HL-O/F tops JCC volleyball team in five; MCC wins
Tuesday night high school sports roundup:
Heron Lake Okabena/Fulda 3, Jackson 2
OKABENA -- In a battle between two of the area’s top high school volleyball teams, Heron Lake Okabena/Fulda defeated Jackson County Central in five sets. HLO/F had lots of good tipping and JCC, said Huskies coach Deidre Wierson, was inconsistent with too many errors.
Scores were 25-17, 22-25, 25-23, 16-25, 15-9.
The Coyotes had a struggle on their hands when one of their top players, Marissa Becker succumbed to an ankle injury in the first set while HL-O/F led 18-10.
"Irish Hollahan had to jump in from the sidelines and, overall, the team stepped up to finish that first set without dropping our lead," said HL-O/F head coach Trista Rhubee. "In the second set we were battling adversity and ultimately we missed seven serves and could not build any momentum."
Emily Rasche changed out of the libero jersey and into a regular jersey for HL-O/F and the Coyotes continued to battle. Rhubee credited superb defense and aggressive serving for helping her team win the third set. JCC won the fourth set as Emma Haren stepped up for the Huskies. HL-O/F got some big serves from Rasche and Marenna Bang, plus three timely kills and a solo block from Sam Untiedt in the deciding set.
"This team continues to impress me with their resilience and teamwork. They battled through adversity and demonstrated perseverance in the face of a tough opponent. I couldn't be more proud of the entire team," Rhubee said.
Untiedt finished the match with 11 digs, 13 kills and 11 set assists. Anna Fest had four assisted blocks and one solo. Rasche was 15-for-18 serving with four aces, and she also had 15 digs. Lili Nelson was 20-f0r-23 serving with four aces. Maddie Schumacher had seven kills and Bang had 19 set assists.
Haren went 13 for 20 from the service line for JCC and had 16 kills and 13 digs. Her teammate, Macy Farmer, went 14-for-16 with four ace serves and seven digs. Andrea Benson had 11 kills.
Martin County Central 3, Dawson-Boyd 1
SLAYTON -- Martin County Central Katie Slettum served up 22 points, four aces, 10 kills and 19 combined assists to help the Rebels win against Dawson-Boyd in four sets.
Scores 25-19, 20-25, 25-19, 25-18.
Celena Riley had 10 points and 4 ace serves for MCC.