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Volleyball: CMCS turns back BLH

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Willmar, 56201

Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

NEW ULM - After a sluggish first game, Central Minnesota Christian found the holes in the Buffalo Lake-Hector defense and advanced to the Section 2A final with a 17-25, 27-25, 25-11, 25-15 win in the 2A-North final Thursday at Marting Luther College.

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"We started out a little bit slow; we didn't pass very well," said Bluejays coach Traci Grussing.

But as Game 2 got going, CMCS started going after everyone else but All-Area hitter Leah Ashburn. The Bluejays trailed 23-21, but the Mustangs committed three serving errors and CMCS won 27-25.

"We started to pick on their shorter blockers," Grussing said. "Instead of running to the middle with Ashburn we tried to go over shorter blockers."

Hillary Slagter led the Bluejays with 19 kills, followed by Beth Bulthuis with 15. Tara Frikke recorded seven ace blocks, Kresson Vreeman served five aces and had 46 set assists and Becky Schwitters added 14 digs.

Ashburn had 22 kills and six ace blocks for the Mustangs. Sam Broderius had 21 set assists.

CMCS 3, BL-Hector 1

BL-Hector (18-12)...................25 25 11 15

CMCS (25-5)...........................17 27 25 25

Buffalo Lake-Hector

Serving: Sam Broderius 16-17-0, Leah Ashburn 7-10-0, Missy Deal 14-14-0, Vanessa Fangmeier 6-9-1, Kara Peterson 16-16-1, Kasey Peterson 6-9-1, Brittany Peterson 1-2-0, Karissa Stromley 1-1-0 .... Setting: Broderius 69-74-21, Ashburn 4-4-0, Deal 2-2-1, Tiffany Larson 3-3-1 .... Hitting: Broderius 1-2-1, Ashburn 37-39-22, Fangmeier 9-9-3, Larson 6-7-3, Kasey Peterson 14-18-5 .... Blocking (aces): Broderius 1, Ashburn 6, Deal 3, Fangmeier 1, Kasey Peterson 4 ... Digs: Ashburn 4, Kara Peterson 2, Kasey Peterson 1, B. Peterson 1

Central Minnesota Christian

Serving: Kresson Vreeman 28-28-5, Jenny Blom 15-15-0, Tara Frikke 15-18-2, Hillary Slagter 10-12-0, Mariah Gulbranson 10-11-1, Beth Bulthuis 8-9-0 .... Setting: Vreeman 113-116-46 .... Hitting: Vreeman 8-9-2, Slagter 41-44-19, Bulthuis 36-44-15, Blom 17-19-5, Frikke 8-10-4 .... Blocking (aces): Slagter 3, Blom 2, Frikke 7 ... Digs: Becky Schwitters 14, Blom 10, Slagter 10, Mulder 8

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