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Harrisburg sweeps Central in ESD matchup

Aberdeen Central’s Sawyer Bahr, center, reaches hit the ball as she serves during Thursday night’s match against Harrisburg at Golden Eagles Arena. Photo by John Davis taken 10/13/2022

Third-ranked Harrisburg turned on the jets Thursday night, breezing past Aberdeen Central in straight sets in an Eastern South Dakota Conference volleyball matchup at Golden Eagles Arena.

The Tigers won by set scores of 25-19, 25-13 and 25-11.

“Harrisburg is a good team,” said Central head coach Jackie Bindenagel.

The Golden Eagles were able to pose a threat in the early portions of the night using an aggressive service approach and taking advantage of a string of Tiger hitting errors.

Harrisburg, however, was able to right its ship, while Central struggled through some growing pains as it made a switch to a 6-2 offense.

“We tried some different things,” Bindenagel said. “Some of them worked, and some we’ll go back to practice with.”

Lauryn Burckhard had five kills to lead the way offensively for the Golden Eagles.

Aberdeen Central’s Leah Gough, center, reaches to hit the ball at the net as Harrisburg’s Maggie Meister (22) and Kayleigh Hybertson (11) defend during Thursday night’s match at Golden Eagles Arena. Looking on for Central is Grace Kuch, far left and Sydney Evans (32). Photo by John Davis taken 10/13/2022

Central is now back on the road for five straight matches, starting Saturday at Yankton.

Serving: Aberdeen Central 39-45 2 aces (Anna Malchow 12-12 1 ace, Grace Kuch 6-9 1 ace).

Hitting: Aberdeen Central 59-70 15 kills (Lauryn Burckhard 11-14 5 kills, Leah Gough 12-16 3 kills, Ashley Wangler 7-7 3 kills).

Setting: Aberdeen Central 51-54 12 assists (Emma Dohrer 29-32 8 assists, Arylie Waldo 20-20 3 assists). 

Digs: Aberdeen Central 23 (Sydney Evans 9, Malchow 5).

Blocks: Aberdeen Central 2 (Taryn Nieman 2).

Records: Harrisburg 14-3; Aberdeen Central 9-10.

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