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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Willmar senior Tia Erickson, right, who had 7 kills, hits in Game 2 while Kaelyn Angell of St. Cloud Tech defends Thursday in Willmar.

Prep volleyball: Tech extends Willmar slump

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WILLMAR — St. Cloud Tech outplayed the Willmar Cardinals on Thursday night, handing the Cardinals their fourth straight Central Lakes setback.

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The Cardinals led Game 1 20-18 but the Tigers took 7 of the next 8 points. Willmar came back nicely in Game 2 to win by four points, but Tech ruled the rest of the way 25-14, 25-18.

It was “Dig Pink Night,” a fundraiser for the Willmar Cancer Center with many fans, especially the student section, wearing pink.

The two teams were near tied in the standings going in but Tech (6-4, 7-9) now is in fourth place while Willmar drops back to fifth at 4-6 and 11-10-1.

Leah Ruter led Willmar at the net with 14 kills followed by Dani Rosen with 9 and Tia Erickson and Jennie Magnuson 7 apiece.

Junior setter Riley Grussing got career assist 2000 in Game 1 as she extended her school record with 37 helpers..

SC Tech 3, Willmar 1

SC Tech (6-4, 7-9)              25  21 25  25

Willmar (4-6, 11-10-1)      21  25 14  18

(Key: good-attempts-aces)

Willmar

Serving: Addie Erickson 6-8-0, Allie Roehl 10-10-1, Ashlie Skonard 10-13-2, Cami Sletta 4-5-2, Emily Chermak 3-3-0, Jamie Reyes 7-8-0, Leah Ruter 15-16-1, Riley Grussing 12-15-2 … Set assists: Grussing 37 … Hitting: Roehl 3-3-0, Sletta 5-7-3, Dani Rosen 13-19-9, Leah Ruter 33-44-14, Riley Grussing 4-4-1, Jennie Magnuson 9-11-7, Sarah Smith 2-2-0, Miranda Roelofs 1-1-0, Tia Erickson 12-18-7 … Blocking (aces): Rosen 2, T. Erickson 2 … Digs (5 or more): Roehl 6, Skonard 6, Grussing 7

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