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Prep volleyball: SWU, Windom win at Subway Classic

MARSHALL — Southwestern United wrapped up its first team title ever at the Subway Classic over the weekend.

The 24-team tournament was held Friday and Saturday at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. The Wildcats went 5-0 on the trip en route to their top spot.

“I was very happy with how the girls played. This is my second year at SWU, and the girls say we’ve never won at the Subway Classic,” Wildcats coach Christine Malm said. “It was exciting for us to win it for the first time.”

SWU won its matches Friday night, sweeping Cedar Mountain (25-8 and 25-11) and downing Renville County West in three sets (18-25, 25-15, 15-9).

The team continued Saturday, winning three matches, against Lac Qui Parle (25-10, 26-24), Central Minnesota Christian (25-17, 25-18) and Dawson-Boyd (25-21, 25-22).

SWU junior Courtney Place led her team with 57 kills for the weekend to go with four aces. She was 43-46 serving, with 27 digs, and 11 blocks.

Wildcat junior Kailey Wendland had 24 kills for the team through the weekend and junior Rachel Mathias added 21. Mathias had six aces and went 51 of 53 from the service line, while senior Andrea Hinkeldey had five aces and went 40-45 serving.

The team was led on the floor defensively with Place’s 27 digs, while Wendland collected 25 and Hinkeldey dug up 20 balls. Hinkeldey had 11 blocks to go with Place’s seven. The Wildcats’ setter, sophomore Hailey Schumacher, had 111 set assists throughout the weekend’s five matches.

“We had a busy week last week,” Malm said. “I was impressed with how well we played this weekend considering how wore out we were.”

Westbrook-Walnut Grove finished fourth in its division at the Subway Classic, ending the weekend with a 2-2 tally. The team split its competition both days. W-WG outlasted St. James (25-18, 25-18) Friday night to come back from a loss to Central Minnesota Christian (19-25, 4-25). The Chargers opened Saturday with a win over Legacy Christian (25-9, 25-15) but failed to come up with wins against Murray County Central (10-25, 23-25) or Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop (20-25, 18-25).

Abby Herding, a sophomore at W-WG, led the team with 71 assists on the weekend, and that set up 38 kills for senior Dayna Comnick. She recently recorded her 1,000th kill with the Chargers. W-WG freshman Cassidy Mischke had 21 kills and seniors Madison Takle and Herding each recorded seven.

From the service line, Herding blasted 11 aces through the weekend on a 48-for-50 effort, while Takle recorded eight aces, going a spotless 31-for-31. Comnick and Mischke each had five aces for the team.

Charger junior Elizabeth Woelber had 39 digs on the weekend, while Comnick collected 31 and Herding gathered 30. Talke had 25 digs of her own for the team. Comnick led the team at the net with a hand in four blocks, while Mariah Olson had four assists, Takle had two assists, and senior Jordan Joel had one.

“We had our ups and downs. We played tough teams, and I think that lets us know where we are at going into sub sections,” W-WG coach Cathy Baumann said of her club’s weekend.

The Chargers wrap up their regular season tonight at Mountain Lake Area.

Worthington finished the Saturday portion of its trip to the Subway Classic at 1-2. The Trojans earned a win to cap its day, in the seventh place match, against Lac Qui Parle (25-12, 24-26, 15-13), but fell to Russell-Tyler-Ruthven (25-23, 21-25, 9-15) and MACCRAY (13-25, 20-25).

Trojans senior Brooke Henning was 41-of-46 for her team with five aces for the weekend, while Becca Linder had five aces too on a 47-of-52 effort. Worthington junior Betsy Thompson had three aces for her team and served at a 43-of-46 clip.

Henning had 58 kills to lead WHS for the weekend and Linder had 31. Paige Gravenhof, a senior, had 10 kills, as did Allie Bruns. Gravenhof had 72 set assists as setter.

Henning dug up a team-best 75 balls for the weekend, while senior Paige Kinley, Landgaard, and Gravenhof each had 35 digs. Henning had eight blocks and Henning accounted for seven.

The Trojans now sit one game under even, at 12-13, and host Windom Area on Tuesday night to end their regular season of play. The Eagles come in at 14-9 on the year.

