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Eagles prove too much for Trojans to stop

WINDOM -- Moving the ball around effectively and covering the floor well Thursday night, the Windom Eagles swept the Worthington Trojans in a Southwest Conference volleyball match, 25-9, 25-14, 25-14.

"Our serve receiving and setting were really on tonight," Windom co-head coach Ron Wendorff said following the match. "If we do those two things well, we feel we have enough power at the net to be successful."

The Eagles used their power to keep the Trojans on their heels throughout the match.

"We really struggled with our passing tonight," Worthington head coach Jen Clark said. "We couldn't attack the way we wanted to, and our offense struggled because our passing was so poor."

Leading 5-4, Windom (2-0, 12-3) went on a 20-5 run to win Game 1 and grab an early advantage in the match.

The left-side hitting combination of Malori Paplow and Maggie LaMaack keyed the surge for the Eagles, as the duo combined for six kills (three apiece) during that stretch.

Casey Christensen and Amy Robinson also played strong at the net with two kills apiece, as Windom used the sets of Megan Ysker and Katie Symens to its advantage.

Christensen helped the Eagles to an 8-2 lead in Game 2 with two kills and an ace serve. The Trojans later came within seven (17-10) after Ally Rotert's ace block, Rachel Pavelko's ace serve and Holli Aggen's kill.

Four straight errors by the Eagles brought the Trojans within five (19-14), but Windom scored the final six points of the game to go up 2-0.

Paplow and Ysker each had two kills, while Ysker and MaKenzie Lovell teamed up for an ace block to seal the victory for Windom.

Worthington (0-3, 1-7) stayed close to Windom in the early stages of Game 3 as Ashley Aggen had an ace serve and a kill, Holli Aggen cracked two kills, and Alex Wetering put down a kill.

Leading 14-9, Ysker scorched three straight kills before LaMaack later capped the sweep by slamming four kills.

Wendorff cited libero Cassie Oddson (12 digs) as playing a solid match for the Eagles, who covered the floor well and got the ball where they needed to throughout the match.

"Cassie does such a great job for us in the back row," he said. "She covers a lot of space and knows where the ball needs to be."

Christensen led the Eagles with nine kills and six blocks, while Paplow and LaMaack each smacked eight kills.

Robinson (six blocks) and Ysker (17 set assists) charted five kills apiece, while Oddson (14-for-15, two aces) and Symens (13-for-14, two aces) led the Eagles in serving.

Worthington was led by Holli Aggen's seven kills and three set assists, while Ashley Aggen and Alex Wetering had four and three kills, respectively.

Lisa Viessman registered 10 set assists and was 5-for-7 serving with one ace.

Worthington hosts a tournament Saturday at 8:30 a.m., while Windom visits Martin County West Tuesday.