State Volleyball: Stevens Raiders advance to state championship

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The Rapid City Stevens Raiders opened the State AA Volleyball Championships on Thursday with a hard fought win over Huron.

After dropping the first set, the Raiders battled back to win the next three sets, thanks to 10 kills by Elizabeth Schaefer.

Stevens squared off against No. 7 Sioux Falls Washington on Friday night in the semifinals.

The Raiders won the first set 26-24. But Washington bounced back to take a two set to one lead.

Stevens finally forced a fifth set and defeated the Warriors 16-14 to win the match.

Phebie Rossi led the Raiders with 8 kills followed by Elizabeth Schaefer with 7.

Stevens is back in the state championship match for the first time since 2007. The Raiders will play top seed Harrisburg in the final on Saturday at 8 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: Video clip includes highlights of Belle Fourche, Rapid City Stevens and Faith.

Meanwhile, the Belle Fourche Broncs' run for a state title came to a end on Friday night.

The Broncs lost to No. 2 Dakota Valley in straight sets in the State A semifinals.

Belle Fourche will play Madison on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in the third place match.

The Faith Longhorns suffered another tough loss on Friday.

Faith lost to Hanson in the State B consolation semifinals, three sets to one.

Faith will try to claim the seventh place trophy on Saturday as the Longhorns take on Deubrook Area at 9 a.m.

State Tournament Class AA

Consolation Semifinal

Aberdeen Central def. Sioux Falls O'Gorman, 25-19, 26-24, 25-15

Huron def. Mitchell, 25-22, 22-25, 25-15, 25-20

Championship Semifinal

Harrisburg def. Watertown, 25-11, 24-26, 25-11, 23-25, 15-12

Rapid City Stevens def. Sioux Falls Washington, 26-24, 22-25, 16-25, 25-19, 16-14

State Tournament Class A

Consolation Semifinal

McCook Central/Montrose def. Miller, 18-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-17

Sioux Valley def. Parker, 25-22, 20-25, 23-25, 25-15, 15-10

Championship Semifinal

Dakota Valley def. Belle Fourche, 25-15, 25-16, 25-15

Sioux Falls Christian def. Madison, 25-20, 25-16, 25-19

State Tournament Class B

Consolation Semifinal

Burke/South Central def. Deubrook, 25-17, 25-12, 25-19

Hanson def. Faith, 23-25, 25-15, 25-17, 25-18

Championship Semifinal

Northwestern def. Herreid/Selby Area, 25-12, 25-9, 25-16

Warner def. Chester, 21-25, 25-14, 25-13, 25-16

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