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PREP VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP: SWU wins tight match in five sets over MCC

SLAYTON - Courtney Place delivered an all-around performance of 24 kills, 22 digs and four blocks to lead the Southwestern United Wildcats to a five-game Red Rock Conference volleyball victory over the Murray County Central Rebels Thursday night.

Game scores were 25-20, 18-25, 26-28, 25-19 and 18-16.

The Wildcat victory moves SWU and MCC into a tie for third place in the conference with a 7-2 league record - two games off the pace set by Southwest Christian atop the standings.

In addition to Place's effort for the visitors, Alyssa Hendrickson served 15 of 16 with one ace and added a block, while Rachel Mathias was 20-for-22 at the service line and added two blocks.

Mandy Henkels recorded 20 digs and 30 set assists for SWU (18-6), which hosts Fulda Monday.

Kristi Bose paced the Rebels with 18 kills, 23 digs, three blocks and two aces, while Hannah Schmidt had a match-high 29 digs and Taylor Schreier added 20 digs.

Schreier (two aces) and McKenzie Schmitz each had eight kills for MCC (7-5), while Macy Halbur (two blocks) and Lindsey Barritt (three blocks) each added six kills.

Jade Giese led the Rebels, who play in a tournament at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall today and Saturday, with 21 set assists, while Paris Thomas added 12 set assists and 11 digs.

W-WG 3, RRC 2

JEFFERS - It took five games but Westbrook-Walnut Grove Chargers managed to stave off the Red Rock Central Falcons to remain near the top of the Red Rock Conference volleyball standings.

Game scores were 23-25, 25-19, 25-20, 15-25 and 15-6.

W-WG, which remains one game behind Southwest Christian for the conference lead with an 8-1 mark, improves to 19-3 overall.

The Chargers received strong play from multiple players, led by Dayna Comnick's 22 digs, 16 kills and a perfect service night with a 28-for-28 outing.

Paige Erickson added 14 kills, one solo block and three block assists as well as recording four aces on 17-for-19 serving for W-WG, while Jordaan Joel had two blocks.

Abby Herding led the Chargers with 39 set assists and added 18 digs and was nearly flawless at the service line with a 15-for-16 night, while Hailey Osland was perfect from the service line, going 15-for-15 with two aces and also adding 13 kills, one solo block and three block assists.

Brooke Rasmussen led the Falcon effort with five ace serves on a 20-for-21 evening from the service line and added a match-high 25 digs, while Tegan Derickson added 16 set assists and 10 digs.

RRC (8-10, 5-4) received 19 set assists and two aces on 15-for-16 serving from Mikaela Smith, while Chloe Arfsten recorded 10 digs and two aces on a 14-for-15 effort at the service stripe.

Other Falcon contributions were made by Fern Engen (10 kills, two blocks), Katie Larsen (eight kills, two blocks) and Cassandra Erickson (seven kills, 11 digs).

Both squads play in a tournament at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall that begins today and continues into Saturday.

SWC 3, Ellsworth 0

EDGERTON - The Southwest Christian Eagle volleyball team stayed atop the Red Rock Conference standings with a commanding sweep of the Ellsworth Panthers Thursday night.

Game scores were 25-10, 25-8 and 25-9.

Amber Pater led the league-leading Eagles with 10 kills and five digs, while Hannah Van Dyke had 20 set assists, six digs and two aces on 15-for-16 serving.

SWC (17-5, 9-0), which plays in a tournament in Pipestone Saturday, also received Carissa Tinklenberg's four kills and Shelby Klarenbeek's match high 11 digs.

Emily Chapa led Ellsworth (7-15, 2-8) with eight digs, while Bridget Kramer added seven digs, one kill and one assist.

The Panthers, who host Edgerton Monday, also had Danielle DeBeer with two assists and one kill.

MLA 3, Edgerton 1

EDGERTON - The Mountain Lake Area Wolverines improved to .500 with a victory over the Edgerton Flying Dutchmen in four games in Red Rock Conference volleyball play Thursday night.

Game scores were 25-21, 22-25, 25-22 and 25-12.

