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Section 3AA volleyball: Pipestone Area rallies past Worthington

PIPESTONE -- The Trojans proved tenacious, but the Arrows proved themselves resilient. And so it was Pipestone Area which defeated Worthington 3-0 Thursday night to move on in the first round of the Section 3AA volleyball tournament. Scores were ...

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Pipestone Arrows head volleyball coach Jamie Juhl (center) calls a timeout to rally the team as Worthington threatens to win the first game Thursday night in Pipestone. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)

 

PIPESTONE -- The Trojans proved tenacious, but the Arrows proved themselves resilient. And so it was Pipestone Area which defeated Worthington 3-0 Thursday night to move on in the first round of the Section 3AA volleyball tournament.

Scores were 26-24, 25-15 and 25-23.

The key to the match may have occurred near the end of the first game with the Arrows roaring back from a 24-19 deficit. With the score deadlocked at 24, a crosscourt PA spike appeared to land wide. At first it was called good, but one of the side judges thought it was out. After a brief discussion, officials decided the point should be replayed. Pipestone Area won the point and went on to win the game as sophomore April Haupert finished a 6-point serving run.

If the Trojans had gained that point, they may have won the first game.

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After the match, WHS head coach Jessica Hogan didn’t want to engage in what-ifs.

“We didn’t dwell on it,” she said.

Pipestone Area head coach Jamie Juhl said it was important, no matter what, to keep playing hard.

“We know things can go either way, so I told my girls you can’t wait for the officials to make the call for you. So at that point we had to take care of it for ourselves.”

Pipestone Area entered the match as the tournament’s No. 4 seed. Worthington was No. 5.

Strong serving midway through the first game by the Trojans’ Payton Sauerbrei and solid net play by Emma Thuringer and Anneke Weg helped the visitors break out from an 11-11 tie. But behind Haupert’s serving, the Arrows scored the last seven points.

A fine serving run by Logan Winter -- and some exceptional digging by her, too -- produced a lead for the Arrows in the second game. More good serving by Haupert helped PA pull away, and the hosts began the third game loose and confident.

The third game was tight throughout, and tied 23-23 late on a block by Worthington’s Nyamer Diew at the end of a long rally. Pipestone Area scored the next two points, the 25th on a Shelby Bloemendaal ace hit.

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“I was impressed with the offense they ran, and they kind of controlled our offense and defense,” said Juhl about the Trojans. “She (Hogan) knew who to put up in the front row and shut down our hitters.”

“The blocks are the first line of defense,” said Hogan, “and we know how hard Pipestone swings. I think we really did that quite well.”

Thuringer led WHS with three blocks while Diew, Weg and Sophie Wietzema each had two. Thuringer also led the way offensively with seven kills. Diew had five and Weg and Madisyn Huisman each had four.

Sauerbrei was 13-for-15 serving with one ace and eight points, and she also had 17 digs. Weg was 11-for-12 at the line with one ace and seven points. Stephie Bauman was 9-for-10 with an ace and four points.

MacKenzie Haroldson had 13 set assists, seven kills and 19 digs for Pipestone Area. Kayli Borman had 16 set assists, five kills and 12 digs. And Morgyn Carson had eight kills and three digs.

“Very good effort tonight,” said Hogan. “It was one of the best matches of the year in all aspects of the game. We really executed what we wanted to do.”

Hogan commended her seniors (Weg, Thuringer, Cassidy Bruns, Taylor Hastings and Natalie Demuth) for the leadership they demonstrated throughout the season, and she said her underclassmen came a long way.

“A good building block for next year,” she summed up.

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The Worthington Trojans' Emma Thuringer (8) leaps up and spikes the ball through the fingers of Pipestone Area's Abby Baartman (9). (Tim Middagh/The Globe)

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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