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Prep volleyball: Adrian, JCC, MCC all win openers

NORTHROP — After a one-sided loss in its opening set against Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain Monday, Adrian got things straightened out.

The Dragons took a 25-13 loss in the first set of their season opener but came back to win the next two. They hung on to win a five-set thriller, 3-2.

Adrian was headed in the right direction when it got a 25-18 win in the second set. It followed that with a 25-19 win in the third to take the lead.

The Knights wouldn’t go away without a battle, however, and claimed a 25-17 victory in the fourth set.

But, in a fifth-set nailbiter, the Dragons came away with a 15-13 win to start the season at 1-0.

Libby Ahlers held down the libero position for Adrian and made her presence felt. She scooped up 20 digs and dropped six aces from the service line.

Middle hitters Miah Kunkel and Jacie Lowe finished with 10 and seven kills, respectively. Lowe added three blocks with Elizabeth Thier coming up with six digs. Madisyn Dingmann dished out 19 set assists to lead the team in helpers.

Adrian will be back on the road Thursday when it travels to Hendricks for a 7:30 p.m. nonconference game.

JCC 3, Mankato East 0

MANKATO — Jackson County Central got its season off to a strong start when it dominated Mankato East in a 3-0 nonconference victory.

The Huskies never really left anything in doubt when they took the first set 25-14. The next two sets followed a somewhat similar pattern with JCC earning the sweep after wins of 25-18 and 25-21.

Kaylee Burmeister had a big night all over for the Huskies. The senior led her team with 15 digs and 14 kills, to that she added a 12-for-14 serving night with three aces. She didn’t lead the team in the latter category, however. That was Rachel Johnson, who was 22-for-24 with seven aces.

“She did a great job serving,” JCC coach Teresa VanEpps said.

Johnson also led the team in set assists with 18 while Lacey Wacker added 11.Wacker also had two solo blocks and two block assists.

MCC 3, Canby 1

SLAYTON — It wasn’t easy by any means, but Murray County Central was able to gut out a season-opening win over Canby Monday on its home court.

The Rebels took a 25-22 win in the first set but Canby bounced back and won 25-15 in the second. MCC won a marathon third set 28-26 before finishing it off with a 25-21 win.

Jade Giese nearly notched a triple-double for the Rebels. She had 21 set assists, 14 digs and seven kills. Mallory Loosbrock also had a big night with 21 digs and 11 kills. Rachel Schmitz picked up a team-high 22 digs.

SE St. Mary’s 3, MLA 1

MOUNTAIN LAKE — Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s won two sets by the narrowest of margins Monday as it handed Mountain Lake Area a 3-1 loss.

The Knights took the first set 25-23 but MLA came back with a 25-14 victory to even things up. Unfortunately for the home team, St. Mary’s grabbed wins of 25-16 and 25-23 to clinch it.

Signey Stoesz dished out 14 set assists for MLA. Emily Jahnke ended with eight digs.

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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