Local Roundup: Warrior volleyball 2-2 at DuPage tourney
DuPAGE, Ill. - The Ridgewater volleyball team competes annually in the College of DuPage's Chaparral Invite to get a feel for where the Warriors stand among the elite of NJCAA Division III.
This year was no different and the youthful Warriors know they have work ahead of them.
The Warriors, ranked No. 2 in the Division III preseason poll, won two matches but also lost in three sets against No. 1-ranked Harper. Ridgewater also lost to No. 5 Madison on Friday.
"This tournament allowed to see what our strengths and weaknesses are at this point of the season," said Warriors head coach Joe Sussenguth. "There were moments that we competed very well and moments we left opportunities on the table. At times, our offense was very fluid and we were able to do whatever we wanted to. However, there were times our service and serve receive weren't at a collegiate level."
Harper set the Warriors down 25-17, 25-22, 25-18. Ridgewater had a .175 kill percentage compared to Harper's .330. Harper limited the Warriors to 11 fewer attacks and 15 fewer kills.
Cami Sletta had seven kills and Ashley Froelich had six. Kallee Anderson had the team's only two solo blocks and Jessica Lemke had 18 set assists.
In a 3-1 win over Rock Valley on Saturday, Ridgewater's Katelyn Dingmann had 13 kills, Sletta had 11 and Anderson had eight. Lemke had 27 assists and Sarah Sulflow had 19.
The Warriors, 2-0 in the MCAC and 7-2 overall, play Minnesota State-Fergus Falls at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The Spartans pose another test: M-State was 27-4 last season and was the No. 7-ranked team in the Division III preseason poll.
"We need to make the commitment to return to practice and invest in areas that we need to improve in," Sussenguth said.
Ridgewater 3, Rock Valley 1
Ridgewater (7-2) 25 15 25 25
Rock Valley 10 25 21 22
Serving (aces): Jamie Golirsch 1, Kiana Johnson 2, Cami Sletta 2 ... Set assists: Sarah Sulflow 19, Jessica Lemke 27 ... Hitting (kills): Sulflow 1, Heidi Sellmann 6, Katelyn Dingmann 13, Ashley Froelich 7, Johnson 6, Sletta 11, Kallee Anderson 8 ... Blocking (aces): Sellmann 1, Dingmann 2 ... Digs (5 or more): Goblirsch 19, Pingel 14, Johnson 14
Statistics not available
Harper 3, Ridgewater 0
Ridgewater 17 22 18
Harper 25 25 25
Serving (aces): Jamie Goblirsch 2, Kiana Johnson 1, Cami Sletta 3 ... Set assists: Sarah Sulflow 10, Jessica Lemke 18 ... Hitting (kills): Heidi Sellmann 2, Katelyn Dingmann 4, Hannah Gallagher 1, Ashley Froelich 6, Kiana Johnson 4, Sletta 7, Kallee Anderson 4 ... Blocking (aces): Anderson 2 ... Digs (5 or more): Goblirsch 21, Lemke 6, Johnson 11
Serving (aces): Breanna Cullen 2, Gabby Fugle 2 ... Set assists: Emily Huprich 40 ... Hitting (kills): Ellie Burzlaff 15 ... Blocking (aces): Sarah Udoni 2 ... Digs (5 or more): Cullen 14, Ariana Chelini 8
Madison 3, Ridgewater 1
Madison College handed Ridgewater the team's first loss of the season in a competitive four-set match.
The Warriors won the second set and just fell short 25-22 and 25-23 in the last two sets.
Jessica Lemke finished with 34 set assists as hitters Kiana Johnson and Cami Sletta finished with 16 and 15 kills, respectively.
"We came here to get challenged and we received that today," said Ridgewater head coach Joe Sussenguth. "I'm pleased with how we competed and fought in both matches. We need to shore up some communication challenges and pass better in serve receive to compete at the level we want to play."
