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PREP VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP: Fourth-ranked Tigers hand top-ranked JCC 5-set loss

JACKSON -- Jackson County Central was a mere three inches away from earning a victory against Marshall.

Holding a match-point in the fourth set of Thursday's volleyball contest, the Huskies had a hit that landed just wide of the line to even the game score at 24-24.

The Tigers ended up winning the set and the decisive fifth set to earn the victory in a matchup between two of the top-ranked volleyball teams in the state.

Game scores were 17-25, 25-22, 20-25, 26-24 and 15-11.

Marshall was led by Kenzie Beekman (19 service points, 18 digs, 17 kills) and Sydney Griffin (17 service points, one service ace, 28 set assists, nine kills) in the match. Morgan McKittrick chipped in with 15 digs, 15 kills and two blocks.

JCC had six players with double-digit totals in digs, led by Whitney Burmeister (28 digs, 22 kills, 21-for-21 serving with two aces). The other five were Kaylee Burmeister (15 digs, 8-for-8 serving with an ace), Sydnee Donnelli (11 digs), Jasmine Erickson (10 digs, seven kills, six blocks), Kaylee Benson (10 digs, 17 kills, six blocks, 14-for-15 serving) and Lexi Schneekloth (10 digs, 27 set assists).

Michelle Van Epps had a team-high 31 set assists for the Huskies to go with eight digs and a 22-for-23 serving performance with two aces and Lydia Brandt contributed six kills and a team-high seven blocks.

JCC (6-3, 1-1) will host a tournament on Saturday.

Windom 3, Luverne 0

WINDOM -- Windom remained undefeated at home with a 25-15, 25-18, 25-12 victory against Luverne.

Kelsey Hanefeld led the Eagles with eight kills and also registered 10 digs. Abby Hayenga (10-for-11 serving, seven kills, eight set assists) and Hali Tasler (12-for-14 serving, seven kills) each had two service aces and eight service points, Shelby Mattson had 14 set assists and Jasmine Carlson had a team-high 14 digs.

The Cardinals were led by Taylor Stratton with four kills, two assisted blocks and one solo block. Chelsea Curtis (three kills) and Nicole Johnson (6-for-7 serving with two aces) each had 14 digs, Ellen Dahl was 9-for-11 serving, Justine Hanson had five set assists and Hailey Stulen had two assisted blocks and one solo block.

Windom (7-2, 2-0) will play at the tournament in Jackson on Saturday.

Luverne will play at Edgerton on Monday.

W-WG 3, RL-B 0

WESTBROOK -- Westbrook-Walnut Grove had strong contributions throughout its lineup in a 25-8, 25-20, 25-11 win against Round Lake-Brewster.

Anne Woelber was 16-for-17 serving with four service aces and also had 30 set assists for the Chargers. Other W-WG players with top contributions were Dayna Comnick (9-for-10 serving with four aces, 11 kills), Paige Erickson (13 kills), Karley Deprez (12-for-12 serving with three aces, seven kills, one-and-a-half ace blocks), Hailey Osland (10 digs, one-and-a-half ace blocks) and Hunter Priegnitz (11-for-12 serving with three aces).

RL-B was led by Kailey Wendland with six kills, nine digs and a 9-for-9 night at the service line. Sarah Baumgard had four kills and seven digs for the Raiders, Jenessa Ling was 11-for-11 serving and Zoe Baerenwald had 11 set assists.

The Chargers (10-3, 3-0) will play at the tournament in Jackson on Saturday.

RL-B (1-3, 0-2) will play at Hills-Beaver Creek on Monday.

RRC 3, Adrian 0

ADRIAN -- Red Rock Central continued its hot start to the season with a 25-13, 25-13, 25-11 victory against Adrian.

Chloe Arfsten was 21-for-22 serving with six aces and also had eight digs for the Falcons, Alison Kircher had 22 set assists, Brooke Rasmussen was 15-for-16 serving with five aces, Klarissa Larsen had eight kills, Fern Engen had five kills and Tegan Derickson contributed eight digs.

Sydne Springman led the Dragons by totaling six kills, six service points, one service ace, five digs, two blocks and four set assists. Courtney Vaske had four kills, three digs and two blocks and Nichole Loosbrock had five set assists.

RRC (5-1, 2-0) will host Murray County Central on Tuesday.

