Marshall ousts WHS volleyball team in section play

The Worthington Trojans volleyball season came to an end Wednesday night in Marshall.

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MARSHALL -- The Worthington High School volleyball team had a winning record heading into Wednesday's Section 2AAA tournament. Inexplicably to some, the Trojans were seeded eighth and had to play top-seeded Marshall in the first round. Though they fought hard, the Trojans were beaten by the Tigers -- who are also ranked No. 1 in the state -- in straight sets.

Scores were 25-10, 25-13 and 25-14.

"We battled hard and had some great moments, but credit to Marshall as they kept the pressure on us all night," said Worthington head coach Jessica Hogan. "We had a great season and a lot to be proud of."

WHS finished the year with a 15-15 record.

In Wednesday's match, Tarren Spartz had nine kills and three digs, and was 4-for-5 serving with one point. Brooklyn Scheitel-Taylor had three kills and three blocks. Ellie Weg had two kills and four blocks and was 5-for-7 serving with three points and an ace.


Addison Gerber had 13 set assists for the Trojans and put nine of 11 serves in play for five points and one ace.

Worthington started strong, scoring the first two points of the first set, but Marshall rallied to lead 10-5 and continued its momentum to the end.

In the second set, Marshall got the strong start, leading 15-6 at one point. Worthington, however, fought back to come within 19-13 before the Tigers scored six straight points on the way to victory.

The third set was a back-and-forth affair early. Worthington led 3-2 in the early-going.

Worthington will graduate a solid group of seniors from the team: Olivia Hayenga, Elizabeth Hibma, Karissa Maxwell, Brooklyn Scheitel-Taylor and Adiyam Gebremedhin. But a strong nucleus returns for next year, led by excellent hitters Spartz, Weg and Madison Beckmann, plus top setter Gerber and the versatile Kamryn Spartz.

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