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Prep volleyball: SWU wins in three

Brian Korthals/Daily Globe Southwestern United Wildcat Rachel Mathias (9) and Adrian Dragon Nicole Knips (5) battle above the net during Tuesday night’s volleyball match in Okabena.

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OKABENA — Southwestern United volleyball coach Christine Malm said her Wildcats seemed not quite as sharp Tuesday night as they’ve been in the recent past.

If true, it didn’t show up on the scoreboard as they swept past the Adrian Dragons 3-0. SWU won the first game 25-12, the second 25-19 and the third 25-7.

Maybe the Cats were looking ahead to Thursday’s home match against another Red Rock Conference rival, Murray County Central. SWU, MCC and Red Rock Central entered Tuesday as the only teams undefeated in conference play. MCC defeated Red Rock Central 3-1 Tuesday, so Thursday’s match will squeeze the ranks of the unbeatens to one.

Southwestern United advanced to 14-4-1 with Tuesday’s victory over Adrian. Courtney Place and Andrea Hinkeldey led the offense with 12 and eight kills, respectively. Hailey Schumacher had 24 set assists and also put 15 of 15 serves in play with four aces. Autumn Hinkeldey was 17-for-17 serving with two aces, and also with 14 digs.

Kailey Wendland added 10 digs. Place had seven blocks and Rachel Mathias had six.

For Adrian, Elizabeth Thier and Shelly Loosbrock were both 7-for-7 serving. Thier had three kills and Corie Reckamp two. Sydnie Weiss had eight set assists and Christina Loonan had 39 digs.

Malm said her Wildcats will need to be on their game defensively to contain Murray County Central’s outstanding senior hitter, Kristi Bose, Thursday. It’s offense that has been SWU’s strong suit this fall.

“We are stronger offensively than we are defensively,” Malm said, describing her team’s essence. “I wouldn’t say we’re the toughest serving team in the conference, but we put a lot of our serves in.”

Southwestern United’s most consistent offensive player has been Place, a junior middle hitter. Place has thus far compiled a hitting percentage of .375 in 2013 (kills minus errors over attempts). For fans not tuned into volleyball numbers, .375 is an outstanding percentage.

“I tell my players that anything over .200 is considered good,” Malm said Tuesday night.

SWC 3, H-BC 0

HILLS — With the strong hitting of Tianna Top and a strong night serving, Southwest Chrisitan routed Hills-Beaver Creek on their home court.

Set scores were 25-13, 25-19 and 25-10.

Kelli Esselink had six kills and three blocks for H-BC, and Madison Fick had four kills, two blocks and eight digs.

Jessica Sandbulte had 11 digs for the Patriots, and was 6 of 6 serving. Taylor Wingert had five digs, and Tori Bork was also a perfect 7-for-7 from behind the service line.

Hills-Beaver Creek plays Fulda on Thursday, and SWC plays Ellsworth on Monday.

Ellsworth 3, Edgerton 1

EDGERTON — The Ellsworth Panthers beat the homestanding Edgerton Flying Dutchmen by a score of 3-1 in a match in Edgerton.

Set scores were 25-15, 25-15, 27-29 and 25-19.

For the Panthers, Emily Chappa had five aces serving. Chappa also had one solo block and five digs. Danielle DeBeer had five kills for Ellsworth. Outside hitter Brenna Kramer had four kills, tied with Alexa Huisman.

Heidi Nolte had 11 set assists, and DeBeer had five digs.

For Edgerton, Tanner Gunnink had eight kills. Jessica Jasper had five kills, and Cameron Kroh and Devin Bloemendaal each had seven blocks. Kjersten Sankey was a stellar 19-19 from behind the line, along with Jordyn Smit, who was also a spotless 15-15, also with an ace. Smit also had 19 set assists, and seven digs.

Edgerton takes on MLA Thursday, and Ellsworth takes on Adrian on the same night.

MCC 3, RRC 1

LAMBERTON— The Murray County Central Rebels took three hard-fought set wins over Red Rock Central to win a Red Rock conference game 3-1 in Lamberton.

Scores were 28-26, 15-25, 25-23 and 25-20.

For the Falcons, Hanna Sell was 20-21 from behind the line, with four ace serves. Mikaela Smith was a perfect 26-26 with two aces.

Olivia Bitner and Cassandra Erickson had 14 kills apiece, and Smith had 34 set assists.

Brooke Rasmussen had 20 digs, followed by Erickson, who had 18. Bitner tacked on 16 digs.

Sell had one solo block and five assists. Mel Kedl had four assists, and Rachel Kedle had two solos and two assists.

The Falcons are now 9-6 overall, and 5-1 in the conference. They take on W-WG in Westbrook on Thursday. MCC takes on Southwestern United on Thursday.

CC 3, T-M-B 2

TRACY—A five-set match took place in Tracy, with Central Christian ending as the victor over Tracy-Milroy-Balaton by a score of 3-2.

Set scores were 25-16, 22-25, 25-18, 17-25 and 15-12.

Gabbie Gervais was 25-26 from behind the line for T-M-B, with four aces. Sammie Gervais was 25-27 with four aces, and Kassidy Pryzmus was 15-17, also with four aces.

Jessie Nelson had 16 kills for the Panthers, and Sydney Lanoue had 10.

Gabbie Gervais had 35 set assists, and Anna Peterson and Przymus had 21 and 12 digs, respectively.

Sheldon 3, S. Center 1

SHELDON, Iowa — It tooks four tough games, but the Sheldon Orabs won 3-1 over Sioux Center in Sheldon.

Set scores were 21-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-18.

Jessica Van Beek had 18 kills for the Orabs, followed by Marti Vogel, who had 11. Sami Kleinwolterink had 32 set assists, and also had three solo blocks.

Kayla Johnson had 24 digs for the Orabs, followed by van Beek and Vogel, who had 18 apiece, and Emily Johnson, with 21.

The Orabs are now 22-3, and they take on Central Lyon on Tuesday.

MLA 3, Fulda 0

MOUNTAIN LAKE — Mountain Lake Area swept Fulda with set scores of 25-15, 25-17 and 25-15 in a match in Mountain Lake.

Rachel Dukes had 13 set assists for MLA, and Carmen Syverson had five kills. Signey Stoesz had eight aces on 23 serves, with 14 points. Mikayla Falk was 10-11

serving with two acesand

10 points, and also had 20 digs.

For Fulda, Myah Holinka had 9 kills and 10 digs.

Randi Tiesler had four

kills, 11 set assists, and was 9-9 serving with three aces.

Senior Dani Hermeling

also had 10 digs for the Raiders.