Eagles sweep past visiting Huskies
WINDOM -- Sparked by a fine all-around performance from Megan Ysker Thursday night, the Windom Eagles swept the Jackson County Central Huskies in a key Southwest Conference volleyball match, 25-16, 25-17, 25-20.
"This was a solid team effort and a big conference win for us," Windom head coach Ron Wendorff said. "As a coach, I don't have to say a lot to get the kids fired up to play JCC."
Windom (1-1, 9-1) started Game 1 on fire, as a trio of ace serves from Ysker (21-for-21 serving with four aces, 12 set assists and seven kills) sparked the Eagles to a 6-0 lead.
JCC (0-1, 7-1) rallied back to within two (10-8) on the strength of three kills and an ace serve from Megan Bezdicek (nine kills, eight blocks, eight digs, 10-for-11 serving with two aces).
Windom stretched its lead to 16-11 and later took a 21-12 bulge after back-to-back kills from Amy Robinson (four kills) and Malori Paplow (15-for-16 serving with four aces).
Windom closed out the Game 1 victory with the help of a kill from Ysker, a Paplow jump-serve ace, and a cross-court kill by MaKenzie Lovell (six kills, two solo blocks).
Game 2 was tight all the way until the Eagles went on a 6-0 run to take a 2-0 advantage.
Casey Christensen (four kills, three solo blocks) sparked Windom early with a kill and an ace block, while JCC's Sally Clarksean (10 blocks, four kills) had three kills to help keep the Huskies in it at a 13-13 tie.
Christensen had another kill and another ace block to key the Eagles, while kills from Bezdicek and Anna Meneely (12 set assists, eight digs, four kills) helped bring the Huskies to within 19-17.
That's when Windom put the game away, as Paplow had three ace serves to trigger the Eagles' six-point surge. Lovell again ended the game with a kill.
"We wanted to put pressure on them with our serve," Wendorff said. "Everything started with our serving tonight, as we played better defense and were able to set up our offense because of that."
Windom, which only committed five hitting errors in the match, jumped out to an 8-5 lead in Game 3. Robinson had a pair of kills to spark the Eagles in that stretch.
JCC stayed close at 14-11 with the help of a Clarksean kill and an ace block and a kill from Brooke Burmeister (eight blocks, five kills, five digs, 10-for-11 serving with two aces).
Bezdicek then fueled JCC with two kills and an ace block, but Windom still held an 18-17 lead after Christensen keyed the Eagles with a kill and an ace serve.
Ashley Lucht (10 blocks, three kills) had two kills down the stretch for JCC, but Ysker's three kills helped keep the Eagles in the lead and close out the sweep.
"We didn't do a very good job with our serve receiving tonight," JCC head coach Teresa Van Epps said. "We were less 50 percent in that department tonight, so that affected our offensive attack."
Kassi Sether-Hassing had eight set assists and eight digs for JCC, while Halee Elness had 14 digs.
Windom's Allison Nau and Karissa Borsgard had 10 and seven digs, respectively, while Megan Mattson had seven set assists, and Courtney Ysker had three kills.
Both teams play Saturday in Jackson, as the Huskies host a tournament.