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Adrian grad Tweet helps GAC JV trump Minnesota West in volleyball

“We have a very competitive team, so it really makes me want to get better. … And it’s fun to play with my sister again. We practice together. Everything is mixed in. We live (sharing a house) together, so she’s been a great role model for me.”

Minnesota West right side hitter Dannyn Peterson (1) intercepts a shot from Briar Cliff JV and sets up Kennedy Buckneberg to make a return Monday in Worthington.
Minnesota West right side hitter Dannyn Peterson (1) intercepts a shot from Briar Cliff JV and sets up Kennedy Buckneberg to make a return Monday in Worthington.
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WORTHINGTON -- Mayssa Tweet loves the college life at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter.

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And why not? She gets to be reunited with her older sister Kacie. They live together, play volleyball together, and look up to each other together.

“I really love college,” Mayssa said Monday night after helping her GAC junior varsity team to a three-set 25-21, 25-23, 26-24 victory over the Minnesota West Lady Jays at the Center for Health and Wellness in Worthington. “We have a very competitive team, so it really makes me want to get better. … And it’s fun to play with my sister again. We practice together. Everything is mixed in. We live (sharing a house) together, so she’s been a great role model for me.”

Minnesota West head coach Brittney McNab watches as Kennedy Buckneberg (20) spikes the ball during a match with Gustavus Adolphus College Monday afternoon in Worthington.
Minnesota West head coach Brittney McNab watches as Kennedy Buckneberg (20) spikes the ball against Briar Cliff JV Monday.
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When the two of them played volleyball together at Adrian High School, they each considered the other one their biggest role model. And at Gustavus, though Mayssa devotes much of her on-court time with the Golden Gusties’ JV team, they also see court time together on varsity when Mayssa provides help as a defensive specialist and as a server.

In Monday’s match with Minnesota West, the younger Tweet -- though she’ll almost always be the smallest player on the court at 5-2 -- played big with several key serves and many more impressive digs. She’s a dynamo who covers the court like a blanket, doing it not only with quickness but with exceptional anticipation.

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Minnesota West Lady Jays Sophie Larson (6) celebrates a point  during a match with Gustavus Adolphus College Monday afternoon in Worthington.
Minnesota West Lady Jays Sophie Larson (6) celebrates a point.

Playing college volleyball, Mayssa said, pushes her to want to improve. It’s different than high school because the competition is keener.

But that’s a good thing, she said.

“It’s not just given. But it’s fun, because everybody is there for the same reason.”

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WORTHINGTON – The Worthington Trojans came into its second home game of the 2022-23 season Tuesday night needing to find results on offense. The Trojans showed great progress as they netted four goals against the Waseca Bluejays.

Monday’s Minnesota West event involved three teams. In a 3:30 p.m. match, the Lady Jays played Briar Cliff JV and lost in three sets, 22-25, 15-25 and 17-25. In a Saturday match against nationally-ranked MState-Fergus Falls, the Jays were outstanding though they lost in five sets. Against Briar Cliff, head coach Brittney McNab said her squad made too many “silly mistakes.”

The Jays played a good match against Gustavus in the 7 p.m. match, but not good enough.

“The first set we had five missed serves and two missed free balls. We just had a rough start. And then we had to keep climbing back,” McNab explained.

Minnesota West was on its heels for most of the first game and struggled to get on top of the ball offensively.

The second game was tight right to the end. Tweet served for a key point to give her outfit a 23-21 lead, but West’s Jaenid Torres served for two points to knot the score 23-23.

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In the third game, West led 3-0. Gustavus Adolphus finally pulled even at 10-10, then its power began to show as it pulled out to a 15-12 lead. West’s Kiarra Danielson’s ace block tied it 17-17 and an ace Sophie Larson serve put MW ahead 18-17. A short serving run by teammate Dannyn Peterson put the Jays firmly in command, 22-18, but the Gusties bounced back. Tweet scored the last two points on serves.

Doug Wolter joined the Worthington Globe in December of 1983 as a sports reporter. He later became sports editor, and then news editor and managing editor. In 2006 he moved to Mankato with his wife, Sandy, and served as an editor at the Mankato Free Press. In 2013 he and Sandy returned to Worthington to take up the job of sports editor at The Globe, and they have been in Worthington since.

Doug can be reached at dwolter@dglobe.com.
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