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Willmar hitter Leah Ruter tips a shot over the outstretched arms of Mankato West’s Krista Goerger and Halle Hughes during a non-conference match on Monday at Willmar High School. Tribune photo by Tom Larson

Prep volleyball: Willmar falls to Mankato West

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Prep volleyball: Willmar falls to Mankato West
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

WILLMAR — The Willmar volleyball team was up against a strong Mankato West team on Monday on the Cardinals’ home court and didn’t play the kind of volleyball that could result in an upset.

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After dropping game one, the Scarlets rallied to defeat Willmar 20-25, 25-19, 25-22 and 25-17.

Mankato West has won 15 straight matches and is 16-1 overall. The Cards are 7-4 overall.

“They had some big hitters and we didn’t play very good defense,” said Cardinals head coach Traci Grussing. “We didn’t play a whole lot like a team and I think got a little intimidated by their hitters.”

Willmar’s Leah Ruter led the team with 14 kills and she also had an ace block.

Dani Rosen had 11 kills and a block, and McKenzie Hastad and Cami Sletta both had 6 kills.

Cardinals setter Riley Grussing finished with 40 set assists and she also served 6 aces. Grussing also had 8 digs. Jennie Magnuson put away 4 kills and had an ace block, and Allie Roehl served 2 aces and had 13 digs.

The Cardinals again play at hom today against Sartell at 7 p.m.

Mankato West 3, Willmar 1

Mankato West (16-1)........20 25 25 25

Willmar (7-4)........25 19 22 17

(Key: good-attempts-aces)

Mankato West

Statistics not available

Willmar

Serving: Allie Roehl 16-16-2, Ashlie Skonard 16-16-0, McKenzie Hastad 8-8-1, Leah Ruter 11-12-0, Riley Grussing 14-16-6, Jamie Reyes 6-8-1, Addie Erickson 7-7-0 … Set assists: Grussing 95-96-40 … Hitting: Hastad 19-24-6, Ruter 27-33-14, Jennie Magnuson 8-9-4, Cami Sletta 11-17-6, Dani Rosen 18-21-11 … Blocking (aces): Ruter 1, Magnuson 1, Rosen 3 … Digs (5 or more): Roehl 13, Grussing 8

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