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Trojans defeat Flying Dutchmen, 3-0

WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Trojan volleyball team continued its winning ways with a sweep over Edgerton Monday night in a non-conference match.

The Trojans (12-4-1) won the first two games in close contests, 25-22, and 25-23. Worthington then completed the sweep with a 25-14 victory in Game 3.

"Until the last game, I was pleased with a lot of our game," Edgerton head coach Randy Butson said. "I thought we started out pretty strong, and then we actually got a little stronger. But then we wilted and kind of gave up there."

In Game 1, the two evenly-matched teams battled back and forth as Worthington rallied late for the three-point victory.

The Flying Dutchmen (6-11) started out hot in the second game, leading 11-2 before forcing Worthington head coach Jen Clark to use a timeout.

During the timeout, Clark tried to rally her team.

"I just said that we are beating ourselves right now," Clark said. "We weren't talking, and there wasn't any movement. They did a good job of coming back out of that."

The Trojans came out of the timeout on a 13-4 run to tie the game at 15-all.

"I can yell at them from the bench, and I can try to inspire them with my words, but when it comes right down to it, they are the ones out there on the floor, they have to do it," Clark said. "And they did it."

Worthington's Holli Aggen (12 kills, 11-of-14 serving with 4 aces) had two aces to give the Trojans a lead later in the game.

However, behind the play of Edgerton's Kelsey Wolthuizen (6 kills) the Flying Dutchmen came back to take a 22-21 lead.

Worthington would not be denied, as the Trojans ended on a 4-1 run to take the victory.

"We were a little flat, and a little inconsistent," Clark said. "But overall, I think that things went well and we were able to get some good setups and some good rallies."

Worthington jumped out to a 12-5 lead in Game 3, forcing Edgerton to take a timeout.

Out of the timeout, Worthington's Anneli Dudley (four kills, 19 set assists, 10-for-10 serving) had a kill to keep the momentum on Worthington's side.

Alyssa Smith (seven kills) added another kill as the Trojans went on to a 25-14 victory.

"That's the game of volleyball," Clark said. "We were more aggressive in the third game. We moved better and talked more."

For Butson, it was all too familiar this season.

"This has been a trademark of ours all year," Butson said. "We've had leads and can't hold them at the end of games. It's a confidence thing, I think with us."

However, Butson admits the Trojan team was a tough opponent.

"I have to give credit to the Worthington girls. They made the plays when they had to in a close game down the stretch," Butson said. "It isn't always what we didn't do or could have done; sometimes it's what they did."

For Worthington, Rachel Pavelko had 16 digs, and was 10-of 11 serving with an ace. Mara Dixon had seven kills, while Ally Rotert had three blocks and four kills.

For Edgerton, Hailey Vankley was 8-of-9 serving with one ace.

"We served pretty well," Butson said. "We missed a couple in that middle game, but overall, I thought we served well."

Macy Butson had 15 set assists, while Vankley and Katie Hadler each had eight digs.

The Flying Dutchmen will travel to ML/B-O on Thursday.

The Trojans will be back in conference play when they visit Pipestone Area on Thursday night.

"We're excited for Thursday," Clark said. "We know it's going to be a tough match, especially up there on their home floor. But we want another conference win.

It's going to be a fun one, and I think the girls are ready."