Sioux Central stuffs St. Mary's

Saturday, September 19, 2015
Sioux Central's Demi Tripp gets underneath a Panther serve during the Rebels' sweep of St. Mary's Thursday night in Sioux Rapids. (Photo by Nate Shaughnessy)

SIOUX RAPIDS -- The Rebels turned Thursday night's volleyball match with Storm Lake St. Mary's into a block party as they stuffed nearly 10 Panther attacks, including four solo and three block assists by Kenzie Keune in a 3-0 sweep.

"We came out really strong tonight. So many good things happened, and the smiles were back on my girls' faces," Sioux Central volleyball coach Sue Mattson said. "We worked hard in practice covering the block, and it paid off tonight."

Sioux Central didn't just focus on net defense in the three-set win. A 93 percent serving rate helped, and the back line dug up 35 St. Mary's attacks.

"We served very well which messed up their passing," Mattson explained. "How my girls played tonight is how they should be playing all season. They were having so much fun, and again, they did so many good things."

The Rebels were dominant in game one due to frequent St. Mary's errors, winning 25-9.

The Panthers cleaned it up a bit in the second set, but Sioux Central had the momentum, rolling to a 25-16 victory.

St. Mary's showed some fight in the third game. It just wouldn't cut it against the Rebels as they took the set and match 25-21.

Keune finished with a team-high nine kills and three aces. Nicole Scharn dished out 18 assists, and Kara Clausen led the Rebels with 10 digs.

Sioux Central is now 7-5. They'll see plenty of action Saturday at the OA-BCIG Invitational.

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