Shane Merrill | Sports
The Parker volleyball club has been a longtime competitor in the annual Cavalier Clash in Tyndall, winning the tournament several times in the past 15 years. Parker cruised their pool once again in 2021, and won an exciting semi-final match 2-1 against volleyball power EPJ, advancing to the championship where they faced Platte-Geddes losing 2-0 for an exciting runner-up finish.
Parker vs. Bon homme-Pool Play
In their first pool play game the Parker Pheasants faced off against host BonHomme. Both teams were sluggish early, but in the end Parker came away with a 2-0 win 25-18 and 25-21. Leading Parker was Brooke Berens with eight kills while Halle Berens had five. Josie Leberman led the defense with six digs while Lexi Even dished out 23 assists and Terryn Fuller 16.
Parker vs. Gregory-Pool Play
Fresh off an opening win the Pheasants faced off against Gregory, who had just one loss entering the match. Parker put together one of their better matches of the season to dispatch the Gorillas, winning 25-17 and 25-18. Katie Bialas led the offense with seven kills while Brooke Berens had five. Desiree Pierce posted nine digs while Lexi Even had eight digs and 10 assists.
Parker vs. Centerville-Pool Play
In their final match of pool play Parker faced off against neighboring Centerville. The Pheasants took the win with relative ease, winning with scores of 25-14 and 25-14. Halley Berens had six kills while Brooke Berens had five. Four plays had five digs each, Even, Leberman, Pierce and Brooke Berens. Even also had 12 assists. The win moved Parker to 3-0 on the day setting them up with Elk-Point Jefferson in the semifinals.
Parker vs. EPJ-Semi Finals
In arguably their best match of the season thus far, the Parker volleyball squad faced off against longtime volleyball power Elk Point-Jefferson in the semi finals. It was an excellent match, with Parker edging the Huskies in three 24-26, 25-23 and 25-20. After falling behind early in the first, the Pheasants recovered but were unable to snag the win with EPJ taking a 26-24 decision. Parker responded, needing to win the second, and a back and forth match led to Parker winning 25-23. Parker was in control in the final set, although it was still close, winning 25-20 to advance to the championship. Brooke Berens posted 17 kills in the three set match, while Katie Bialas and Halle Berens had nine. Brooke Berens also had 22 digs while Leberman had 15 and Pierce 13. Even and Fuller also combined at setter, posting 19 and 15 assists respectively.
Parker vs. Platte-Geddes-Championship
Advancing to the Championship for the second straight year, Parker faced a new foe in Platte-Geddes. The Black Panthers had just one loss on the year, and had just beaten Northwestern in the semifinals. Parker put up a valiant fight but in the end the Black Panthers were too much, winning 25-18 and 25-19.
Kills were hard to come by, against the tough Platte-Geddes defense. Brooke Berens had four kills as did Halle Berens. Anna Reifenberger led the defense in blocks with four while Bialas had three. Desiree Pierce also had 13 digs.
“I was very happy with the way we played this weekend at the Clash,” said coach Carly Ball.
The day improved the Parker record to 9-5 on the season, with several conference matches approaching.