Prep volleyball roundup: Eagles win tournament in Marshall; Trojans fifth
MARSHALL -- In a two-day tournament at Southwest Minnesota State University, the Windom volleyball team finished with a 5-0 record to finish first at the tournament.
Murray County Central finished second to the Eagles, while Worthington finished fifth, and Westbrook-Walnut Grove finished with a 3-2 record.
"I thought we played really well," Worthington head coach Melissa Schutz said. "We saw some really tough teams over the weekend."
Windom (25-3) defeated W-WG 25-16, 25-16 in the first match before defeating Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 25-7, 25-12 in the second match Friday.
In Saturday's action, Windom defeated Yellow Medicine East 25-13, 22-25, 15-13 before edging New London-Spicer 25-12, 25-15.
In the championship match, the Eagles defeated Murray County Central, 25-18, 25-17.
"It was a five-match tournament and the kids played hard and well," Windom head coach Ron Wendorff said. "We remained focused and we were able to play good, quality teams."
While Windom lost one game all weekend, it was its serving that propelled the Eagles to victory.
In the five matches, Windom had 61 aces, with 18 coming from Megan Ysker (41 kills, 13 solo blocks, 38 set assists), and 16 coming from Courtney Ysker (19 kills, 23 digs).
Morgan Borsgard was 54-for-56 serving with 14 aces, and also had 54 set assists.
Abby Lund had 21 kills, while MaKenzie Lovell added 15. Lisa Johnson had six solo blocks, while Trista Hacker added six solo blocks.
For Worthington (20-3), it was one loss that doomed the Trojans.
After defeating MCC 28-26, 25-18 in their first game, the Trojans downed Canby 25-22, 20-25, 15-10.
However, NL-S proved to be the Achilles heel for Worthington.
NL-S defeated the Trojans 10-25, 25-22, 15-13.
"The New London-Spicer match was very close," Schutz said. "We beat them in the first game, 25-10, but then they ran their offense really well in the second and third games. They got us with a quick offense and we were single blocking them most of the match.
"But the girls did a great job of rebounding from that loss."
The Trojans downed YME 25-19, 25-15 before defeating MACCRAY 25-12, 27-25.
"I think it was good to go to the tournament and see some really good teams to get ready for sections," Schutz said.
Holli Aggen had 45 kills, 35 digs, eight blocks and was 36-for-39 serving with four aces.
Martha Alwal added 28 kills and 17 blocks, while Anneli Dudley had 89 set assists, 28 digs, six blocks and was 43-for-44 serving with three aces.
Anndi Russell had 26 digs and was 42-for-45 serving with five aces.
Tiffany Harberts had 14 kills and six blocks, while Carrie Timmerman had 28 digs. Kristen Dierks had 23 digs and was 61-for-66 serving with 10 aces.
After the loss to Windom, the Chargers (14-13-2) lost to R-T-R 25-23, 25-23. However, that would be the last loss of the tournament for W-WG.
Saturday, the Chargers defeated Central Minnesota Christian (25-20, 25-19) before edging Fulda, (25-20, 25-18). In their final match of the tournament, the Chargers defeated Canby, 25-19, 25-17 to finish first amongst teams who finished third in their pool play.
Audra Schmidt had 22 kills, five blocks and was 31-for-32 serving with four aces.
Frankie Jensen was 21-for-22 serving with four aces, while Taylor Elzenga had 18 kills and 49 digs.
Sara Jarmer had 71 set assists, while Kristie Hoffman (36 digs) and Chanel Madson (35 digs) led W-WG defensively.
Between losses to Worthington and Windom, MCC (19-7) won three consecutive matches.
The Rebels defeated Canby 25-20, 25-17 in their first match after playing the Trojans, and then defeated Lac qui Parle Valley 18-25, 25-16, 15-5 before edging R-T-R 25-22, 25-21.
In Friday's matches Elissa Reinsma was 17-for-19 serving with three aces, while Kate Robinson was 9-for-11 serving, and also had 12 kills and three ace blocks.
Alyssa Schmidt had 38 set assists and 16 digs, while Emily Bose had six ace tips, 13 kills and four ace blocks. Kasey Schreiber was a perfect 9-for-9 serving with seven points and an ace.
In Saturday's three matches, Reinsma was 18-for-19 serving with 27 digs, while Colleen Everson was 19-for-20 serving with 17 digs.
Bose had 19 kills, 10 ace tips and four ace blocks, while Schmidt had 37 set assists and 25 digs.
Robinson added nine kills and 15 digs, while Makenzie Giese (10-for-10 serving, two aces) and Stephanie Ahlschlager (12-for-12 serving, 10 points) were each perfect from the service line.
Windom will travel to Luverne Tuesday, while Worthington heads to Redwood Valley and W-WG takes on Red Rock Central.
MCC will travel to face R-T-R tonight.
Pipestone Area tournament
PIPESTONE -- Megan VanderPoel had 26 kills, and Jeena Lentz had 41 set assists to lead Pipestone Area's volleyball team to a third-place finish at the Pipestone tournament.
The Arrows swept Edgerton (25-23, 25-6) and Lakeview (25-22, 25-21) before falling to Park (25-21, 23-25, 15-17) and getting swept by Southwest Christian.
Rachel Tinklenberg had 20 kills, and Brooke Woelber added 17 kills and went 33-for-40 serving with 10 aces to lead the Arrows (12-14), who will host Tracy-Milroy-Balaton on Tuesday.
VanderPoel added nine solo blocks, and Lentz went 41-for-41 serving with eight aces.
SWC went 4-0 and won the tournament, extending its winning streak to 10 matches.
"This was a good time of the year to have a tournament -- just before the postseason, which is always nice," SWC coach Delaine Vander Woude said. "It was nice to play high-caliber teams to see where we sit."
The Eagles defeated Martin County West in three games to open the tournament before sweeping Redwood Valley, Pipestone Area and Park.
"I'm very happy with the way the girls played," Vander Woude said. "We had good net play and good blocking. They dealt with the pressure really well and played calm."
Macy Butson had 53 set assists, and Alyson Drooger had 17 kills to lead Edgerton to a seventh-place finish.
After losing to PA (25-23, 25-6) and Lakeview (27-26, 25-17), the Flying Dutchmen responded with sweeps over Luverne (28-26, 25-12) and Redwood Valley (25-13, 26-24).
Emily Sluis went 30-for-30 serving with 18 points, and Kelsey Wolthuizen added 13 kills for Edgerton, which will travel to face Round Lake-Brewster in its regular season-finale Tuesday.
Drooger went 24-for-27 serving with 14 points.