Windom Area finished as the winner of its group at the Subway Classic. The Eagles split the first night of the tournament, beating Adrian (25-19, 25-14) and falling to MACCRAY (18-25, 20-25). On Saturday, they beat United South Central (25-10, 25-14) and Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop (25-15, 25-18) to set up a division championship match against Murray County Central. Windom prevailed in two sets, 25-15 and 25-15.

Rachel Sorensen led her team with 10 aces on the weekend (35-of-38), Hannah Kloss had eight aces (41-of-43), and Jasmine Carlson had seven (37-of-38). Sorensen had 35 kills, junior Michaela Hacker recorded 26 kills, and Porsia Porath had 22.

Carlson recorded her 1,000th dig for her career Friday night, and she finished with a team-best 43 on the weekend. Senior Kelsey Hanefield had 31 digs, while Porath had a hand in 13 blocks total for the weekend and Hacker finished with 10 total. Miki Bolin, a senior for the Eagles, had 71 set assists.

Windom Area travels to Worthington on Tuesday night to end the regular season.

“We were disappointed we weren’t able to beat MACCRAY on Friday night,” Windom Area volleyball coach Ron Wendorf said. “We were able to come back, though, and this gives us a shot of confidence going forward.”

H-LP Tournament

LAKE PARK, Iowa — Hosting their own Harris-Lake Park Tournament Saturday, the H-LP Wolves placed second to South O’Brien and set a new match victory record for a season.

H-LP moved to 28-10.

Following South O’Brien and H-LP in the final tournament standings were Rock Valley placing third, Trinity fourth, George-Little Rock fifth and Ellsworth sixth.

Harris-Lake Park lost just one match Saturday, 2-1 to South O’Brien on scores of 17-21, 21-10 and 7-15. The Wolves defeated Trinity 21-8, 21-19, George-Little Rock 21-23, 21-10, 15-12, and Ellsworth 21-19, 21-9. And Rock Valley 21-16, 20-22, 15-8.

Wolves head coach Daryl Meyer, who’s team is ranked No. 11 in Iowa Class 1A, said the 28 victories is just part of what has already been a memorable season. “It’s a great accomplishment for the group that we have. The seniors have also got the most match wins as a class in school history.”

For the tournament, H-LP’s Miranda Brueggeman put 54 of 55 serves in play, and teammate Grace Winters was accurate on 50 of 51. Noreen Morrow had 114 kills while Kathrine Ihnen had 66 and Brueggman 65.

Morrow was also credited with three blocks. Macy Gunderson had 92 set assists.

Pipestone Area Volleyball Invitational

PIPESTONE — Southwest Minnesota Christian’s volleyball team earned three sweeps during its Saturday to win the Pipestone Area Invitational.

The Eagles beat Fairmont (25-19, 25-19) to begin their day and followed that up with sweeps over Redwood Valley (25-16, 25-21) and Pipestone Area.

SWC sophomore Ann Pater led the club with 13 kills and eight ace blocks, while junior Tianna Top had 13 kils to show for her weekend and three ace blocks, while Kassydi Vreeman finished with nine kills and 18 digs. SWC junior Sydney Esselink set up the offense with 47 assists.

The Eagles finish their season tonight, traveling to Slayton for a tilt with Murray County Central.

“The weekend was good and the girls played well. We were upbeat and we didn’t get weary,” SWC coach Brian Busker commented of his team’s trip to Pipestone. “We were able to bring the energy when we needed it and brought home the victory.

Luverne claimed fourth place in the tournament at Pipestone, finishing the day with one win and a pair of setbacks.

The Cardinals opened Saturday with a two-set win over Edgerton (25-10, 25-7), but couldn’t come out ahead of Redwood Valley (13-25, 20-25) or Pipestone Area (19-25, 25-22, 8-15).

Luverne junior Lexi Rust led her team with 11 kills offensively, while senior Ellen Dahl had 10 to give and so did senior Paige Baker. Ashlinn Curtis, also a senior, chipped in with four aces. Luverne senior setter Ashley Olson had 19 assists for the weekend while Curtis had nine.

Luverne goes to 9-10 on the season.

Pipestone Area warmed up for its regular season cap, set for Tuesday night at Jackson County Central, and finished 2-1 at its own tournamenton Saturday. The Arrows picked up wins over Lakeview (22-25, 25-18, 15-13) and Luverne (25-19, 22-25, 15-8). Southwest Minnesota Christian outlasted the Arrows in their other match (12-25, 20-25).

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