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Willmar shares CLC title with Alexandria

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LITTLE FALLS -- Willmar clinched a share of the Central Lakes Conference title Tuesday night, sweeping Little Falls 25-19, 25-11, 25-18.

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Willmar won the Central Lakes title outright last season and has earned at least a tie in three of the last four seasons.

Alexandria beat Sartell 24-26, 25-20, 29-27, 23-25, 15-8 to tie Willmar for the title this season, each with 12-1 records. Willmar and Alexandria split the season series, each winning at home.

Willmar struggled with its serving against Little Falls, but had a stellar attacking night, led by seniors Mary Sussenguth and Laura Nielsen. Sussenguth was 28-for-28 with 17 kills for a .607 kill percentage and Nielsen 20-for-20 with 12 kills for a .600 kill percentage. Sussenguth also had four ace blocks.

Kelsey Hanson notched 31 assists and Jenna Olson and Greta King had eight digs each.

"When we passed well, out attacking was outstanding," said Willmar coach Mary Hanson. "But we didn't always pass well and out serving was terrible."

Willmar got off to a slow starter against Little Falls, which is winless in the conference this season. The Cardinals led only 16-15 at one point in the first game before taking off.

Stacy Kallies had five kills for Little Falls.

Willmar 3, Little Falls 0

Willmar (12-1, 21-2) 25 25 25

Little Falls (0-12, 4-21) 19 11 18

(Key: good-attempts-aces)

Willmar

Serving: Kelsey Hanson 12-13-2, Chelsea Vreeman 16-17-1, Greta King 17-18-1, Laura Nielsen 6-8-0, Mary Sussenguth 6-7-0, Nina Emery 8-10-2 .... Setting: Hanson 60-60-31, King 4-4-1, Emery 1-1-0 .... Hitting: Hanson 8-11-2, King 11-12-2, Jamie Wilson 9-9-1, Nielsen 20-20-12, Sussenguth 28-28-17, Emery 3-4-1 .... Blocking (aces): Hanson 2, Nielsen 2, Sussenguth 4, Emery1 ... Digs: Hanson 5, Megan Brown 2, Jenna Olson 8, Vreeman 4, King 8, Nielsen 1, Randiann Sather 2, Sussenguth 6 ,Wilson 2, Emery 1

Little Falls

Serving: Danielle Harms 11-11-0, Liz Schultz 9-9-1, Stacy Kallis 5-6-1 .... Setting (assists): Brittany Dobmeier 11 .... Hitting (kills): Kallis 5, Harms 2, Kayla Atkinson 2, Schultz 2, Brittany Dorn 1, Melissa Monnier 1 .... Blocking (aces): Schultz 2, Harms 1, Monnier 1, Dobmeier 1 ... Digs: Kallis 7, Dobmeier 5, Vanessa Grams 5, Harms 4

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