State Volleyball: Rapid City Stevens drops first round match to Sioux Falls Washington

SDPB Sports and Sports StaffNovember 17, 2022Sports
photo courtesy of South Dakota Public BroadcastingRapid City Stevens volleyball in action vs Sioux Falls Washington Thursday.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Top seeded Sioux Falls Washington rolled to a 3-0 set victory over Rapid City Stevens Thursday as the Class AA State Volleyball tournament got underway.

Washington won set 1 byt the score 25-11, set 2, 25-20 and set 3, 25-20.

The Warriors were led by Joslyn Richardson’s 20 kills and Macie Malchow’s 30 Aces.

Stevens was led by Isabell Higgins’ 7 kills and 9 aces. Carsyn Mettler added 10 aces for the Raiders.

In the day’s other matchup, Sioux Falls Jefferson defeated Pierre 3-1.

In other early action Thursday:

Elk Point Jefferson stunned top seeded Wagner, winning 3 sets to 1 at the Class A tournament. The Huskies won sets one and two by a score of 25-21 and 25-23. They then dropped the third set 25-23, but held off a rally from the Red Raiders in set four to win it 27-25.

Elk Point-Jefferson has had a tremendous post-season. They swept Beresford at home in the first round of regionals, then swept the C-Hawks in Canton, and took out Rapid City Christian 3-0 in the SoDak 16 to get to state. Up next they’ll have to play Sioux Falls Christian, the five-time defending champs in Class A.

Fourth seeded Sioux Falls Christian defeated Dakota Valley 3-0 in the day’s second match.

In Class B, top seeded Warner escaped with a 3-1 win over Freeman and Wolsey-Wessington outlasted Northwestern 3-2.