MARSHALL -- With a sweep over Southwest Star Concept Thursday night in Marshall, the Windom Eagles' volleyball team is one victory away from making a state tournament appearance. Windom (28-2) will face Minneota, who defeated Renville County West in four games, Saturday night at Southwest Minnesota State University. Game time is slated for 7 p.m., with the winner advancing to the state tournament. "I'm really excited," Casey Christensen said. "We came out excited to play and we're looking forward to Saturday.
WORTHINGTON -- With two more victories needed to qualify for the state volleyball tournament, Windom, Southwest Star Concept and Pipestone Area take to the court tonight to try and keep its state hopes alive. Windom will face SSC tonight in Marshall at 8 p.m., while PA will travel to Redwood Falls to face Marshall at 6 p.m. The Eagles (27-2) advanced to tonight's game with a four-game victory over Murray County Central Tuesday night, while the Quasars (21-7) defeated Southwest Christian in four games to earn a spot in tonight's match.
LUVERNE -- With each match needing four games, the Windom Eagles and the Southwest Star Concept Quasars were each victorious in the sub-section 3A south volleyball tournament Tuesday night. After MCC (17-10) defeated Windom 25-20 in the first game of the first match, the Eagles recovered with three consecutive victories, 25-16, 25-12, 25-14 to claim the victory. In the second match of the night, SSC won the first two games, 25-15, 27-25, before Southwest Christian (17-6) came back with a 25-17 victory in Game 3.
LUVERNE -- After accounting for two touchdowns and more than half of Luverne's total offense, it's no wonder that Phil Paquette was worn down following Luverne's 22-19 victory over Minnesota Valley Lutheran Saturday. "I can't even describe it," Paquette said following the game. "I was just beat up, and everyone's beat up.
PIPESTONE -- Even after a close first game, the Marshall Tigers swept the Worthington Trojans in the Section 3AA volleyball tournament Friday night. Marshall (20-6) won the first game, 25-20, before taking the second, 25-11. The Tigers won the third game, 25-12 to complete the sweep of the Trojans. "We started a little slow, but once we got going, we thought we did a nice job of establishing the middle," Marshall head coach Dan Westby said. Marshall middle hitter Anna Full proved to be an almost unstoppable force for the Tigers.
WORTHINGTON -- Even after a sweep at the hands of Southwest Star Concept to end the regular season, the Worthington Trojan volleyball team is prepared for the opening-round of the section 3AA playoffs. "That was just ugly with a capital U," Worthington head coach Jen Clark said of the SSC match. "I think it was good for us, too. I think if it was going to happen, that was a good time for it to happen. We knew SSC was going to be tough, but we did not come ready to play." However, the road will not be easy for the Trojans (17-8).
LUVERNE -- Even with four costly fumbles, the Luverne Cardinals advanced to the semifinal round of the Section 3AA football playoffs with a 27-6 victory over Martin County West Tuesday night. "We turned the ball over four times, so we played pretty sloppy," Luverne quarterback Jeremy Hoff said.
LUVERNE -- The 12th seeded Ellsworth Panthers gave the sixth seeded Fulda Raiders all they could handle Monday night in the opening round of the sub-section 3A tournament. Fulda, however, swept the Panthers in a tightly-contested match. "It was a good match," Fulda head coach Jessica Hogan said. "We started out kind of sluggish, but then we found our rhythm there towards the end of Game 1." After winning the first game, 25-22, Fulda (14-8-2) used a big run to capture Game 2, 25-13.
OKABENA -- In the last regular season match for both teams, the Southwest Star Concept Quasars defeated the Worthington Trojans in a non-conference volleyball tilt Thursday night. SSC (19-7) won the first game, 25-17, before dominating the next two, 25-10, and 25-12. "It was definitely not what I had anticipated for this evening," Worthington head coach Jen Clark said.
WORTHINGTON -- With neither team able to move the ball early in the first quarter, Jackson County Central faced a fourth-and-three on its own 34-yard line. Instead of snapping to the punter, upback Torey Stewart received the ball and scampered for a first down. "It looked like they were going to return every kick we had back anyway," JCC head coach Tom Schuller said. "So the risk wasn't as big as you think. We had about three yards to go, and we figured against the wind we'd kick it 25 yards.