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Sioux Falls Christian sweeps ELB for 3A title

Two-time def. champs headed back to state

12:00 AM, Nov. 07, 2012 EST

Second-ranked Sioux Falls Christian won their 13th match in a row, defeating Elkton-Lake Benton 25-16, 25-4 and 25-8 to win the Region 3A championship Tuesday night at the Chargers' gym.

With the win, the two-time defending Class A champions advance to next weekend's state tournament in Watertown.

Chargers coach Darci Wassenaar said the victory will help her team prepare for a run at a third straight title.

"We know we have to play every point as hard as we can," she said. "We just take one match at a time we want to play hard and just play the best that we can."

The first game saw Sioux Falls Christian take a 6-2 lead before the Lady Elks scored four points in a row to knot the score. The teams went back and forth before the Chargers took the lead back at 15-14 and ultimately closed with a 10-2 run to win 25-16.

Senior outside hitter Kiara VanderPol, who led the Chargers (27-4) with 11 kills, said the team finished strong after earning the game one win.

"We just realized we weren't playing to our full potential," she said. "We were kind of hesitant and we so just picked it up and we really went at it."

Sioux Falls Christian led the entire way in game two as they opened with a 4-1 lead. The Chargers quickly pushed their margin to double digits, outscoring Elkton-Lake Benton 21-3 to secure a 25-4 win.

Game three saw the teams battle early as Sioux Falls Christian opened with an 8-5 advantage. The Chargers rattled off 15 straight points to go ahead 23-5.

The run catapulted Sioux Falls Christian to a 25-8 win and a commanding two-sets-to-none lead.

Lady Elks coach Melissa Erickson said her team couldn't get into an offensive rhythm.

"We just struggled passing the ball tonight," she said. "We just could not get a good pass therefore we couldn't get our offense going."

Elkton-Lake Benton, which saw its 21-match winning streak end, finishes their season with a 28-5 record. Julia Fargen led the Elks with three kills while McKenzie DeRuyter tallied three digs and Shelby Remund seven set assists.

The Chargers also saw Hayley McCarron provide 25 set assists and five service aces while Miranda Velgersdyk had six digs.



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