PREP VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP: Nickel records 1,000th career assist as RRC wins
MOUNTAIN LAKE -- Cierra Nickel surpassed a career milestone Thursday night, as she collected 19 set assists to help guide the Red Rock Central Falcons to a three-game victory over the Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin Wolverines in a Red Rock Conference volleyball match.
Game scores were 25-14, 25-8 and 25-12.
Nickel now has 1,014 career set assists, as the Falcons improved to 4-2 in conference play.
Alyssa Fredrickson (19-for-20 serving with four aces) had nine kills to lead RRC, while Klarissa Larsen (three blocks) had seven kills.
Chloe Arfsten (18-for-18 serving with three aces) had seven digs, while both Brooke Rasmussen and Alison Kircher collected six digs apiece for the Falcons.
Kaitlin Feil charted 10 set assists and five blocks for ML/B-O, while Laura Romsdahl (five kills) and Brianna Welp (five blocks) also contributed.
MCC 3, SWC 1
EDGERTON -- Makenzie Giese had a match-high 10 kills, leading Murray County Central to a key four-game victory against Southwest Christian.
Game scores were 20-25, 25-16, 25-19 and 25-23.
Kristi Bose added eight kills for the Rebels (10-2-3, 6-0), while Abby Van Meveren (seven kills) had five blocks.
Elissa Reinsma led MCC with 19 digs, while Brooklyn Schmitz had 33 set assists.
Macy Halbur led the serving effort with a 26-for-27 night. She scored 20 points and had six aces.
For the Eagles, who drop to 4-2 in the conference, Morgan Spronk had a team-high six kills.
Alexia Pater had nine blocks, while McKenzie De Kam had 17 digs.
Abby De Groot dished out 14 set assists and Michaela Zeinstra had 10 for SWC, which will host Ellsworth on Tuesday.
H-BC 3, Ellsworth 2
ELLSWORTH -- In a five-set battle, Hills-Beaver Creek rallied from a two-set deficit to win the final three, taking a conference victory.
Game scores were 24-26, 24-26, 25-14, 28-26 and 15-5.
Natalie Stueven had a team-best 12 kills for Hills-Beaver Creek, while Jayme Plimpton added nine.
Brooke Tilstra had six kills for the Patriots, who were led by Taylor Vaughn's 20 set assists.
Vaughn was also 22-for-24 serving with four aces.
Santana Wysong was 18-for-26 serving with five aces for H-BC, which will host Adrian on Tuesday.
Abby Drenth and Kadie Werner each had 10 kills to lead Ellsworth (5-6, 3-3).
Bridget Kramer was 17-for-19 serving with one ace and 10 points, while Emily Timmer was 12-for-14 serving with three aces. She also had a team-high 29 digs.
Andrea DeBoer had 25 set assists for the Panthers, who will travel to the Russell-Tyler-Ruthton tournament on Saturday.
Fulda 3, Adrian 1
FULDA -- After a pair of hard-fought losses, the Fulda Raiders got back on the winning track with a 25-19, 25-23, 14-25, 27-25 conference victory against Adrian.
Courtney Hulstein had 16 set assists, 26 digs and was 15-for-17 serving with 10 points and seven aces to lead the Raiders (3-5, 3-3).
Brittney Hulstein had 16 kills, three ace blocks and was 14-for-15 serving with two aces and seven points.
Kassie Wilkening had eight kills, while Brittney Hermeling was 13-for-14 serving with three aces and eight points.
Jessica Hermeling was 12-for-14 serving with three aces and eight points to go along with 21 digs for the Raiders, who will host Murray County Central on Tuesday.
Sydne Springman led Adrian (3-9, 1-5) with 16 kills, three ace blocks and scored 14 points with four aces at the service line.
Rachel Kontz scored 12 points from the service line, while Nichole Loosbrock led the Dragons with 15 set assists.
Karli Meyer had 18 digs, while Taylor Voss added 15 digs for Adrian, which will travel to Jackson County Central on Monday.
W-WG 3, Edgerton 0
WESTBROOK -- After winning Game 1 by just two points, the Westbrook-Walnut Grove Chargers posted a commanding victory in Game 2 and went on to complete a sweep of the Edgerton Flying Dutchmen in a Red Rock Conference volleyball match Thursday night.
Game scores were 25-23, 25-6 and 25-19.
Anne Woelber, who was 14-for-16 serving with six aces, collected 20 set assists for the Chargers. Abby Hoffman, who was 10-for-11 serving with four aces, came up with seven digs.
