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Trojans VB team tops New Ulm 3-0

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Alex Purdy

DAILY GLOBE

NEW ULM —Solid serving from senior Paige Gravenhof and junior Betsy Thompson brought the Worthinton Trojan volleyball team a solid 3-0 win (25-22, 25-19, 25-22) over New Ulm Thursday night.

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“We started the game off a lot stronger then the previous two,” Trojans head coach Jessica Hogan said, “and our serving is what really made the difference in the game tonight.”

The serving is what really made the difference for Worthington. Gravenhof finished the game 18 for 18 with 12 points from behind the service line, and Thompson ended up 14 for 14 with eight points and three aces.

Also helping the Trojans take home the win was the senior combo of Brooke Henning and Becca Linder. Henning finished the game with a total of five blocks, 10 kills and 11 digs. Linder finished with a game total of seven kills and five blocks.

“New Ulm played tough defense tonight, but the girls kept their heads and made smart decisions,” Hogan commented.

Setting up points for WHS were Gravenhof and Thompson, Gravenhof with 12 and Thompson with eight.

“It was a very back-and-forth game tonight, and I’m proud of our girls for finishing every set strong,” Hogan said.

The Trojans (2-1) head to Okabena Tuesday night to play Southwest United (0-1) at 5 p.m.

JCC 3 SWU 0

JACKSON — Jackson County Central scored a 3-0 win over Southwestern United. Scores were 25-20, 25-13 and 25-23.

The Huskies were led by junior Kathryn Nasby and junior Kaylee Burmeister. Nasby was 19 for 21 serving, finishing with two aces. She also totaled 17 digs in the contest. Burmeister was 8 of 10 with two aces from behind the service line, along with two blocks, 11 digs and 16 kills.

On the Wildcat side of the court, junior Courtney Place was 9 of 10 from behind the service line, with 12 kills, six digs and four blocks. SWU’s Hailey Schumacher totaled 21 set assists in the game.

The match was the opener for both teams. SWU’s next game is against Worthington Tuesday night. JCC’s next contest is against St. James Area on Saturday.

RRC 3 Springfield 1

SPRINGFIELD — A solid night of serving from senior trio Brooke Rasmussen, Cassie Erickson and Hanna Sell led the Red Rock Central Falcons to a 3-1 victory over Springfield.

With close scores in nearly every set, (25-16, 25-19, 22-25, 25-20) Rasmussen was 25 for 25 serving with two aces, while Erickson was 16 for 17 with an ace, and Sell was 9 for 10 with two aces.

Not only did the senior class stand out on the stat sheet, but the sophomore class did as well. Mikaela Smith finished Thursday’s match with a game total 37 set assists.

Rasmussen also finished with 24 digs, while Erickson and Smith finished with 22 and 17 digs, respectively.

Red Rock Central’s (2-0) next match is against Windom Area on Saturday.

MCC 3 R-T-R 0

Having two players with more than 20 digs apiece, and 90 total digs for Murray County Central in the contest, solid defense played a main role in MCC’s 3-0 victory over over Russel-Tyler-Ruthton Tuesday. Scores were 25-18, 25-22 and 25-23.

Leading the team in those digs were seniors Hanna Schmidt (24 digs) and Kristi Bose (21 digs).

Bose also led the team with 13 kills and was one of four Rebels to have a solo block in the contest.

Behind the service line, Dana Vander Wal was 10 for 13 with four aces.

MCC’s next contest is at Murray County H.S. against Westbrook-Walnut Grove at 7:30 p.m. on Monday.

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