JACKSON -- The Jackson County Central Huskies were well aware that the Worthington Trojans beat Windom Area in five games on Tuesday night. So for Thursday’s match against the Trojans on Thursday, they were ready.
“We decided to play our game and play together as a team, no matter how good the other team is,” said junior outside hitter Sadie Voss. “They have a good team, they have a lot of good blockers, and they’re scrappy as a team. They did real good to beat Windom, ‘cuz Windom is always a good team.”
Jackson County Central is a good team, too. And the Huskies proved it again Thursday night in their own gymnasium with a three-set victory. Scores were 25-16, 25-6, 25-15.
The win upped the Huskies’ record to 3-1.
Worthington, which played a gutty, determined brand of volleyball to thwart the Eagles in Worthington, was unable to package a winning combination on the road. The Trojans’ strong net play didn’t carry over into Jackson, but the Huskies showed plenty of grit and panache at the net themselves.
“We had big blocks. That kind of gets in their head,” Voss said.
Voss finished with 16 kills for the night. Rachel Anderson added six kills and Alicia Brandt four for a JCC team that came at the Trojans from all angles.
“We just couldn’t get a lot of things going tonight,” said WHS head coach Jessica Hogan. “We tried to get a few runs going, but JCC played real crisp.”
Jackson County Central coach Deidre Wierson said her team wasn’t about to take Worthington lightly.
“We played ‘em last year. I do remember how strong they were as a defensive team and as a blocking team, as well. So we were definitely talking about that,” she said.
Worthington scored the first point of the first game, but JCC reeled off the next seven. When the Trojans finally broke the Huskies’ serve, they missed on their serve and the Huskies scored three more points. Worthington showed some life on a Stephie Bauman ace serve that trimmed JCC’s lead to 20-14, but the home team took over from there.
Again in the second game, Worthington scored first. But JCC soon took over with Brandt maintaining a threatening presence at the net and the Trojans showing inconsistencies in their offensive attack.Tarren Spartz gave WHS its best opportunity to score points from the left front side, but it was hard to get through the JCC defense.
A Sophie Wietzema spike kill gave WHS a 1-0 lead to start the third game, and an Olivia Hayenga ace serve made it 2-0. But again, the Huskies took over.
Spartz finished with four kills for Worthington, while teammates Ellie Weg had three, and Hayenga and Wietzema two apiece. Spartz also had four digs. Bauman, who had 11 set assists, was 7-for-7 serving with an ace. Brianna Veen was 7-for-8 serving with an ace.
Voss had eight digs and one ace serve to go along with her 16 kills. Brandt had two blocks and put 11 of 12 serves in play. Regan Farmer, who had 11 digs, was 14-for-16 serving with two aces. Megan Gallagher, who had 11 set assists, was 13-for-16 on the service line with two aces. Grace Brinkman added 15 set assists and three digs.