Rachel Dukes (two blocks) had 22 set assists and four ace serves on 8-for-11 serving to lead MLA (11-11, 5-4), while Paige Brown (two kills) had five aces on 22-of-24 serving and Briana Wolff (11 digs) had three aces serves on a 15-for-16 effort.

Janessa Peters recorded 16 kills and two blocks for the Wolverines, while Mikayla Falk had 16 digs, Jordan Syverson totaled six kills and Kailee Heltemes blocked two balls.

Lindsey VanDyke paced the Flying Dutchmen with two ace serves on 11-for-13 serving, five kills and 13 digs, while Jessica Menning recorded one ace on a 14-for-16 service effort to go along with 14 set assists.

Edgerton (2-19, 1-10) also received seven kills and seven blocks from Sarah Post, while Ciara Everett had six kills and Amanda Schaap set six assists.

The Flying Dutchmen, who travel to the Pipestone tournament Saturday, also had Kameron Kroh deliver a nice service performance with a 7-for-10 evening, while Tara DeKam had eight blocks and Jessica Jasper tallied five blocks.

MLA hosts Red Rock Central Monday.

T-M-B 3, Windom 2

TRACY - In a highly competitive and high scoring non-conference volleyball match that went down to the wire Thursday night, the Tracy-Milroy-Balaton Panthers held off the Windom Eagles in five games.

Game scores were 25-20, 25-21, 14-25, 18-25 and 16-14.

T-M-B, which improves to 13-13 with the win, received strong efforts at the service line by Gabbie Gervais (21-for-22 with two aces), Kassidy Przymus (19-for-19 with one ace), Kelli Soupir (17-for-17 with one ace) and Anna Peterson (11-for-11 with one ace).

Peterson led the Panthers with 28 digs and was followed by Przymus (14 kills) with 22 digs and Soupir (seven kills) with 21 digs.

Cassandra Hook had a match-high 38 set assists for T-M-B, while Jenna Stoneberg added 12 kills and Gervais recorded 10 kills and one block.

The Eagles had three players with perfect nights at the service line as Kelsey Hanefeld was 18-for-18, Rachel Sorenson was 17-for-17 and Jasmine Carlson was 15-for-15 with three aces.

Carlson led Windom (14-5-1) with 42 digs, while Shelby Mattson led the team with 31 set assists to go along with 10 kills, five solo blocks and six block assists.

Hali Tasler led the Eagles with 20 kills and added 26 digs, while Miki Bolin set 15 assists and Holly Larson totaled 15 kills, three solo blocks and five block assists.

The Eagles play in a tournament in Marshall today and Saturday, while the Panthers host Marshall High School Monday

H-LP 3, Luverne 0

LUVERNE -- Ellen Dahl led the Luverne Cardinals with 15 digs and two aces in a three set loss to Harris-Lake Park Thursday.

H-LP won 26-24, 25-22, 25-21 in straight sets.

Erica DeBoer was second on the team with 14 digs and Ashlinn Curtis picked up 16 set assists for the Cardinals. Paige Baker went 17 for 18 on the serve with four aces and eight kills. Amanda Barnhart added three kills and six blocks for Luverne, while Taylor Stratton had eight blocks.

The Cardinals (3-12) host Marshall Tuesday.

JCC 3, PA 1

JACKSON -- Michelle VanEpps was all over the floor Thursday night, picking up three aces, two blocks, 11 digs, 37 set assists and four kills in a four game win for in the Jackson County Central Huskies over the Pipestone Area Arrows.

The Huskies took Game 1 25-9, but the Arrows battled back to take Game 2, 26-24. JCC finished off PA with two straight wins, 25-19, 25-18.

Kaylee Burmeister led the team in kills with 17, while adding 11 digs for the Huskies. Kathryn Nasby went 13 for 14 on the serve with an ace and 13 digs. Jasmine Erikson had 10 kills, four digs and two blocks to go along with Sydnee Donelli's two blocks, seven digs and eight kills.

JCC (18-5, 4-1) travels to Redwood Valley Tuesday.