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Trojans sweep past Bluejays

WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington volleyball team took a break from Southwest Conference action to sweep Central Minnesota Christian Monday night.

In three close games, the Trojans defeated the Bluejays, 25-19, 25-23, 25-20 to complete the three-game sweep.

"I think that they played well, they were ready to play," Worthington head coach Jen Clark said. "We've been focusing and talking about celebrating and keeping that energy there. Tonight, they really worked hard at that, and it showed in our play. When we didn't do that, we fell behind in that second game. They were able to pick it back up and get it going again."

For the Bluejays, they were never able to pick up the tempo to where they wanted.

"We tried to come out and set the tempo, but we didn't do that, we played slow," Central Minnesota Christian head coach Terrin De Boer said. "We didn't pass well, and we don't do well when we don't pass. So, that was our biggest problem. We like to make all our points and all their points. That's usually how we play."

Behind one of Abby Tebben's three aces, the Bluejays held a 4-1 lead early in the first game.

However, later in the game, Mara Dixon (nine kills, two blocks) slammed home a kill to tie the game at 5-all.

Both teams would trade points until late in the game. Worthington slowly crept away for the 25-19 victory.

It was Worthington that jumped out to a quick lead in Game 2. After holding a 5-1 lead, the Bluejays came back to take a 13-10 lead.

Tied at 23, the Trojans scored the last two points of the game to take the 25-23 victory.

"We had streaks in there when we passed well and put together good plays," De Boer said. "We didn't keep our excitement up."

In the third game, the Trojans once again held a 5-1 lead, and again, the Bluejays came back to tie the game at 12.

The Trojans went on a 7-1 run behind the serving of Ally Rotert (20-for-21 serving with four aces, eight kills) to hold a 19-13 advantage.

Worthington would not give up the lead as the Trojans went on to the 25-20 victory.

"I don't think there was a question of whether or not it was going to be a win," Clark said. "I think they really had a lot of confidence coming into this game. We've fought through some tough matches this season, so that prepares us."

Worthington entered the game on a two-game losing streak, and had lost three of the last four matches.

"This was big for us," Clark said of the win. "We had Windom, Marshall and Jackson, and you don't come out on the winning end, it can be frustrating. You understand that they are good teams, but it's still a loss, and it still gets frustrating. I think that this is important for us; it gives us a boost."

Worthington's Lizzy Wetering had seven kills on the night, while Holli Aggen had nine, and Alyssa Smith had six.

"We were really aggressive at the net, and that was a big thing for us tonight," Clark said. "It gives everybody a boost. The defense is willing to work a little bit harder, too. They really did a good job of being aggressive."

Defensively, Rachel Pavelko had 12 digs.

Cassie Ulferts led the Bluejays with 11 kills, while Kaitlyn Link had 15 digs.

"We're coming off all games and no practices," De Boer said. "We just didn't play that well. We served pretty well, but we didn't have enough aces."

Lacey Tebben was 14-of-15 serving, while Heather Bloom was a perfect 11-for-11 with one ace.

The Bluejays will host Dawson-Boyd tonight, while the Trojans will travel to Wabasso on Thursday.

Windom 3, MCW 0

WINDOM -- Behind Megan Ysker's set assist milestone, the Windom Eagles (16-1) swept Martin County West Monday night in a non-conference match.

Ysker needed 19 set assists to reach the 1,000 career milestone, and finished with 20 assists on the night.

She also had eight kills and was 20-of-23 from the service line with three aces.

Casey Christensen had eight kills and four solo blocks for the Eagles, while Malori Paplow had eight kills and four digs.

Megan Mattson was a perfect 13-of-13 serving with two aces, while Carissa Borsgard had seven digs.

For Martin County West, Kim Fuller had five kills, while Janaya Anderson had 12 set assists. Anna Arnold had eight digs defensively.

The Eagles will host Blue Earth tonight before a key Southwest Conference showdown on Thursday with Pipestone Area.

PA 3, Fulda 0

PIPESTONE -- Nicole Buysse had 11 kills to lead the Arrows (12-4) over Fulda (7-5-2) Monday night.

Faith Tinklenberg (eight kills), Rachel Tinklenberg (six kills), and Chelsey Evans (seven kills) paced the Arrow offense.

Meghan Visker served as the playmaker with 31 set assists.

For Fulda, Marie Holinka had eight kills and three blocks. Sam Raddle had 10 set assists, while Brittany Hulstein had three blocks.

Tammy Peterson was a perfect 9-for-9 serving, while Chrissy Weskus had seven digs.

The Raiders will host Red Rock Central tonight, while the Arrows will travel to Windom Thursday night.