On Saturday, September 23rd, the Dell Rapids Quarrier volleyball team competed in the Pentagon Volleyball Tournament with 20 other teams. The day started with pool play, where Dell Rapids competed against Western Christian and Rapid City Central. Dell Rapids lost to Western Christian 11-25, 13-25, which was their only loss of the day. The Quarriers defeated Rapid City Central 23-25, 25-16, 25-23.
After pool play completed, the Quarriers were placed in the Silver Bracket. They opened up the bracket play with a tough game against Mt Vernon-Plankinton that resulted in a Quarrier win by scores of 27-25, 25-18. The day ended with a win against Central Lyon in the championship match 25-20, 27-25.
Brooke Klein finished the day with 63 digs, eight service points, and three kills. Hannah Fletcher had 31 digs, 22 service points, 14 kills, and 77 set assists. Jayda Knuppe had 18 kills, 10 digs, 20 service points, and five blocks on the day. Mackenzie Grisham added 30 digs, 10 kills, and 14 service points. Maria Jackson had 18 kills, 14 digs, and 17 service points. Sydney Stofferahn had 12 kills and five blocks. Trinity Gordon finished with 38 digs, 27 kills, and 13 service points.
Head coach Jessica Ahlers said, “It was great to come in and compete against teams we don’t normally see during the season. The girls had to adapt to each team and adjust their play in order to be successful. This tournament also provided an opportunity to work on our mental toughness and finding an inner drive to come back when we are behind. During one of the games we were down 10 points (3-13) and were able to chip away at the deficit with hard work, resulting in a win. These are the things we will need to continue to focus on as we move into the tough part of our season.”
The Quarriers (11-4) will travel to McCook Central/Montrose on Tuesday, September 26th.