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Pipestone Area scores road sweep of Worthington

WORTHINGTON -- Jumping out to big leads in Games 1 and 2 Thursday night, the Pipestone Area Arrows swept the Worthington Trojans, 25-13, 25-14, 25-20, in Southwest Conference volleyball action.

"Our blocking was a key tonight," PA head coach Todd Texley said following the match. "We also played much better defensively than we have in some of our previous matches."

Sparked by a pair of kills from sophomore Megan VanderPoel -- who had six kills in her first varsity start -- the Arrows scored the first five points of Game 1.

Worthington (0-4, 3-11) later received a kill from Ally Rotert and an ace block from Alyssa Smith, but PA's Beth Tinklenberg crushed two kills to help extend the Arrows' lead to 17-7.

A pair of ace serves from Ashley Weatherly -- who served for five aces on a 16-for-16 effort and also passed out 23 set assists -- keyed a 6-2 PA surge, putting the Arrows up 23-9.

Ashley Aggen (five digs, three kills, 10-for-11 serving, five points) then put down a kill before serving for three points, but a Chelsey Evans ace block, and a Steph Kocourek kill sealed the 25-13 victory for PA (3-2, 12-6).

Spearheaded by two ace blocks and a kill from Evans, the Arrows again built a comfortable lead (12-4) to begin Game 2.

Nicole Buysse (team-high nine kills) later slammed a kill and served for a pair of aces to fuel an 8-2 burst by the Arrows, giving them a 20-6 bulge.

Worthington responded with a pair of points on dump shots from Holli Aggen, two ace serves from Lisa Viessman (nine set assists), and a kill from Ashley Aggen to climb to within nine (22-13), but a thumping kill from Buysse assisted the Arrows in closing out the 25-14 victory.

"We fell behind by too much in those first two games," Worthington head coach Jen Clark said. "We bounced back by playing really strong in Game 3, as our communication and passing were much better, and we were able to run a smoother offensive attack."

The teams played point-for-point to begin Game 3, as Ashley Aggen's ace serve and kill, and Holli Aggen's kill kept the Trojans close at 10-all. However, the Arrows broke the game open by scoring 10 of the next 13 points, and earning a 20-13 advantage.

Buysse had two kills in the run, while Evans and Tinklenberg each had one kill, and Weatherly served an ace to ignite the Arrows.

Worthington fought back, though, as Holli Aggen (seven kills, five set assists) slammed two kills, and Viessman was sharp from behind the service line (19-for-19, 13 points for the match) to bring the Trojans to within two (22-20).

However, Buysse and Evans put the clamp down by slugging back-to-back kills, as the Arrows won 25-20 and earned the sweep.

Alex Wetering had 10 digs and three kills, and Amelia Berger had seven digs for the Trojans, who play at a tournament in St. James Saturday.

PA hosts T-M-B Monday.