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Central completes weekend volleyball sweep

Aberdeen Central’s Grace Kuch, left, tries to hit the ball past Pierre’s Reese Terwilliger, center and Lily Sanchez, far right, during a recent match at the Golden Eagles Arena. Kuch had 12 kills in a victory at Sturgis on Saturday. Photo by John Davis taken 9/3/2022

STURGIS – The Aberdeen Central volleyball program completed its weekend sweep of West River squads with a three-set victory over Sturgis Saturday afternoon. The Golden Eagles won the non-conference match by set scores of 25-8, 25-15 and 25-19.

The win moves Central to 5-2 on the season after a pair of non-conference weekend victories.

“It was nice to go out west and try a few new things,” said Central coach Jackie Bindenagel.

After a balanced offensive attack in a win over Spearfish on Friday, Central got a big effort at the net from senior Grace Kuch on Saturday. Kuch finished with 12 kills, a block and two digs.

The Golden Eagles backed that up with eight kills from Leah Gough, five from Lauryn Burckhard and four from Ashley Wangler.

Sydney Evans had 12 digs, two kills, an assist and a service ace in her second match back from concussion protocol.

“We had a good presence from our middles,” Bindenagel said. “We need to continue to work on finding a good rhythm with our setters and hitters. The kids know that’s a process, so we’re glad to have a few more days to get ready for our first Sioux Falls schools later this week.”

Central will host Sioux Falls Lincoln Thursday in the first of three matches in less than a week. That match is set to begin at 7 p.m. at Golden Eagles Arena.

Serving: Aberdeen Central 69-72 4 aces (Anna Malchow 11-11 2 aces, Sawyer Bahr 23-23 1 ace, Sydney Evans 12-14 1 ace).

Hitting: Aberdeen Central 78-100 35 kills (Grace Kuch 25-31 12 kills, Leah Gough 23-32 8 kills, Lauryn Burckhard 14-18 5 kills).

Setting: Aberdeen Central 81-81 22 assists (Arylie Waldo 76-76 23 assists).

Digs: Aberdeen Central 44 (Evans 12, Gough 7, Madison Miller 7).

Blocks: Aberdeen Central 2 solo (Kuch, Burckhard).

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