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Windom, Southwest Star Concept meet tonight, Arrows look to defeat Marshall

WORTHINGTON -- With two more victories needed to qualify for the state volleyball tournament, Windom, Southwest Star Concept and Pipestone Area take to the court tonight to try and keep its state hopes alive.

Windom will face SSC tonight in Marshall at 8 p.m., while PA will travel to Redwood Falls to face Marshall at 6 p.m.

The Eagles (27-2) advanced to tonight's game with a four-game victory over Murray County Central Tuesday night, while the Quasars (21-7) defeated Southwest Christian in four games to earn a spot in tonight's match.

"They are a very balanced team," SSC head coach Rick Haberman said of Windom. "They play good defense and they serve aggressively. They are just an all-around real good team."

The winner will face either Renville County West or Minneota for the opportunity to play at the state tournament.

Even though the two teams have not met this season, both squads played in Luverne, and had an opportunity to watch the opponent.

"Watching them play, we were able to get used to some of their tendencies," Windom head coach Ron Wendorff said. "But every night a team may be different."

For SSC, one of the big challenges will be to try and stop the potent Windom attack.

"You just need to do the best you can," Haberman said. "When they have the ball, they can put it where they want, so we just need to play good team defense."

Windom will look to have another good night from Amy Robinson, who had a career-high 17 kills against MCC. Casey Christensen had 10 total blocks against MCC, and will need another strong night to block a balanced attack from the Quasars.

Erika Post had eight kills in the Quasars win over SWC, while Sydney Place and Jenna Leopold each had seven kills.

"We're just going to have to read the setter and get in position," Wendorff said of defending the balanced attack. "We have to make sure we have at least one blocker in position."

PA will face Marshall tonight, with the victor facing either Yellow Medicine East or Montevideo Saturday.

Both the Arrows (21-5-1) and the Tigers (21-6) swept their respective opponents to advance to tonight's Section 3AA semifinal match.

PA defeated New Ulm, while Marshall swept Jackson County Central Tuesday night in Worthington.

With both teams playing in the Southwest Conference, the Arrows visited the Tigers earlier in the season.

PA swept Marshall behind eight kills from Faith Tinklenberg, seven kills from Chelsey Evans and six from Nicole Buysse and Megan VanderPoel.

However, the Arrows will once again have to find an answer to Anna Full.

Full had a team-high 15 kills against JCC after netting 17 kills against Worthington.