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Tigers maul Trojans

WORTHINGTON -- The Marshall Tigers volleyball team proved too much for the Worthington Trojans in a 3-0 sweep Thursday night.

"It's a little disappointing," Worthington head coach Jen Clark said. "We had hoped to stick with them a little longer and give them a run. We didn't really do that."

Marshall defeated the Trojans 25-12, 25-14, 25-14.

"We did some good things," Marshall head coach Dan Westby said. "It was kind of like an Oreo, the beginning and the end weren't the best, but what was in the middle was pretty good."

This was Marshall's (2-0, 7-1) first road match of the year. Westby said he didn't know how his team would respond.

"This is our first road game of the year, so that was a concern for us coming in," Westby said. "I do think we were a little bit tentative at the beginning, but I thought we kind of found ourselves midway through the first game and played well in game two. Game three wasn't great, but we did what we had to do."

For Worthington (1-1, 4-2), Clark said the team has to be ready to go again by next week.

"I gave them an hour to mope," Clark said. "I said 'you have an hour, and then you're done.' We have to be ready to go again. We have a lot of season left."

The Trojans hung with the No. 3 ranked team in Class 2A in the first part of the first game.

Worthington's Mara Dixon had one of her three kills on the night in the first game to bring the Trojans back within three at 12-9.

"I thought we kind of came out of the gate slow, but I think Worthington was ready to play," Westby said. "I think they played with a little bit more energy than we did early on. We had a few mistakes that helped them out. We just can't afford to play that way."

Leading 13-10, the Tigers went on a 12-2 run that put the finishing touches on a 25-12 victory in game one.

Clark said she didn't think her team was intimidated by Marshall's team.

"I think that they were ready, and we were okay, but we struggled tonight." She said.

In the second game, Worthington came out with an early lead behind one of Lizzy Wetering's four kills on the night.

Both teams would go back and forth in the middle of the second game.

Tied at 11, Marshall went on a 14-3 run to finish game two.

"We hung in there at 5-5, 11-11 in those couple games," Clark said. "We like to see that -- that's exciting. We'll look at that and go from there."

The Trojans hung in tough again in the third game. Leading by just four, Marshall's Rachel Westby had one of her game-high 12 kills to push the lead to five.

Kayla Wallerich had two consecutive aces to give the Tigers a seven point lead.

The Trojans could not recover as Marshall went on to the 25-14 victory.

"A lot of things broke down for us tonight as far as our passing, serve receiving, and our blocking really hurt us tonight," Clark said. "Those are some pretty major components of the game."

Holli Aggen led the offensive attack for Worthington with seven kills, while Rachel Pavelko had 10 digs.

"We weren't able to put an offense together, and we didn't get to swing," Clark said. "When we did, it was kind of off, so that was what really broke down for us tonight."

Marshall was paced by Rachel Westby and Anna Full (11 kills).

"I thought we did a nice job of getting the ball to Anna Full," Dan Westby said. "She's typically our leader in terms of attacks. I thought Rachel Westby had some decent attacks as well. We passed well, and those kids were able to get some good swings on the ball as a result."

Kelsey Deragisch (18 set assists) set up Full and Rachel Westby all night.

For Worthington, it was a learning experience.

"We've learned some things now," Clark said. "Marshall is good; they have a really strong program and a great team. Now we know what we're up against at the end of the season for us."

Marshall will be off until Thursday when the Tigers host Pipestone Area in a key Southwest Conference contest.

"We have some practice time that we need, and it'll be a tough match," Dan Westby said.

The Trojans will be on the road twice next week. They will travel to Fairmont on Tuesday and return to conference play on Thursday when Worthington travels to Jackson County Central.