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Section 3A volleyball: T-M-B, SWU, MCC, S’West move on

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Top-seeded Tracy-Milroy-Balaton and second-seeded Southwest United won their second-round South Section 3A volleyball matches Friday, and Murray County Central and Southwest Christian also prevailed.

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All four advance to sub-section semifinal action with Murray County Central playing Southwestern United and Southwest Christian playing T-M-B.

SW United 3, W-WG 1

WINDOM —Serving nine aces as a team and riding a 30-kill performance at the net, Southwestern United ran its undefeated string to 20 straight matches with a Section 3A second round playoff victory over Westbrook-Walnut Grove in four sets.

The Chargers, who finish a fine season with a 16-12 record, won the second set in extra points, but the Wildcats (25-4-1) prevailed to advance to Tuesday’s third round.

Set scores were 25-20, 24-26, 25-23 and 25-17.

Place, who as a junior already has well over a 1,000 kills in her varsity career, was a force up front for SWU as she received the ball frequently from sophomore setter Hailey Schumacher (48 assists).

Schumacher also delivered sets to junior hitters Kailey Wendland (nine) and Rachel Mathias (eight) who combined for 17 Wildcat kills.

Leading SWU at the service line was sophomore hitter Andrea Hinkeldey, who was 23-of-25 with a trio of aces. Mathias (12-of-13) also served three aces, while Schumacher was a perfect 15-of-15.

The Hinkeldey sisters —Andrea (25) and senior leader Autumn (20) —combined for 45 digs to lead the Wildcats on defense, while Wendland contributed with 17 digs of her own.

Mathias (three solo blocks, one assist) and Place (two solos, one assist) helped SWU win some of the battles at the net.

Leading the Chargers in serving were sophomore middle hitter Mariah Olsem (15-of-15), sophomore setter Abby Herding (19-of-20, including an ace) and senior outside hitter Dayna Comnick (14-of-14, with an ace).

Comnick smacked a team-high 19 kills for W-WG, which also had received a dozen kills from freshman outside hitter Cassidy Mischke and seven more by senior right-side hitter Madison Takle.

Herding, who earlier this season, surpassed 1,000 set assists for her varsity career, added 40 more to her total Friday.

Both Mischke and senior middle hitter Jordaan Joel were a part of a trio of blocks for the Chargers, who were led defensively by 28 digs from junior libero Liz Woelber, along with 20 by Comnick.

“I was pleased with our girls, who had a good season, developing together as a new team,” summed up W-WG head coach Cathy Baumann. “We tried players in different spots throughout the year and the team progressed well, ending on a high note.”

MCC 3, RRC 2

WINDOM —Murray County Central advanced with a hard-fought five-set victory over Red Rock Central, setting up a Tuesday (at Luverne, 7:30 p.m.) third round match against Southwestern United.

RRC won the second and third sets Friday, holding a 2-1 match edge, but the third-seeded Rebels rallied to win the fourth set and clinched the victory with a two-point win in the fifth.

Set scores were 25-16, 21-25, 18-25, 25-19 and 15-13.

“It was a super match, just awesome,” summed up RRC head coach Sara Arfsten. “The girls on each team played their hearts out and it was a fun match to watch.”

While no statistics were available for MCC, the Falcons —who finished a fine year with a 15-11 overall record —had several statistical leaders.

Senior outside hitter Casssandra Erickson was a perfect 21-of-21 serving, including a pair of aces, for RRC.

Sophomore setter Mikaela Smith (36 set assists) also served two aces on a 15-of-15 perfomance from the line.

Senior libero Brooke Rasmussen was 21-of-22 serving with one ace.

Up front, sophomore outside hitter Olivia Bittner enjoyed a big night for the Falcons with a team-high 20 kills. Freshman middle hitter Rachel Kedl delivered eight kills, while Erickson (team-high 24 digs) contributed seven kills.

Rasmussen, who finished her solid career with more than 1,000 digs, added 21 to her final total with another stellar backrow performance.

Freshman setter Taylor Price helped RRC’s defense with 15 digs of her own.

Smith played well at the net with a pair of solo blocks and four asssits, while Rachel Kedl had two of each and senior middle hitter Melanie Kedl came through with a trio of block assists.

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