Prep volleyball: SWU is solid; H-BC wins thriller
JEFFERS — Southwestern United kept its Red Rock Conference record unblemished with a 3-1 volleyball triumph over Red Rock Central Tuesday. Game scores were 25-13, 22-25, 25-14 and 25-19.
Courtney Place had 24 kills to lead the Wildcats’ effort. Kailey Wendland had 11 kills and Andrea Hinkeldey had eight. Hailey Schumacher had 39 set assists.
Hinkelday and Wendland also had 12 digs apiece, and Autumn Hinkeldey contributed 10 more. Place was 22-for-22 serving with five aces and Autumn Hinkeldey was 15-for-16 with two aces.
Rachel Mathias chipped in with five blocks.
For RRC, Cassandra Erickson was 15-for-15 serving with two aces and teammate Mikaela Smith made good on all 15 of her serves with an ace. Erickson had 10 kills and Olivia Bittner had eight.
Smith was credited with 24 set assists and Brooke Rasmussen had 12 digs. Rachel Ketl had five block assists and Erickson had two solo blocks and three assists.
RRC is 9-8 overall and 5-3 in the conference.
H-BC 3, Edgerton 1
HILLS — In an exciting, tight match, Hills-Beaver Creek edged Edgerton in four sets. In the final extended set, the Patriots emerged a 29-27 winner.
The fourth game was back-and-forth throughout, and close. Edgerton had a slight edge with a 23-21 lead before H-BC battled back to win.
For the combatants to get to that point, Edgerton won the first game 25-20 but H-BC took the next two, 25-17 and 25-18.
Jessica Sandbulte was 14-for-15 serving for the Patriots and teammate Kayla Thone was 14-for-15. Hattie Van Wyhe was 12-for-12. Sandbulte had 14 digs and Van Wyhe had eight kills.
Madison Fick had nine kills and Kelli Esselink seven. Fick and Esselink also had five blocks apiece and Megan Westrum had 20 set assists.
Tanner Gunnink had 14 kills and three blocks for Edgerton while Mia Wassink had nine kills and three blocks. Karlie Brockberg was credited with five blocks and Jordyn Smit had 24 set assists.
Smit also was 18-for-18 at the service line for three aces.
Hills-Beaaver Creek is now 5-9 on the season.
SWC 3, MLA 0
EDGERTON — Ann Pater was 15-for-15 serving with three aces as her Southwest Christian team defeated Mountain Lake Area 25-14, 25-19 and 25-15.
Pater, a sophomore middle hitter, also had eight kills and 16 digs. Teammate Kassydi Vreeman added 18 digs and two ace serves while Sydney Esselink had 31 set assists. Tianna Top had eight kills and four ace blocks for the winning team.
For Mountain Lake Area, Rachel Dukes contributed 10 digs and 10 set assists, and she also was 17-for-18 serving with four aces. Maggie Wahdan had six kills.
MLA fell to 3-5 in Red Rock Conference play with the loss.
Sheldon 3, Central Lyon 0
ROCK RAPIDS —Sheldon swept Central Lyon on the road Tuesday evening in Siouxland Conference volleyball action.
The Orabs, ranked No. 3 in Class 3A, won their sets 25-13, 25-14, and 25-22 to improve to 23-3 on the year.
Sheldon had a dozen kills in each of the first two frames and finished it off with 15 kills in the third set with a sum of eight errors on the night.
Sheldon gets set to host Boyden-Hull on Thursday night. Next Tuesday, they will go to Sibley-Ocheyedan.
W-WG 3, Ellsworth 0
WESTBROOK —Westbrook-Walnut Grove took care of Ellsworth in straight sets Tuesday night in Westbrook.
The Chargers’ set scores went 25-16, 25-14, and 25-21 for the night, as they improve to 12-7 on the season and Ellsworth suffers its setback and drops to 5-6.
W-WG found its offensive spark from senior Dayna Comnick, who chipped in 19 kills to the team’s effort. She is 18 kills away from 1,000 for her career with the Chargers. The team had five kills apiece from junior Kaylee Mischke and senior Jordaan Joel. From the service line, W-WG had two aces on a 12-for-14 night from Madison Takle. Abby Herding and Elizabeth Woelber each finished with an ace. Herding led the team with 31 assists.
Comnick collected 16 digs for the night for W-WG and Woelber gathered 15 to her credit.
Ellsworth had five kills, three blocks, and three digs coming from senior Hannah Mulder, while senior Alexa Huisman put down a team-best four kills in the match. Ellsworth setter Heidi Nolte led the Panthers with six assists and junior Danielle DeBeer had five.
“We were able to pull it off,” W-WG coach Cathy Baumann said. “They were scrappy, but we had some good moments and some good plays. We were glad to be able to get it done in three.”
MCC 3, Adrian 0
SLAYTON —Murray County Central took Adrian in straight sets on Tuesday evening to push its record to 10-2 on the season.
MCC took the match with set scores of 25-9, 25-15, and 25-16.
MCC was led with 18 kills from Kristi Bose, while Lindsey Barritt and McKenzie Schmitz each added six. Bose had four aces. Paris Thomas had 27 set assists for her Rebels. Hannah Schmidt had 13 digs for MCC while Jade Giese had 10.
Adrian junior Elizabeth Thier had 35 digs on the night to lead the Dragons defensively, while senior Shelly Loosbrock had 25, senior Corie Reckamp had 18, and Christina Loonan added 18. Sydnie Weiss had 15 digs for the evening.
Weiss led the attack serving for Adrian, going 12-for-12, while junior Brooke Echter was 4-for-4, as was senior Nicole Knips. Reckamp had eight kills while Weiss had 10 set assists.
“Murray County Central is a good hitting team, and we did a great job defensively,” Adrian coach Brianne Einck said after the match. “We just didn’t have enough blocks to put up against them.”
PA 3, Fulda 0
PIPESTONE —Pipestone Area swept Fulda Tuesday night at home in non-conference volleyball action.
The Arrows won 25-20, 25-10, and 25-12, moving to 7-6 on the year.
PA senior setter Kelly Nettik orchestrated the offense with 26 assists across the three sets, while junior outside hitter Taylor Kruisselbrink put down 11 kills in the match. PA senior Brittany Evans led the Arrows with 16 digs.
Pipestone Area faces Marshall up next, on Thursday night on the road, while Fulda travels to Edgerton the same night to face Southwest Christian.