Quasars conquer Trojans, 3-0
OKABENA -- In the last regular season match for both teams, the Southwest Star Concept Quasars defeated the Worthington Trojans in a non-conference volleyball tilt Thursday night.
SSC (19-7) won the first game, 25-17, before dominating the next two, 25-10, and 25-12.
"It was definitely not what I had anticipated for this evening," Worthington head coach Jen Clark said. "We never put it together; it wasn't ever there for us."
Behind a kill from Sydney Place (seven kills, three ace blocks), the Quasars held a 6-0 lead early in the first game.
However, Worthington (16-7) would recover to bring the score to 11-10 midway through the game.
"I thought we were kind of sluggish the first half of Game 1," SSC head coach Rick Haberman said. "It's not always easy to go from sluggish and pick it up. I thought we got a little sharper with our ball control and went from there."
From then on, the Quasars went on a run to lead by seven.
Worthington's Holli Aggen (six kills) and Anneli Dudley (two kills, 11 set assists) had two consecutive attacks late in the game, but the Quasars were able to hold on to a 25-17 victory in Game 1.
Behind two aces from Erika Post (15-of-15 serving, three aces), the Quasars jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the second game.
With a kill from Aggen and Mara Dixon (two kills), the Trojans were able to get on the board. However, the Quasars' Maddie Collin (seven kills) answered with a kill to stop the rally and keep the momentum.
"It's definitely nice when you get the big leads," Haberman said. "Then, you can trade points if you need to. We knew we couldn't let them have a big run. In Game 1, we had a big lead and let them get back into it. Game 2, we had a big lead, and were able to hold them off."
Worthington never recovered in Game 2, as SSC went on to the 25-10 victory.
"We really had a hard time with everything," Clark said. "It was a tough night all the way around."
Worthington scored the first two points in Game 3, but SSC answered with two right back to even the game.
The Quasars then went on a 7-1 run to pull away from the Trojans.
Worthington's Rachel Pavelko (8-of-8 serving, two aces, and 11 digs) had an ace to try and stop the Quasar rally, but SSC answered with a 6-1 run to pull away.
The Trojans could manage just four more points as SSC went on to a 25-12 victory.
"You try to forget it and move on," Clark said. "We start a new season on Monday. Now all bets are off, and it doesn't matter if we lost the last time we played them, this is where it counts."
Worthington will not be on the court again until Oct. 26, when they will travel to Pipestone for the first round of playoffs.
The Trojans will face Marshall, a team that defeated Worthington 3-0 earlier this season.
"It'll be tough, but we're looking forward to it," Clark said. "We have four days of practice, so we'll be ready."
SSC is the No. 3 seed in section 3A and will await the winner of Adrian and Hills-Beaver Creek. Those two teams will face off Monday in Luverne, and the winner will face SSC on Friday.
"You never know how the layoff is going to affect us," Haberman said. "The big thing is that we have to keep practicing hard. Whether we play Hills-Beaver Creek or Adrian next Friday, we know we'll have an opponent who knows us. We're going to take a little break the rest of this weekend, and then next week, we need to get ready to go again."
The Quasars find themselves in a section with Windom (24-2) and Southwest Christian (16-5), two teams that enter with impressive records.
However, Haberman and the Quasars will not look past anyone at this point in the season.
"Every team we're going to play is tough," Haberman said. "It starts with Adrian, who's had a fantastic season, or Hills-Beaver Creek. If they beat Adrian, then obviously, they are playing well."
Windom 3, Fulda 0
FULDA -- In a match in which Sam Raddle set the school record for set assists with 1,537, the Fulda Raiders fell to Windom Thursday night.
Raddle had 15 on the night to break the career record.
Windom (24-2) won the first game, 25-16, before winning a tight second game, 25-21. The Eagles won the last game, 25-8 to win the match.
For Fulda (13-9-2), Tammy Peterson was 9-of-9 serving with five points, while Stephanie Gunderman had eight digs.
Brittany Hulstein had seven kills, while Raddle had five. Mari Holinka had five ace blocks.
For Windom, Megan Ysker had a solid all-around night. She had 10 kills, 17 set assists and nine digs.
Amy Robinson had eight kills, while Casey Christensen had eight kills and five blocks. Megan Mattson had 12 set assists to lead the Eagles, while Allison Nau was a perfect 18-of-18 serving with three aces.
Fulda will face Ellsworth Monday in the first round of playoffs. The winner will face Windom on Friday in Luverne.