Shane Merrill | Writer
Fresh off a big win over conference rival Baltic, the Parker volleyball team was back in action last Saturday for another weekend tournament. The Pheasants were seeded in the ‘A’ pool with some of the areas most elite teams.
First up for Parker was a match against a very stout Central Lyon team of Rock Rapids, Iowa. The Pheasants could do little to match the firepower of the Lions falling 2-0. Ryleigh Andersen led the offense with two kills while Breana Jensen had eight digs.
In the second match the Pheasants faced off against class ‘B’ power Warner, hometown of the new Parker head coach Carly Rozell. Parker rebounded with an impressive 2-0 win, taking set one 25-13 and set two 25-21. Leading Parker was Sydney Berens with six kills while Jensen had 12 digs.
The Pheasants were then set for a rematch with longtime conference foe Chester in the first round of championship play, but just as they had the previous week the Flyers bested the Pheasants in a close 2-1 match.
Parker was able to hold a slim lead through much of the first game and close the set at the end 25-23 to take a 1-0 lead. It was all Flyers from there as Chester cruised in the second 25-14 and the third 25-18. Brooke Berens led the Parker attack with six kills while Shelby Lang and Sydney Berens each posted four. Jensen once again led the defense with a whopping 26 digs while Cierra Mohr had 11.
The final match of the day saw the Pheasants playing a ‘AA’ opponent in Mitchell. The Kernels had a strong volleyball tradition, but that didn’t stop the much smaller Parker from blowing past the competition 25-19 and 25-23.
Leading Parker in the final match of the day was Sydney Berens with nine kills while Brooke Berens had seven. Brianna Berens also had three aces while Jensen posted 17 digs along with Cierra Mohr posting 10.
Next up the Pheasants, now 14-6, faced off against Viborg-Hurley and Garretson.