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PREP VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP: Worthington earns 3-1 win against Fairmont

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PREP VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP: Worthington earns 3-1 win against Fairmont
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FAIRMONT -- The Worthington volleyball team got out to a quick start early in Tuesday night's match against Fairmont.

But the Cardinals rebounded to win Game 1.

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It would be their only win of the night.

The Trojans won the final three games to win an important match, 19-25, 25-17, 25-12, 25-22.

"In the first game, we got out to a quick start. We had a few unforced errors on our side and they came back," MW head coach Melissa Schutz said. "The girls really got focused back in and decided to stay aggressive and play more solid defense. It worked out."

Two nights after a loss to Windom, the Trojans were able to recover for an important victory.

"It's a big win because they are in our section," Schutz said. "We have seedings coming up, so it could determine a home game or an away game, so it was a pretty important game."

Kristen Andersen led WHS (17-10-1) with 16 kills. She was also 19-for-20 serving with three aces.

Tara Svalland had 10 kills and six blocks, while Morgan Johnson added nine kills and six blocks for a balanced Trojan attack.

"The girls did a good job of working together and playing as a team," Schutz said.

Taylor Heidebrink charted 29 set assists, while Mackenzie Gerber added five blocks.

Megan Juber led WHS with nine digs, while Anna Koepsell, who was also 13-for-13 serving, added eight.

Mandi Vote was 16-for-18 serving with three aces to go with seven digs.

The Trojans will travel to Canby, which is ranked No. 3 in Class A, on Tuesday.

W-WG 3, Ellsworth 0

ELLSWORTH -- Dayna Comnick had a big game at the net with 11 kills and also at the service line with five aces on 18-for-19 serving to help lead Westbrook-Walnut Grove to victory against Ellsworth.

Game scores were 25-16, 25-21 and 25-15.

Hailey Osland (11-for-11 serving, two aces, six kills, 11 digs, one and a half ace blocks) and Paige Erickson (12-for-12 serving, 10 kills, 12 digs, one ace block) were both perfect at the service line for the Chargers. Abby Herding had a team-high 16 set assists and Anne Woelber added nine set assists.

Abby Drenth led Ellsworth with eight kills and 14 digs. She was also 10-for-11 serving with four points.

Emily Timmer added four kills and a block. She was also 10-for-10 serving with two aces and two points.

Bridget Kramer led EHS with 11 set assists.

The Panthers (10-14, 3-7) will host Fulda on Monday. W-WG (17-9, 8-2) will play at Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin on Monday.

RRC 3, H-BC 0

HILLS -- Red Rock Central received strong serving performances from both Brooke Rasmussen and Klarissa Larsen in a 25-21, 25-10, 25-15 victory against Hills-Beaver Creek in Thursday night's volleyball match.

Rasmussen (eight digs) was 19-for-19 serving with five aces and Larsen (team-high 12 kills, two block assists) was 16-for-16 serving with an ace.

Chloe Arfsten had 10 kills for the Falcons, Katie Larsen had eight kills and 11 digs, Alison Kircher had 36 set assists and two block assists and Kendra Hagert also contributed two block assists.

The Patriots were led in hitting by Meghan Leuthold with eight kills. Katlyn Sandbulte was 11-for-11 serving with five aces and also had four kills, Paige Leuthold was 7-for-7 serving with 11 set assists and Natalie Leuthold was also a perfect 7-for-7 serving.

H-BC (4-14, 2-8) will host Southwest Star Concept on Monday and RRC (16-7, 8-2) will play at Southwest Christian on Monday in a match that will decide the Red Rock Conference title.

SWC 3, Fulda 1

EDGERTON -- Amber Pater had identical totals of 19 kills and 19 digs to help lead Southwest Christian to a 25-17, 25-23, 17-25, 25-17 victory against Fulda in Thursday night's volleyball match.

Michaela Zeinstra led the Eagles from the service line by going 23-for-23 with three aces. She also had 10 set assists.

Hanna Bosma notched 12 kills and four blocks for SWC, Hannah Van Dyke had a team-high 28 digs and Emaleigh Vreeman contributed 17 set assists.

Courtney Hulstein paced the Raiders with a 19-for-21 serving performance with two aces and had 29 set assists. Rachel Cheadle had 14 kills and six blocks and Sarah Strenge added a team-high 19 digs.

Fulda (5-5 conference record) will play at Ellsworth on Monday and the Eagles (9-1 conference) will attempt to seal the Red Rock Conference title with Red Rock Central coming to town on Monday.

ML/B-O 3, RL-B 1

MOUNTAIN LAKE -- Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin received four service aces apiece from Laura Romsdahl and Rachel Dukes in a 15-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-9 victory against Round Lake-Brewster.

Romsdahl had 17 kills and was 14-for-15 serving and Dukes was 20-for-21 serving and had a team-high 27 set assists.

The Wolverines received 10 kills from Janessa Peters and 15 digs from Lounee Soutthivong.

Sonja Peters had team highs in service aces (three in a 12-for-14 serving performance) and digs (13) for the Raiders. Kailey Wendland had 12 kills, two blocks and 12 digs, Sarah Baumgard had six kills and two blocks and Zoe Baerenwald put up 17 set assists.

RL-B (4-19) will play at Murray County Central on Monday and ML/B-O (10-13) will host Westbrook-Walnut Grove on Monday.

SSC 3, Edgerton 0

EDGERTON -- Jordin Elness had a whopping eight aces in an error-free serving performance to help Southwest Star Concept overcome Edgerton by game score of 25-12, 25-16 and 25-22.

Elness was 21-for-21 serving for 12 points. Maddie Rasche (21-for-21 serving for 16 points) and Courtney Place (17-for-17 serving for 11 points, 10 digs, seven kills, five solo blocks) also didn't have any service errors for the Quasars.

Mandy Henkels had 11 set assists for SSC, Alyssa Hendrickson contributed seven kills and Autumn Hinkeldey notched three solo blocks.

Brittani Roskamp led the Flying Dutchmen with 11 service points. Jessica Menning had 13 set assists and five solo blocks, Lindsey Drooger had seven kills, Lindsey VanDyke pounded five kills and Darian Weatherly contributed a team-high nine digs.

Edgerton (9-16, 3-7) will host Adrian on Monday and the Quasars (17-10, 8-2) will play at Hills-Beaver Creek on Monday.

JCC 3, PA 0

PIPESTONE -- Whitney Burmeister had a fine all-around performance to help lead Jackson County Central to a 25-15, 25-9, 25-22 victory against Pipestone Area.

Burmeister was 13-for-13 serving with three aces and also had 11 kills and 14 digs.

Sydnee Donnelli was 6-for-6 serving and also had six digs for the Huskies, Michelle Van Epps had 22 set assists, Lexi Schneekloth contributed eight set assists, Lydia Brandt had nine kills and Jasmine Erickson notched five blocks.

Maggie Perkins led the Arrows' attack by going 12-for-12 from the service line and putting up a team-high 12 set assists. Taylor Kruisselbrink led the team with seven kills, Tia Muller had four kills, Amanda Haupert recorded 19 digs and Kayla Stout had four blocks.

PA (5-17) will play at Windom on Tuesday and JCC (22-3) will host Redwood Valley on Tuesday.

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