SIOUX FALLS — Sioux Falls O’Gorman outlasted Yankton 26-24, 25-19, 25-10 in the volleyball regular season finale for Yankton.
“Tonight the Gazelles took another big step in the climb toward positive culture and the pursuit of excellence. We led O’Gorman, the number one team in the state, for most of the first set, leading by six points at one time,” Yankton head coach Shanna Koenig said. “The Gazelles stepped on the floor with confidence and the purpose of blocking and slowing down OG’s hitters, forcing them to make mistakes, while also focusing on serve-receive so we could run an offense.”
Gabby Pietila posted 10 kills and three blocks (one solo) to lead Yankton. Jordyn Salvatori finished with seven kills. Camille McDermott had 21 assists and two ace serves. Emily Reinhardt had two assisted blocks in the effort.
“We just have to learn how to finish, how to continue to play to win even in high pressure situations,” Koenig said. “We were the new culture team for the first two sets, playing the best volleyball the Gazelles have played the last two seasons, and then the third set, the seeds of doubt, of old culture, resurfaced and we struggle to put things together and stay confident.”
Yankton will play in the SoDak 16 on Thursday, Nov. 14. The Gazelles will likely be the 16th seed.
“I am incredibly proud of these young women and the elevation of their game and teamwork that was on display tonight,” Koenig said. “O’Gorman is an athletic and skilled volleyball team, but it gave the Gazelles an opportunity to see just how good of a volleyball team we are and can continue to grow to be.”
O’Gorman battled past Yankton 25-22, 18-25, 15-10 in the JV match.
For Yankton, Lilly Thoms had four kills and four blocks (three solo) to lead the way. Chloe McDermott finished with three kills and three ace serves. Reinhardt also had three kills. Jillian Schulte had six assists and two ace serves. Molly Savey had six digs and two ace serves. Britta Pietila had two ace serves and Tatum Hohenthaner added eight digs in the effort.
O’Gorman won the sophomore match 25-6, 25-12. The Knights took the freshmen ‘A’ match 25-16, 25-11; and the freshmen ‘B’ match 23-25, 25-15, 18-16.