WORTHINGTON -- After a fast start to Tuesday’s high school volleyball match against Pipestone Area, the Worthington Trojans were unable to close the deal at the local gym. Big South Conference rival Pipestone Area overcame a loss in the first set to prevail in five.
Scores were 19-25, 25-22, 25-16, 23-25, 15-9.
The Trojans got into their offense early and served well at the start of the first set, but the Arrows’ offense was more prolific in the middle and at the end.
The visitors led 4-1 and 8-2 in the fifth and deciding set, forcing the Trojans to fight back. The Trojans were unable to fight all the way back, however. A key point for PA came at the conclusion of a long rally as Caiden Smidt scored an ace hit for a 12-7 lead. Maintaining a better rhythm offensively, the Arrows stayed in front and finished the job as a WHS hit went long for the 15th point.
It was a different situation in the first set. A key five-point serving run by Stephie Bauman -- aided by a powerful ace hit by Sophie Wietzema and another ace hit by Jolsie Miller -- handed WHS a 15-8 advantage. Pipestone Area came back to trail by just two, 19-17, but Tarren Spartz reeled off four serving points (an Olivia Hayenga ace hit was the 24th point), and the final point came on a long PA serve.
The Arrows rallied in games two and three, showing solid defensive play at the net and a more consistent bump-set-spike game. The Arrows also made several near-miraculous saves which resulted in points for themselves.
Worthington, however, showed impressive resilience to overcome an early fourth-game deficit, leading at one point by a 17-10 score. Pipestone Area came back to take the lead 23-21 on a Kayla Hubbling ace hit. But Wietzema, who delivered many big points for the home team, broke back with an ace hit (23-22) and Hayenga scored three service points for the rest as a Miller block accounted for the 25th point.
Wietzema finished with six ace blocks and 12 kills. Spartz led the locals with 15 kills and Hayenga had 10. Spartz also had 11 digs and Karissa Maxwell had eight.
Bauman was 22-for-22 serving with two aces and 13 points. Wietzema was 15-for-16 with two aces and seven points. And Brianna Veen was 14-for-15 with six points.
Bauman had 40 set assists.
“I was really proud of our fight and our perseverance. We showed a lot of heart tonight in a tough match,” said Trojans head coach Jessica Hogan.
A/E 3, H-BC 0
HILLS -- Adrian/Ellsworth got the jump on Hills-Beaver Creek Tuesday night, winning on scores of 25-13, 25-10, 25-12.
Mayssa Tweet had 18 digs and served at 100 percent. Maddie Wagner also served at 100 percent, and teammate Marissa Lehnhoff was 14-for-16 with six aces. Brianna Reckamp was 21-for-23 with one ace.
Reckamp had 15 digs and Wagner had six solo and six assist blocks.
Shawna Rogers was credited with 14 set assists and Lehnhoff had 12.
Edgerton 3, MCC 2
EDGERTON -- In five sets, host Edgerton Public edged Murray County Central 10-25, 25-22, 25-21, 23-25, 15-8.
For MCC, Brynn Graphenteen and Camdyn Kluis had five service aces apiece. Kluis also had 10 attack kills.
Kylie Frisk had 29 digs and Graphenteen had 29 set assists.