SSC, SWC move forward
LUVERNE -- Southwest Star Concept and Southwest Christian will meet again in the Section 3A South volleyball tournament.
This time it will be in the semifinals, as both the Quasars and Eagles -- who have met in the South finals each of the last two years -- won their quarterfinal contests Friday night in the Luverne Elementary Gymnasium.
Top-seeded SSC swept No. 8 Hills-Beaver Creek in the first match, while No. 4 SWC followed up with a sweep of fifth-seeded Round Lake-Brewster.
SSC and SWC play Tuesday at 6 p.m., at the Elementary Gym in Luverne. Edgerton and Fulda will meet in Tuesday's second contest.
SWC 3, RL-B 0
Fueled by the net prowess of Kelsey Van Dyke (15 kills, five blocks), the Eagles prevailed in three games over the Raiders, 25-23, 25-15, 25-22.
"Our middles (Van Dyke and Kristin Broekhuis) really had strong nights for us," SWC head coach Dan Broekhuis said following the match. "This was a good tournament win for us, and hopefully this will set us up well for the next round."
SWC (15-9-2) vaulted out to a 10-5 lead in Game 1, as Van Dyke's two kills and a kill apiece from Amber Buys (16 digs) and Kristin Broekhuis triggered the Eagles' run.
RL-B (11-9) climbed back to take a 15-14 lead, as Elly Schmitz, Kelli Correll and Amanda Baumgarn charted a kill each, and Brittany Wiese served for a couple of aces to key the Raiders' surge.
The Raiders continued to lead, holding a 23-21 edge. However, SWC scored the final four points to win 25-23 as kills from Van Dyke, Broekhuis and Leah Hanenburg and a net infraction by the Raiders ended the game.
The teams battled point-for-point to an 8-all tie in Game 2 before SWC put together a 13-2 scoring burst to go up 21-10. Van Dyke had four kills and a pair of ace blocks in that stretch.
Wiese and Sarah Schmitz recorded back-to-back ace blocks for the Raiders, but kills from Van Dyke and Broekhuis helped the Eagles secure the 25-15 victory.
RL-B jumped out to a quick start in Game 3, as Kasey McNab's three ace serves catapulted the Raiders to a 7-3 lead.
SWC fought back to tie the score at 8-all, and things stayed close the rest of the way.
Baumgarn helped keep the Raiders in the game with three kills down the stretch, while Van Dyke had three kills of her own and an ace block for the Eagles.
SWC ended up winning 25-22 to cap the sweep and advance to Tuesday night's matchup with SSC.
Erin Mouw had 33 set assists for the Eagles.
SSC 3, H-BC 0
Sparked by a 6-0 run to cap a victory in Game 1, the Quasars went on to earn the sweep over the Patriots, 25-19, 25-7, 25-16.
Tied at 19-all in Game 1, SSC scored the final six points to take the early advantage. The Quasars then dominated Game 2 before taking control of Game 3 midway through to complete the sweep.
Game 1 was back-and-forth early on, as H-BC's Amanda Tilstra and Kilee Baker knocked down ace serves, and SSC's Adri Rasche (five kills, three ace blocks) charted an ace block to help the score to a 6-all tie.
Kills from Chelsey Knutson (nine kills) and Rasche then jumpstarted the Quasars to an 8-3 spurt, putting them up 14-9.
H-BC (0-17) came storming back to tie the game at 16-all as Jessy Bos had an ace block, Sonya Elbers had an ace serve, and Leah Hup, Kaitlyn Bos and Chelsi Fink each knocked down a kill to fuel the Patriots.
With the score still tied at 19-all after a dump kill from H-BC's Kerri Fransman, SSC received a kill from Sydney Place (eight digs, five kills, 15-for-16 serving with 12 points) to take the lead.
Place then served for the next five points, as Shannon Hussong (12 digs, six kills, two ace blocks, 16-for-16 serving with 13 points) drilled three straight kills to help the Quasars secure the 25-19 victory.
A couple of ace serves from Erika Post (11-for-11 with seven points) helped the Quasars get out to a 6-3 lead in Game 2 before Place served up three aces to help extend the lead to 14-5.
Katherine Kazemba (19-for-19 with 17 points) mixed in three ace serves, and Knutson scored on three kills to ignite the Quasars to an 11-2 scoring burst to end the game with a 25-7 win.
Aided by a kill from Hup and an ace serve from Tilstra, the Patriots jumped out to a 5-0 lead in Game 3.
Dump kills from Fink and Fransman helped H-BC maintain a five-point lead (10-5), but SSC countered with an 8-0 run -- four points coming on ace serves by Hussong -- to go up 13-10.
SSC continued to control things from there, going on for the 25-16 victory.
Chelsey Cranston had 24 set assists and eight digs for the Quasars, who improved to 22-5.