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Section 3AA volleyball: Trojans start well, fall to Marshall


MARSHALL — It was an uphill climb to attempt to upset the powerful, top-seeded Marshall Tigers Tuesday night. Worthington made a valiant effort but could not keep the Tigers from pulling away.

Scores were 25-14, 25-4, 25-11.

The Trojans fought Marshall to a standstill partway through the first game. But after a back-and-forth beginning that had both teams deadlocked at 8-8, the hosts began to separate themselves. The final point was made on an ace serve by Hannah Bennett.

Outstanding serving and strong hitting led Marshall to a dominating victory in the second game. In the third, the Tigers’ Sydney Griffin recorded her 2,000th set assist on the 23rd point.

Worthington finished the season with a 14-16 record.

“I’m really proud of how the girls came out in Game One,” said Trojans head coach Jessica Hogan. “We executed everything in our game plan we wanted to execute. And we played at a very high level, which was great to see.”

Betsy Thompson was 4-for-4 serving for Worthington, with one ace. Abbie Landgaard was 6-for-6 while teammates Becca Linder, Paige Kinley and Brooke Henning were all 5-for-5.

Paige Gravenhof had eight set assists. Henning led the team with five kills, as Linder had four and Allie Bruns three.

Linder also had two blocks. Gravenhof had one to go along with nine digs. Henning and Landgaard had seven and five digs, respectively.

Seniors Kinley, Tracy Prins, Gravenhof, Linder, Henning and Landgaard suited up for the last time for WHS.

“I’m really proud of my group of seniors. They were really great leaders this year. We’ll miss them a lot. They should be very happy with everything that they accomplished this season, and we wish them the best of luck,” Hogan said.

One of those seniors —Henning —summed up the season in glowing terms. “I think our season went well. We gradually got better and better as the season went on, and I think we ended the season strong,” she said, adding, “I love my team. I wouldn’t traded any of them for the world.”