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Hutchinson cruises past Willmar, 3-0

WILLMAR -- Hutchinson grabbed control early and never let up as the Tigers roared past Willmar 25-19, 25-15, 25-10 in a non-conference volleyball match Thursday.

Both teams came in with a 3-0 record, but it was the Tigers who came out on fire. Hutchinson owned a 24-13 lead in the first game before Willmar went on a 6-0 run to make things interesting.

"They played faster than we could keep up," said Willmar coach Mary Hanson. "They were very focused. We easily get distracted. We have a great fan base, but we need to play like it's our gym. Hutchinson owned the gym tonight."

Laura Carlson paced the Tigers' attack with 13 kills and three ace blocks.

There were two lead changes and four ties early on in the second game, but Hutchinson then went on a 9-0 run to take a commanding 13-4 lead. The Tigers carried the momentum into the third game as they never allowed Willmar to find a rhythm.

Hannah Smith led the Cardinals, who are at the Marshall Invite today and Saturday, with six kills and Emily Nelsen followed with five.

Hutchinson is coach-ed by Raymond graduate Dennis Piechowski.

Hutchinson 3, Willmar 0

Hutchinson 25 25 25

Willmar 19 15 10

(Key: good-attempts-aces)

Hutchinson

Serving (aces): Mandy Polacca 2, Sara Carlson 1, Gladys Bonnema 1, Kayla Tronik 1, Tessa Ewert 1 ... Setting (assists): Polacca 8, Bonnema 20, Katie Maher 3 ... Hitting (kills): Carlson 4, Laura Carlson 13, Allysa Lund 2, Mackenzie Piechowski 8, Miranda Carlson 3, Tronik 7 ... Blocking (aces): L. Carlson 3, Piechowski 1, M. Carlson 1, Tronik 4 ... Digs: L. Carlson 10, Jessa Guggisberg 11, Carissa Hahn 10

Willmar

Serving: Taya Nelson 6-6-1, Annalise Bratt 4-4-0, Kelsey Evans 9-9-1, Hannah Smith 8-10-2, Emily Nelsen 9-9-0, Jennie Mattison 5-5-0 ... Setting: Nelson 14-14-1, Brittney Hastad 1-1-0, Bratt 1-2-0, Evans 3-3-2, Smith 27-28-3, Nelsen 1-2-0, Mattison 39-40-11, Alexandra Lippert 1-1-0, Sara Banks 1-1-0 ... Hitting: Nelson 10-11-3, Bratt 1-2-0, Evans 11-13-1, Smith 12-14-6, Nelsen 22-25-5, Lippert 9-11-2, Jena Thompson 12-15-3, Banks 2-2-1 ... Blocking (aces): Nelson 1, Evans 2, Lippert 1 ... Digs: Nelson 3, Hastad 3, Bratt 14, Evans 4, Smith 2, Nelsen 1, Brianna Johnson 1

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