Prep volleyball: Remme lifts Luverne, Burmeister leads JCC
ADRIAN — Sophomore middle hitter Hailey Remme had nine kills and two solo blocks to help the Luverne High School volleyball team to a 3-0 victory over host Adrian on Thursday.
The Cardinals won by scores of 25-9, 25-13 and 25-18 to even their fall record at 2-2.
Tayla Peterson had four kills and Alexis Farrell three to help power the LHS offense. Morgan Haugen had 12 digs and Lexi Rust added seven. Ariel DeBeer was 49-for-49 setting for the Cards with 13 assists.
In serving, Peterson was 15-for-17 with four aces. DeBeer was 14-for-15 with three aces and Rust was 10-for-11 with four aces.
For Adrian, Elizabeth Thier had one service ace, six kills and five digs. Madisyn Dingmann added one service ace, one kill, seven digs and 11 set assists. Brooke Echter had four kills and six digs. Libby Ahlers added seven digs.
JCC 3, St. James 0
ST. JAMES — Kaylee Burmeister and the Jackson County Central Huskies rolled past host St. James Area in three sets, though they almost had to play more.
After winning the first two on scores of 25-15 and 25-19, the Huskies fought off a valiant Saints effort in the third set, finally winning 27-25.
Burmeister, a member of the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association All-State Class AA team in 2013, had 16 kills and five digs. Teammates Sydney Eddy and Sydney Nyborg added 10 kills and six kills, respectively.
Kathryn Nasby had 11 digs, Rachel Johnson six digs, Lacey Wacker five digs and Nyborg four digs. Burmeister and Abby Brinkman each contributed a pair of service aces. Johnson was 20-for-20 setting and Wacker was 16-for-18. Abby Benson had four solo blocks for JCC.
SWC 3, Pipestone 1
PIPESTONE — Southwest Minnesota Christian and Pipestone Area played like a pair of teams not wanting to surrender their first loss Tuesday.
After the Arrows took the first set, SWC came back to win three straight and remain undefeated while handing PA its first loss.
The home team took the first set 25-18, but the Eagles picked up steam. They won the next three 25-20, 25-23 and 25-23 for the nonconference win.
“It was a battle,” Pipestone coach Jamie Juhl said. “That’s why I’m not very mad. It was just a battle of wills.”
Sydney Esselink set up 32 assists in the win. Savannah Tinklenburg was knocked down 12 of them to lead the team in kills. Ann Pater slammed nine kills while adding 13 digs and five ace blocks. Alexis Knutson paced the defense with 23 digs while Riley Mohlenkamp went 14-for-14 from the service line.
Taylor Krusselbrink pounded a game-high 17 kills with Kaiya Alderson coming in at 12. They were primarily set up by Morgan Taubert, who finished with 18 set assists. Bianca Claussen had 22 digs.
Windom Area 3, RRC 0
WINDOM — Red Rock Central junior Mikaela Smith reached a milestone Tuesday when she eclipsed the 1,000-career set assists mark as part of a 21-assist night against Windom Area.
That was the only thing the Falcons were able to celebrate, however, as the Eagles handed them their first loss of the season, 25-18, 25-18, 25-23.
Still, Smith’s accomplishment wasn’t lost on RRC head coach Sarah Arfsten.
“She has (had a great career),” Arfsten said. “It’s nice to have a junior do that at the beginning of the season like that.”
The night still belonged to Windom. Porsha Porath led the Eagles at the net with 13 kills and three solo blocks. Morgan Hockel put down six kills and went 15-of-16 serving with Michaela Hacker ending the night at five kills and two solo blocks. Lauren Huset popped up 20 set assists with Hannah Redmond adding nine while Jasmine Carlson had a team-high 10 digs.
Rachel Kedl and Ramsey Piotter both had perfect nights serving and led the Falcons with 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Olivia Bittner had 17 kills and Taylor Price finished with 12.
ORANGE CITY, Iowa — The Sheldon Orabs lost 2-0 to LeMars, beat Sergeant Bluff 2-0 and lost 2-1 to host MOC/Floyd Valley in tournament play Tuesday.
LeMars prevailed on scores of 21-17 and 21-13. Sheldon defeated Sergeant Bluff 21-12 and 21-7. MOC/FV lost the first set to Sheldon 10-21, then rallied 21-18 and 16-14.
Sheldon’s Kati Kneifl had two kills against LeMars along with seven digs. Teammate Sami Kleinwolterink also had seven digs. Against Sergeant Bluff, Kacy Kamphoff led with four kills, and Emily Johnson had nine digs and two service aces. Brittany Pomeranke had two service aces and Kleinwolterink 13 set assists.
In the MOC/FV match, Kneifl had eight kills and seven digs. Johnson had eight digs and Kleinwolterink was credited with 15 set assists.