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Eagles avoid Arrows, win 3-2

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WINDOM -- After the Pipestone Area Arrows rallied from a two-game deficit to force a Game 5 Thursday night, the Windom Eagles used an seven-point service run from Allison Nau in the decisive contest to capture a crucial Southwest Conference volleyball victory, 25-21, 25-18, 24-26, 17-25, 15-7.

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Windom's victory means three teams each now have one league loss, as Marshall and PA are both 4-1 in the conference, and the Eagles are a half-game back at 3-1.

With the match tied at 2-2, Windom broke open a 12-2 bulge in Game 5 behind Nau's service run, which included three aces and kills from Megan Ysker, Malori Paplow, Casey Christensen and Amy Robinson.

PA fought back with four straight points to cut the lead to 12-6, but a kill from Paplow helped propel the Eagles to the deciding eight-point victory.

"This was really a match of momentum," Windom head coach Ron Wendorff said. "We came out focused and ready to play to begin the match, and after getting flustered a little bit in Games 3 and 4, we finished strong to defeat a phenomenal team."

Windom (18-1) turned a 3-1 deficit into an 11-6 lead in Game 1, as Paplow (13 kills) had a kill and an ace block to spark the Eagles' 10-3 surge.

PA came back with a 7-2 run, capped by an ace serve from Meghan Visker (21-for-22 with four aces, 18 set assists) to tie the game at 13-apiece.

Later, with the game tied at 18, Paplow scored two straight points with a kill and a jumping ace serve to help the Eagles close out the victory for a 1-0 match lead.

The Arrows again led early in Game 2 at 4-1, but Christensen (eight kills, seven blocks) had an ace block to help Windom tie it at 4-all.

Windom later busted up a 12-12 tie by putting together a 10-1 burst, which included an ace serve from Ysker (32 set assists) and two aces from Nau (10 digs), to build a 22-13 lead on its way to going up 2-0 in the match.

The Eagles appeared to be on their to completing the sweep in Game 3, as Amy Robinson (10 kills, five blocks) had two kills, and MaKenzie Lovell (eight kills, two solo blocks) had two kills and an ace serve to help engineer a 15-10 Windom lead.

Chelsey Evans (14 digs) then came up with an ace block for the Arrows, who chipped into the lead and eventually grabbed a 19-18 edge.

Windom later led 23-22, but PA's Faith Tinklenberg (12 kills) nailed down a pair of kills, and Nicole Buysse (14 digs, 12 kills) sealed the 26-24 victory with a kill to keep the Arrows alive.

PA (11-5-1) dominated Game 4, as Visker served for two aces, and Megan VanderPoel and Tinklenberg each had two kills to spark the Arrows to a 19-11 lead on their way to an eight-point victory, forcing the deciding fifth game.

"I'm proud of the way we came back after falling behind," PA head coach Todd Texley said. "Our serve receive and passing kind of broke down, and Windom really got the momentum back in a hurry in Game 5."

Karissa Borsgard had 11 digs for Windom, which hosts St. James Monday.

Brooke Henderson was 14-for-14 serving for the Arrows, who travel to Minneota Monday.

Windom later busted up a 12-12 tie by putting together a 10-1 burst, which included an ace serve from Ysker (32 set assists) and two aces from Nau (10 digs), to build a 22-13 lead on its way to going up 2-0 in the match.

The Eagles appeared to be on their way to completing the sweep in Game 3, as Amy Robinson (10 kills, five blocks) had two kills, and MaKenzie Lovell (eight kills, two solo blocks) had two kills and an ace serve to help engineer a 15-10 Windom lead.

Chelsey Evans (14 digs) then came up with an ace block for the Arrows, who chipped into the lead and eventually grabbed a 19-18 edge.

Windom later led 23-22, but PA's Faith Tinklenberg (12 kills) nailed down a pair of kills, and Nicole Buysse (14 digs, 12 kills) sealed the 26-24 victory with a kill to keep the Arrows alive.

PA (11-5-1) dominated Game 4, as Visker served for two aces, and Megan VanderPoel and Tinklenberg each had two kills to spark the Arrows to a 19-11 lead on their way to an eight-point victory, forcing the deciding fifth game.

"I'm proud of the way we came back after falling behind," PA head coach Todd Texley said. "Our serve receive and passing kind of broke down, and Windom really got the momentum back in a hurry in Game 5."

Karissa Borsgard had 11 digs for Windom, which hosts St. James Monday.

Brooke Henderson was 14-for-14 serving for the Arrows, who travel to Minneota Monday.

Other Southwest Conference scores

WABASSO -- Getting key contributions from several players, the Worthington Trojans completed a three-game sweep of the Wabasso Rabbits in a non-conference volleyball match on the road.

Game scores were 25-18, 25-22, 25-20.

"It was a good all-around match for us," Trojan head coach Jen Clark said. "We had lots of bright spots."

Holli Aggen put down a team-leading 10 kills for the Trojans, while both Alyssa Smith and Lizzy Wetering smacked seven.

Rachel Pavelko paced the defense with 12 digs, while Ally Rotert (three) and Martha Alwal (two) combined for five ace blocks.

Anneli Dudley put up 16 set assists for WHS and Aggen had eight.

At the serving line, Kristen Dierks was a perfect 15-of-15 with eight points, including an ace. Carrie Timmerman was 9-of-9, serving a pair of aces among her seven points.

Worthington competes in a tournament in St. James Saturday and will host Edgerton Monday in "Meet the Trojans" night.

Marshall 3, Luverne 0

MARSHALL -- The host Tigers improved to 3-1 in the Southwest Conference with a sweep of Luverne (0-4, 4-14). Game scores were 25-15, 25-10, 25-16.

Sundra Xaphakdy was a perfect 14-of-14 at the serving line for the Cardinals and delivered four ace serves. She also had five set assists and a solo block in the match.

Erika Rust had three spike kills and and a solo block for Luverne, while Kat Dahl had a pair of defensive digs.

Luverne hosts SSC Monday.

JCC 3, Redwood Valley 1

JACKSON -- The Huskies improved to 2-2 in the Southwest Conference with a 25-21, 25-15, 25-27, 25-12 victory over the Cardinals (1-3).

Anna Meneely led the way for the Huskies, dishing out 57 set assists, while posting eight kills and seven digs. Brooke Burmeister topped the kills chart with 16, followed by Megan Bezdicek with 13 kills and nine solo blocks.

Halee Elness was 15-of-17 serving, while Briel Hendrickson was a perfect 10-of-10 at the service line.

The Huskies visit Martin County West on Monday.

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