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Prep volleyball: Pipestone Area wins, Luverne loses in season openers

CANBY — In a hot, stuffy gym with no air conditioning on a muggy August night, it all came down to who could better handle the tough conditions when Pipestone Area and Canby met up for their season openers.

The Arrows managed to overcome and take a 3-2 non-conference win to get the season started.

“Conditioning won the day,” said first-year Pipestone Area coach Jamie Juhl. “We never got tired.”

After a 25-16 loss in the opener, the Arrows came back for wins of 25-22 and 25-12 in the next two sets. Canby didn’t go down without a fight, however, taking a 25-21 win to force a fifth and deciding set.

There, the Arrows had a little bit more in the tank as they pulled away for a 15-8 victory.

According to Juhl, much of her team’s success was thanks to a strong night at the service line.

“We were serving machines tonight,” she said. “Serving is what pulled us through.”

Anneka Bucher led her team in that category with nine aces. Taylor Krusselbrink finished with 16 digs and 15 kills with Bianca Claussen scooping up 16 digs of her own. Kaiya Anderson smashed nine kills with Tarryn Woelber knocking down six attacks to lead her team in blocks.

Pipestone Area (1-0 overall, 0-0 Big South) will travel to Russell-Tyler-Ruthton on Tuesday.

Pipestone 16 25 23 21 15 — 3

Canby 25 22 12 25 8 — 2

St. James 3, Luverne 1

LUVERNE — Luverne ran out of steam after a strong win in the second set of its season-opening 3-1 Big South Conference loss to St. James Thursday.

The Saints got things going early, taking the first set with a 25-19 win. The Cardinals fought back, however, winning by the same score in the second to even things up. Unfortunately for the home team, St. James seized control from there, winning the last two 25-13 and 25-16 to close out the win.

Lexie Ferrell had a strong opener for Luverne, finishing with five kills, two solo blocks and a 9-for-10 performance at the service line that included two aces. Lexi Rust was 12-for-16 on dig attempts with Morgan Haugen not far behind at 10-for-14. Ariel DeBeer was 17-for-17 on her serves with two aces thrown in. She was also dished out 15 set assists. Tayla Petersen was Luverne’s top attacker with seven kills.

Luverne (0-1 overall, 0-1 BSC) will try to pick up its first win at Hills-Beaver Creek on Tuesday.

St. James 25 19 25 25 — 3

Luverne 19 25 13 16 — 1

Zach Hacker

Zach is the Daily Globe sports reporter. He has previously been a sports editor at both the Waseca County News in Waseca, Minn., and The Emporia Gazette in Emporia, Kansas. He is originally from New Richland, Minn., and now lives in Worthington with his dog; a beagle-corgi mix named Homer. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family and friends, pontooning on St. Olaf Lake and watching professional and collegiate sports.

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