Aggen leads Trojans past Falcons in four
WORTHINGTON -- Every time the Worthington volleyball team needed a big point Tuesday against Red Rock Central, it looked to Holli Aggen.
Aggen had the game-winning point in the first and second games and had two aces at a crucial time in the fourth game to lead the Trojans to a 3-1 victory over the Falcons.
"I did okay, I think we all hit pretty hard," Aggen said. "I think we could have pulled away harder, if we would have talked and picked ourselves up. We started off slow most of the games, but we did alright."
Aggen ended with a match-high 17 kills, 14 set assists and five aces.
"We do count on her a lot," Worthington head coach Jen Clark said. "Those aces that she had, that's huge for us. You saw the fire it lit. You get those two aces, and it gives you that extra boost to finish it. It gives us a boost of confidence when we have somebody that we can really count on."
The Trojans (4-1) won the first two games, 25-23, 25-23. The Falcons (5-5) won the third game, 25-20, before Worthington closed the match with a 25-18 victory in game four.
"We were a little rocky tonight," Clark said. "We couldn't get a pass hardly, and once that came for us, we were able to run a quick offense and get some hits without blockers."
In the fourth game, Worthington held a 14-13 lead. The Trojans scored four consecutive points, capped by one of Anneli Dudley's five kills on the night.
Trailing by five, the Falcons called a timeout, hoping to recover.
Out of the timeout, Aggen scored two consecutive aces on jump serves, giving the Trojans a seven-point lead.
"They've been telling me to do my jump serve, and I just haven't really felt comfortable, so I'm glad the first two fell," Aggen said. "The last one obviously didn't, but that's okay."
Worthington maintained the lead for the 25-18 victory.
"When it comes to push and shove, they are going to get the job done," Clark said. "In these close matches like this, we're not really playing at our highest level, but we're doing some good things."
In the first game, RRC jumped out to an 11-5 lead, only to watch the Trojans slowly climb back into the game. With the score tied at 19, Alyssa Smith delivered one of her five kills to give the Trojans a lead they would never relinquish.
Aggen's kill ended a late rally by the Falcons and gave Worthington a 25-23 victory.
"They aren't letting up, but yet they have to see the holes to make sure that we get those points at the end of the game," Red Rock Central head coach Mary Shaner said.
After scoring the first point in the second game, the Falcons trailed the entire game. Alyssa Schmidt had two of her eight kills late in the game to try to bring RRC back. But the rally fell just short as Aggen once again put the final touches on a 25-23 victory.
With the score tied at 10 in the third game, RRC's Abby Halter had two of her 15 kills to give the Falcons an 11-10 lead.
"Halter had 15 kills; that's a good night for her," Shaner said. "She went up strong tonight."
Kelly Shaner's ace midway through the game gave the Falcons the lead en route to the 25-20 victory.
"The serves worked for us tonight, we tried to frustrate them on the serving," coach Shaner said. "We did get some aces off of it, so that was a good thing."
Shaner ended with four aces, while Krystle Sell had five aces, and Halter added two.
"Our serve receive, a couple of times, really hurt us," Clark said. "They had runs of three, four and five. That just can't happen if you want to be competitive and take charge of the game."
Mara Dixon added six kills for the Trojans, while Lizzy Wetering had nine kills and three blocks.
Freshman Alyssa Fredrickson added five kills for RRC.
The Falcons will face ML/B-O Thursday.
Worthington will return to conference action on Thursday when Marshall (6-1) comes to town.
"We have to come back harder against Marshall on Thursday," Aggen said. They aren't going to let us just win."
Clark said her team is ready for the tough conference competition.
"Marshall's tough, they're a good team," Clark said. "We know that if we want to be competitive with them, we have to step it up. I am confident that they'll come and be ready to play. We'll just take it as it comes. They are excited about it and are anticipating that competition."
RL-B 3, H-BC 1
HILLS -- The Round Lake-Brewster Raiders improved to 1-0 in the Red Rock Conference and 2-3 overall with a, 25-21, 25-17, 17-25, 25-15 victory over the Hills-Beaver Creek Patriots Tuesday evening.
Elly Schmitz led the Raiders with 15 kills followed by Chelsea Meyer with eight kills.
Krystle Doeden was 13-of-14 serving and had six digs on the night, while Kasey McNab served as playmaker -- dishing out 19 set assists.
Leah Riley posted a team-high seven digs, while Sarah Schmitz was 12-of-13 from the service line with four aces. Amy Nickel was 12-of-15 from the service line.
Kelsey McGuire led the the Patriots with 10 kills, followed by Leah Hup and Brittany Helgeson with eight kills apiece.
McGuire also posted nine digs, while Helgeson finished with eight. Jayme Plimpton led the Patriots' attack with 18 set assists and served 11-of-11 with two aces. Brooke Tilstra was 9-of-11 serving with four aces, while Hup had four blocks.
RL-B hosts SWC Thursday, while H-BC visits Adrian.
JCC 3, SSC 0
JACKSON -- Anna Meneely dished out 23 set assists to lead the Huskies (3-0) past the Quasars (1-5) in three games, 25-23, 25-13, 25-22, Tuesday evening.
Meneely also served two aces on an 11-of-12 night behind the service line, added 10 digs and posted four kills.
Megan Bezdicek led the Huskies with 14 kills followed by Brooke Burmeister with nine. Burmeister had a team-high 22 digs on the night, while Bezdicek and Kassi Hassing (11 set assists) followed with 13 and 10, respectively.
Maddie Collin led the quasars in kills with eight, followed by Erika Post and Michelle Olsem with five apiece.
Post and Sydney Place shared for team-high honors in digs with 10 apiece, while Luana Henkels dished out 15 set assists.
The Huskies host a tournament Saturday, while the Quasars host Ellsworth on Thursday.