Adrian (4-4, 0-2) will play at Westbrook-Walnut Grove on Tuesday.

Edgerton 3, Ellsworth 0

EDGERTON -- Jessica Menning's hot serving and setting helped Edgerton earn a 26-24, 25-19, 25-20 victory against Ellsworth.

Menning had 14 service points, two service aces and 15 set assists in the contest. Also contributing for the Flying Dutchmen were Lindsey Drooger with eight kills and Ciara Everett with seven kills.

Emily Timmer led the Panthers by going 16-for-16 at the service line with one ace and nine service points to go along with a team-high 19 digs. Abby Drenth was 11-for-12 serving with three aces and five service points and also had five kills and a block, Alexa Huisman had two kills and a block and Bridget Kramer had eight set assists.

Edgerton (2-6, 1-1) hosts Luverne on Monday.

Ellsworth (1-5, 0-2) hosts Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin on Tuesday.

MCC 3, ML/B-O 0

MOUNTAIN LAKE -- Makenzie Giese's tough spikes (10 kills) and solid serving (nine service points, three aces) helped Murray County Central earn a 25-18, 25-10, 25-16 sweep against Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin.

Kristi Bose added six service points, four service aces, five kills and three blocks for the Rebels. Macy Halbur had 11 service points and two aces, Brooklyn Schmitz had 15 set assists and Taylor Schreier had nine service points.

Laura Romsdahl led the Wolverines by going 14-of-18 attacking with five kills. Rachel Dukes was 9-for-10 serving with an ace, Briana Wolff was 12-of-15 attacking with two kills, Mikayla Falk was 19-of-23 setting with five set assists and Lounee Soutthivong had eight digs.

MCC (3-2, 2-1) will play at Pipestone Area on Monday.

ML/B-O (5-4-1) will play at Ellsworth on Tuesday.

Canby 3, T-M-B 0

TRACY -- Canby earned a sweep with a 25-15, 25-16, 25-20 victory against Tracy-Milroy-Balaton.

Anna Peterson and Ashley Daniels (five kills) were both 8-for-9 serving for the Panthers, Kate Johnston was 6-for-6 serving and also had seven kills and nine digs, Jenna Stoneberg had a team-high 11 kills, Tiffani Karbo had 15 set assists and Kelli Soupir had a team-high 14 digs.

T-M-B (4-6, 2-1) will play in the tournament in Jackson on Saturday.

SSC 3, Fulda 1

FULDA -- The host Raiders won a close second game, but Southwest Star Concept prevailed in the other three.

Scores were 25-23, 24-26, 25-13, 25-19.

Maddie Rasche (22-of-22 serving, 13 points, 17 digs), Courtney Place (16-of-18 serving, nine points, 17 kills, 11 digs, two blocks) and Jen Schmidt (17-of-19 serving, 11 points, 12 kills, nine blocks) each had sparkling all-around performances for SSC (5-5, 2-0).

Autumn Hinkeldey (10 digs, seven kills), Mandy Henkels (12 set assists), Jordin Elness (11 set assists) and Alissa Carlson (two blocks) also contributed for the Quasars, who host Southwest Christian Tuesday.

Fulda (0-3, 0-2) was led at the net by Silvia Zanini (14 kills, seven digs), Rachel Cheadle (nine kills), Amanda Schumacher (six ace blocks) and Courtney Hulstein (22 set assists).

Leading the Raiders at the serving line were Mallory Pagel (17-of-18, nine points, one ace) and Dani Hermeling (14-of-15, eight points), who also had six digs.

Fulda hosts Windom Monday.

SWC 3, H-BC 0

HILLS -- Hannah Van Dyke (21-of-22) served nine aces, helping Southwest Christian sweep Hills-Beaver Creek.

Game scores were 25-9, 25-13, 25-9.

Hanna Bosma (five kills, five blocks) and Deidra Vander Woude (six kills) led the Eagles at the net, while Emaleigh Vreeman (10 set assists) and Megan De Ruyter (nine digs) also helped SWC (8-0-1, 2-0).

For the Patriots (2-4, 1-1), Paige Leuthold was nine-of-10 serving and Chelsi Kroon had eight digs. Meghan Leuthold and Katlyn Sandbulte smacked four and three kills, respectively.

SWC travels to Okabena Tuesday for a clash with SSC, while H-BC hosts Round Lake-Brewster on Monday night.