Volleyball Roundup: Falcons, Panthers triumph; Minnesota West falls
Section 3A Volleyball RRC 3, MCC 1 LAMBERTON -- It was a big night for Haley Simonson. A senior on Red Rock Central's volleyball team, Simonson helped lead the fourth-seeded Falcons to a narrow victory over fifth-seeded Murray County Central in F...
Section 3A Volleyball RRC 3, MCC 1 LAMBERTON -- It was a big night for Haley Simonson.
A senior on Red Rock Central’s volleyball team, Simonson helped lead the fourth-seeded Falcons to a narrow victory over fifth-seeded Murray County Central in Friday night’s Section 3A match.
She also reached a milestone as she recorded her 1,000th career dig.
The Falcons, which won 25-23, 24-26, 25-21 and 28-16, will play top-seeded Windom Area at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Worthington.
Coming into Friday’s match, Simonson needed six digs to reach the career mark. She finished with 15. She was also 33-for-34 serving with three aces and finished with 21 set assists. Nicole Schroepfer was 12-for-13 serving with two aces to go with a team-high 17 kills and 10 digs for RRC. Bianca Weis was 15-for-15 serving and led the Falcons with 20 digs. Kaitlyn Rindfleisch finished with eight kills, while Karli Arkell had six kills, a solo block and four block assists. Kierra Highby added a solo block and six block assists, while Vanessa Kedl had a solo block and four block assists. Kennedi Janssen finished with 16 set assists, while Stephanie Amsden charted 15 digs.
For MCC, Alyssa Groves had nine kills and six blocks, Shelby Christensen had eight kills and Courtney Schmitz finished with seven kills. Laney Brown tallied 23 digs, while Montana Beckmann had 20. Brianna Schmitz had three ace serves and 17 set assists, while Brown and Beckmann each had two. Danielle Kuball had 12 set assists and Bryn Hoekman had three blocks for the Rebels.
T-M-B 3, SWC 0 TRACY -- Jazlynn Prins had 11 kills and 13 digs for Southwest Christian Friday night, but third-seeded Tracy-Milroy Balaton was too much for the No. 6 Eagles as it recorded a 25-23, 29-27, 25-12 win.
Bella Niemeyer had 11 kills and two ace blocks, while Jessa Nibbelink contributed 12 digs. Maren Nerem had three ace blocks, and Sommer Schaap passed for 25 set assists.
College Volleyball COON RAPIDS -- In a key weekend of volleyball, the Minnesota West Lady Jays started with a sweep over Anoka-Ramsey on Friday night.
Game scores were 26-24, 25-14 and 25-15.
“They played good. They played clean volleyball,” MW head coach Brittany McNab said. “Our serve receive was awesome and Haley (Unke) was able to set up our hitters.”
The Lady Jays travel to St. Cloud Tech today. If they win, they are likely in the playoffs.
“I think they are ready to redeem themselves against St. Cloud,” McNab said. The Cyclones swept MW on Oct. 13 in Worthington.
On Friday, Andrea Hinkeldey finished with 14 kills, 14 digs and three blocks. Kiana Leighty had 11 kills, 21 digs and three blocks. Emily Shaffer had seven kills and eight digs. Unke had 29 set assists, six ace serves and 15 digs. Karlie Christensen had 14 digs for West. Bailey Wagner added three kills.