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Tech outlasts Willmar, 3-2
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

WILLMAR -- Twenty ace serves, 12 ace blocks and Emily Nelsen's 21 kills weren't enough for Willmar as St. Cloud Tech stunned the Cardinals 25-19, 15-25, 25-21, 18-25, 16-14 in a Central Lakes Conference match Tuesday.

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Mental errors down the stretch cost Willmar (7-3, 12-9) an opportunity to snap a two-match losing streak in CLC play.

"We made poor decisions at the end," said Willmar coach Mary Hanson. "We played nervous and that cost us points."

The Cardinals owned the lead for the majority of the fifth game as Nelsen collected four kills to help Willmar owned a 13-9 lead at one point. But the Cardinals committed four hitting errors down the stretch to help the Tigers (5-5, 10-9) even their CLC record. St. Cloud Tech was fueled by Megan Loesch's 21 kills.

Willmar went to Nelsen time after time and the senior didn't disappoint. Nelsen made only eight errors in 58 attacks and also had 15 digs.

"Emily had the best match of her career," said Hanson. "She stepped up, but they blocked pretty well and shut down our other options."

Kelsey Evans followed with 10 kills while Hannah Smith piled up eight ace serves, seven kills and 19 digs, as did Evans, for Willmar. Evans, Alex Lippert and Jena Thompson had four ace blocks each.

The Cardinals host Fergus Falls on Thursday in their final home match of the regular season.

SC Tech 3, Willmar 2

SC Tech 25 15 25 18 16

Willmar 19 25 21 25 14

(Key: good-attempts-aces)

St. Cloud Tech

Serving (aces): Vanessa Vosen 2, Brittany Krenik 1, Hannah Laudenbach 1, Kaylee Martin 1 ... Setting (assists): Martin 17, Megan Loesch 9 ... Hitting (kills): Jacque Olson 5, Krenik 6, Emily Broman 7, Loesch 21 ... Blocking (aces): Krenik 1, Broman 2, Stephanie Strandberg 1 ... Digs: Vosen 14, Olson 15, Loesch 9, Laudenbach 21

Willmar

Serving: Brittney Hastad 15-17-3, Annalise Bratt 17-17-2, Kelsey Evans 16-17-1, Hannah Smith 23-24-8, Emily Nelsen 8-11-2, Jennie Mattison 16-18-4 ... Setting: Hastad 3-3-0, Bratt 4-4-0, Evans 9-10-3, Smith 65-67-13, Nelsen 7-7-2, Mattison 62-63-21, Alex Lippert 6-6-0, Jena Thompson 3-3-1, Lindsey Atchison 1-1-0 ... Hitting: Bratt 5-8-1, Evans 25-31-10, Smith 22-26-7, Nelsen 50-58-21, Mattison 3-4-3, Brianna Johnson 6-7-1, Lippert 14-18-3, Thompson 17-23-3 ... Blocking (aces): Evans 4, Lippert 4, Thompson 4 ... Digs: Hastad 14, Bratt 15, Evans 19, Smith 19, Nelsen 15, Mattison 8, Johnson 1, Lippert 1, Thompson 7

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