State Volleyball Preview: RC Stevens set to open play on Thursday against SF O’Gorman
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The 38th annual state volleyball championships are set to begin on Thursday with all three classes competing at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.
The Rapid City Stevens Raiders are the state defending champions in Class ‘AA’.
But this year, Stevens enters the state volleyball tournament as the No. 7 seed with a 22-10 record.
The Raiders will take on No. 2 Sioux Falls O‘Gorman in the opening round on Thursday.
The Knights, who are 24-4, defeated Stevens in straight sets back on September 21.
However, Stevens head coach Kylie Voorhees feels her team is peaking at the right time and that all the pressure is on Sioux Falls O‘Gorman.
“But I just honestly think you know not having the huge weight on our back this year will put the girls minds at ease,” Stevens volleyball coach Kylie Voorhees said. “Knowing that their not number one coming into it, that anything we do is positive at the state tournament. And taking out O’Gorman would be a huge win and a good success for the season. So I think that’s also helpful.”
The Rapid City Stevens Raiders have the luxury of playing at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center this weekend.
But Sioux Falls O‘Gorman will be still be a tough challenge for the Raiders.
However, coach Voorhees feels like her team has a solid game plan.
“We definitely have some different shots that we’re looking at,” coach Voorhees said. “We’ve got a defensive game plan. We’ve got blocking strategies. Then of course, we’ve got to pick apart their passing game to try and take them out of system right away. So like I said, our game plan is definitely in line, we just have to make sure we execute that game plan.”
“The first time we played them, it was at the beginning of our season and we weren’t in the same rotation that we’re in now,” Rapid City Stevens senior Laura Petik said. “They have a lot of really good hitters and setters. So as long as we play our game, I know that we’ll put up a really good fight.”
State AA Volleyball Tournament
Schedule for Thursday, Nov. 21
#9 Harrisburg vs #1 Watertown 1 p.m.
#5 SF Washington vs #4 SF Roosevelt 2:45 p.m.
#6 SF Lincoln vs #3 Huron 4:30 p.m.
#7 RC Stevens vs #2 SF O’Gorman 6:15 p.m.
State A Volleyball Tournament
#8 Elk Point-Jefferson vs #1 Miller 1 p.m.
#5 SF Christian vs #4 Winner 2:45 p.m.
#6 Groton Area vs #3 McCook Central-Montrose 4:30 p.m.
#7 Madison vs #2 Dakota Valley 6:15 p.m.
State B Volleyball Tournament
#8 Bridgewater-Emery vs #1 Northwestern 1 p.m.
#5 Warner vs #4 Faith 2:45 p.m.
#6 Burke vs #3 Ethan 4:30 p.m.
#7 Faulkton Area vs #2 Chester Area 6:15 p.m.