submitted by head coach Jessica Ahlers

The Dell Rapids Quarrier volleyball team won the Canton Tournament on Saturday, August 25th in Canton.  Dell Rapids did not lose a set in their four matches.

Dell Rapids finished at the top of their pool with three wins.  Dell Rapids had a 26-24, 25-9 win over West Lyon.  They followed that with a 25-11, 25-16 win over Garretson.  The final pool play match was a win over Vermillion by scores of 25-17, 25-12.

The championship match of the tournament was played against Canistota.  Dell Rapids won that match in straight sets as well by scores of 25-14, 25-17.

Several Quarrier players had a great tournament.  Brooke Klein finished with 40 digs, four kills, 26 service points, two aces, and two set assists.  Dezi Rus ended the day with 14 service points, one ace, seven digs, and five kills.  Hannah Fletcher tallied 62 set assists, 25 digs, 26 service points, two aces, six kills, and two blocks.  Jayda Knuppe had 29 service points, four aces, 17 kills, and 16 digs.  Mackenzie Grisham added 24 kills, 23 digs, and 12 service points.  Maria Jackson finished with 12 kills, 12 service points, and two blocks.  Sam Price had 23 digs, and Kyra Graham added nine kills and four blocks.

Dell Rapids (5-0) will play their first home match of the season on Tuesday, August 28th when they host the Elk Point-Jefferson Huskies.

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