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Volleyball: JCC tips HL-O; Southwest tops Worthington


EDGERTON — Southwest Minnesota Christian came out on fire Tuesday in its season opener against Worthington. And while the Trojans picked it up as the match went along, the outset was a struggle.

The Eagles took the first set 25-8. Worthington kept it tighter in the next two, but fell 25-18 and 25-20 to fall victim to a nonconference sweep.

“We came out strong,” said SWC head coach Brian Busker. “We showed nice energy in front. They had some trouble passing at the beginning and that allowed us to get out to a bit of a lead. But, they got better as the game night went on and they just kept coming back on us. We started to have some trouble serving but we held on and got the win.”

It was a team effort for SWC as Ann Pater and Tianna Top led the way at the net with seven kills each. Pater and Hope Veldkamp led the team in digs with five apiece. Sydney Esselink was the one feeding the hitters as she finished with 20 set assists. Samantha Van’t Hof and Savannah Tinklenburg had six and five services aces, respectively.

Senior libero Allison Kremer led the Trojans with eight digs while Betsy Thompson finished with seven set assists. Junior Emma Gerber was 9-for-10 serving with two aces and four kills.

JCC 3, HL-O 1

OKABENA — Two strong area teams duked it out as the Jackson County Central Huskies defeated the Wildcats of Heron Lake-Okabena in four sets.

JCC took the opening set with ease by a score of 25-12. HL-O bounced back and took the second set 25-20. JCC came right back, taking the next two sets by scores of 25-12 and 25-19, respectively.

Kaylee Burmeister led JCC with 18 kills, five blocks and nine digs. Sydney Nyborg added 11 kills to go with nine digs, three blocks and two aces. Rachel Johnson went 21-for-21 serving with an ace and also totaled 17 assists. Lacey Wacker added five aces and 16 assists. Abby Benson led the Huskies in blocks with seven.

Courtney Place had a big night for HL-O, racking up 22 kills, 15 digs and four blocks. Andrea Hinkeldey had 10 kills to go with 11 assists. Rachel Mathias also recorded 10 kills. Hailey Schumacher and Brooke Freking each contributed 16 set assists. Freking was also 10-for-11 serving with one ace.

Minneota 3, MCC 0

MINNEOTA — Murray County Central was overpowered by Minneota, as the Rebels dropped the match in three sets. The Vikings took the first by a score of 25-14. In a closer second set the Vikings prevailed 25-19 and rode that momentum to take the third set 25-14.

Mallory Loosbrock led the way offensively for MCC. Loosbrock recorded six kills on 29 total attacks. Jade Giese and Sierra Van Iperen each added three kills for the Rebels.

Loosbrock also added two service aces, seven digs, and two solo blocks.

Van Iperen led in digs with 11, and Giese added 10.

RRC 3, Wabasso 1

LAMBERTON — The Red Rock Central Falcons looked to be in command as they took the first two sets from the Wabasso Rabbits by scored of 25-11 and 25-14, respectively. But the Rabbits came alive and took the third set 25-14. Wabasso’s rally, however, would fall short. The Falcons took an exciting fourth set in extra points by a score of 27-25.

Mikaela Smith was 16-16 serving and was setting up her teammates left and right as she recorded 29 assists. Olivia Bittner was 16-for-18 serving with three aces and six kills. Rachel Kedl was 17-for-19 serving with two aces and 11 kills.

Edgerton 3, Ellsworth 0

ELLSWORTH — The Flying Dutchmen of Edgerton led all the way as they took down the Ellsworth Panthers in straight sets.

Mia Wassink led Edgerton with 16 assists. Mandie Peterson went 19-for-20 serving with five aces.

Ellsworth was led by Brenna Kramer who went 10-for-10 serving with two aces.

T-M-B 3, W-WG 0

WESTBROOK — Tracy-Milroy-Balaton got its season off to a strong start Tuesday when it took a three-set road sweep over Westbrook-Walnut Grove.

The Panthers established their dominance right away with a 25-12 win in the first set. The Chargers fought hard in the second but T-M-B was able to sneak away with a 25-22 win before finishing the night at 25-15.

Sophomore setter Gabbie Gervais had a big night as she handed out 31 set assists. Sara Stoneberg led the team at the net with eight kills with Kendra Ludeman and Sammie Gervais checking in at seven and six, respectively. Anna Peterson added six digs to lead the team. Sydney Lanoue and Peterson were both perfect on their serves.

Elizabeth Woelber, Payton Determan and Mariah Olson had strong serving nights for W-WG. Olson added five kills, which registered as a team high. Emma Woelber scooped up 12 digs with Abby Herding turning in 22 set assists.

Luverne 3, H-BC 1

HILLS — Luverne picked up its first win of the season Tuesday when it rebounded from a first set loss against nonconference foe Hills-Beaver Creek.

The Patriots came out on a mission, winning the first set 25-22. The Cardinals came back to knot it at a game each with a 25-22 win in the second set before the third set appeared to be headed H-BC’s way. Senior Hattie Van Wyhe served the home team to a 9-0 lead, but Luverne came back to take a 25-20 win. It used that momentum to close the night with a 25-16 triumph for a 3-1 win.

Tayla Peterson and Nicole Kneip led the Cards on a strong serving night when they both dropped in seven aces. Ariel DeBeer had a nearly perfect night setting, committing just one error on 92 attempts while taking credit for 20 set assists. Peterson led the way in the kills department with seven while Hailey Remme and Lexi Rust had six each. Remme added four solo blocks while Rust and Makayla Sterrett had 11 and 10 digs, respectively.

Van Wyhe had a strong night all-round for the Patriots, according to first-year coach Susan Bork. She had 10 digs and seven service aces.

Pipestone Area 3, R-T-R 0

TYLER — Pipestone Area showed that it is going to be a force in the area landscape this fall with a dominant three-set win over Russell-Tyler-Ruthton Tuesday.

The Arrows took the first set 25-13 before nearly mirroring that with a 25-14 victory in the second. R-T-R showed a little bit more in the third set, but Pipestone Area still walked away with a 25-22 win.

Kaiya Alderson had 11 blocks and 11 kills to lead the Arrows at the net. Bianca Claussen had 17 digs to lead the defense.