Chanel Madson (nine digs, five kills), Taylor Elzenga (nine kills), Molly Jarmer (eight digs) and Maddie Frank (two blocks) also topped W-WG's stat sheets.
Kayla VanGrootheest led Edgerton with seven service points and five digs, while Jessica Menning passed out seven set assists. Racheal Steffl (five kills, three ace blocks) and Lindsey Drooger (two kills, ace block) were among the other leaders for the Flying Dutchmen.
W-WG (13-4, 5-1) visits Southwest Star Concept Tuesday, while Edgerton (1-11-1, 1-5) plays in the Russell-Tyler-Ruthton tournament Saturday.
Minneota 3, Windom 1
MINNEOTA -- In a rematch of last year's Section 3A championship, the Minneota Vikings defeated the Windom Eagles in a non-conference showdown.
Game scores were 25-27, 25-20, 25-20 and 25-20.
Courtney Ysker led Windom with 23 kills, eight digs and three ace serves (14-for-15). Abby Hayenga had 18 set assists and five kills.
Sarah Lamaack (12-for-14 serving, four aces) and Amber Sebring (eight digs) topped the stat sheets, as well.
Marshall 3, PA 0
PIPESTONE -- Morgan McKittrick charted 13 digs and nine kills to spark the Marshall Tigers past the Pipestone Area Arrows in a Southwest Conference volleyball match Thursday night, winning by game scores of 25-8, 25-9 and 25-15.
Kenzie Beekman (15 kills), Sydney Griffin (11 set assists), Jessica Baker (16 set assists, five kills) and Alyssa Netzke (11 digs) were among the other statistical leaders for the Tigers (10-8, 2-2).
Emily Darveaux and Bree Woelber each cracked six kills to lead the Arrows. Kelly Nettik dished out 10 set assists, while Cassie Evans was 6-for-6 serving with an ace.
Amanda Haupert and Mikayla Enger came up with 17 and 10 digs, respectively, for PA (5-11, 0-3). The Arrows host Southwest Star Concept on Monday.
RV 3, Luverne 0
REDWOOD FALLS -- Katlyn Sawtelle did a little bit of everything for Luverne, but it was the Redwood Valley Cardinals who came away with a 25-14, 29-27, 25-12 in a Southwest Conference victory.
Sawtelle had 14 kills, nine digs, two solo blocks, four block assists and was 9-for-10 serving with two aces to lead Luverne (5-9-2, 1-3).
Chelsea Curtis was a perfect 18-for-18 serving with three aces to go with 11 digs and a 12-for-13 serve-receive night.
Nicole Johnson had eight digs, while Cheyenne Hemme added a team-best 10 set assists.
Amanda Oeltjenbruns had two solo and three block assists for Luverne, which travels to West Central, S.D. on Tuesday.
T-M-B 3, RCW 0
TRACY -- Ashley Daniels posted eight kills to help Tracy-Milroy-Balaton top Renville County West by game scores of 25-21, 25-11 and 25-16.
Daniels also had 15 digs, while Kelli Soupir had 13 digs and was 12-for-12 serving. Tiffani Karbo had 21 set assists for T-M-B (9-9, 5-2).
H-LP 3, Ventura 1; HL-P 3, A-R 0
ARMSTRONG, Iowa -- Playing in a Corn Belt Conference triangular, the Harris-Lake Park Wolves improved to 19-7 for the season and became 7-1 in the league with a pair of victories.
After dropping the opener to Ventura, H-LP came back to win the next three sets.
Game scores were 20-25, 25-8, 25-23 and 25-22.
The Wolves then swept Armstrong-Ringstead in impressive fashion, winning on game scores of 25-5, 25-11 and 25-11.
For the two matches combined, the Wolves were led by the all-around play of Lydia Brandt, who put down 17 kills, while also coming up with 25 set assists and 11 digs.
H-LP setter Macy Gunderson matched Brandt's assist total with 25 and 6-1 freshman hitter Noreen Morrow hammered 15 kills.
Junior middle hitter Leah Duitsman enjoyed a fine all-around match, going 38-of-39 from the serving line -- including six aces -- while also coming up with four ace blocks and 14 digs.
Senior libero Samantha Bruggeman contributed 41 digs and was a perfect 29-of-29 serving with four aces for the Wolves, who host Corwith-Wesley-Luverne in their final home match of the season Thursday.