Madison (7-2) 25 22 25 25
Ridgewater (6-1) 17 25 22 23
Stats not provided
Serving (aces): Jamie Goblirsch 5, Sadie Pingel 1, Heidi Sellmann 1, Kiana Johnson 1, Kallee Anderson 1 ... Set assists: Sarah Sulflow 14, Goblirsch 2, Jessica Lemke 34, Kallee Anderson 1 ... Hitting (kills): Goblirsch 1, Lemke 1, Sellmann 6, Katelyn Dingmann 2, Ashley Froelich 6, Brennah Bergh 6, Johnson 16, Cami Sletta 15, Anderson 1 ... Blocking (aces): Sellmann 1, Froelich 2, Sletta 2 ... Digs (5 or more): Goblirsch 23, Pingel 12, Lemke 11, Johnson 8
Ridgewater 3, DuPage 1
Ridgewater took it to their hosts with a convincing win. The Warriors closed out the game 25-10 in the final set.
Cami Sletta led the way for the Warriors with 11 service aces and 11 kills. Jessica Lemke was often in control of the passing game with 30 set assists.
Ridgewater (6-0) 25 25 22 25
DuPage (5-3) 14 19 25 10
Serving (aces): Goblirsch 4, Bergh 1, Sletta 11 ... Set assists: Sulflow 9, Goblirsch 1, Lemke 30 ... Hitting (kills): Lemke 1, Sellmann 7, Dingmann 9, Froelich 2, Bergh 2, Johnson 10, Sletta 11, Anderson 2 ... Blocking (aces): Sletta 1, Anderson 1 ... Digs (5 or more): Goblirsch 20, Lemke 13, Bergh 17
Stats not provided
Faribault 7, Raymond 1
Raymond's run to another Class C amateur baseball championship ended in a loss to Faribault on Saturday in Norwood.
Faribault's Matt Lane worked a complete game, striking out 11, to get the win, and he also had two hits and drove in two runs.
Raymond's Tyler Steen had two hits and drove in Calvin Kosminskas with the Rockets' lone run in the third inning. Justin Koenen also had two hits and Eric Hulterstrum and Kosminskas had the Rockets' other hits.
Despite the Rockets' departure, local talent was still making an impact on the tournament.
Lake Henry, comprised mainly of former Paynesville players, defeated Faribault 3-2 on Saturday night, then defeated New Prague 4-2 in the state semifinals on Sunday.
Former Willmar prep star Patrick Courtney, a Lake Henry draftee from New London-Spicer, factored into those two victories.
Courtney worked six innings in relief against Faribault, allowing only one hit and striking out three to get the win.
Courtney got another win over New Prague, starting and working six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out four and not issuing a walk.
In Lake Henry's opener, Courtney pitched 2-2/3 innings, allowing a hit and striking out one.
In Monday's championship game, the Lakers lost 6-4 to Kimball on Scott Marquardt's two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Raymond 001 000 000-1 6 3
Faribault 100 101 04x-7 9 1
Hitting - Raymond: Justin Koenen 2-4, Tyler Steen 2-4 rbi, Eric Hulterstrum 1-4, Calvin Kosminskas 1-3 r ... Faribault: Matt Lane 2-4 2b rbi-2, Christian VonRuden 1-3 rbi r-2
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Raymond: Alex Lothammer (L) 5-5-3-3-4-9, Cole Christianson 2.2-4-4-0-1-3, Kosminskas 0.1-0-0-0-0-1 ... Faribault: Lane (W) 9-6-1-1-2-11
Ridgewater 13, Fond du Lac 6
John McClure returned a punt 39 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown and the Ridgewater football team opened the 2017 season with a victory on Saturday in Superior, Wis.
Fond du Lac rushed for 266 yards but the Warriors limited them to minus-1 passing yard.
After falling behind by a score, the Warriors quarterback Carl Borleis hit Kelvin Willis on a 10-yard scoring play that tied the game in the second quarter.
Ridgewater's Jawanza Watson also intercepted a pass and the Warriors recovered three FDL fumbles.
Carl Borleis completed 10 passes for 88 yards and Gabe Walker picked up 21 yards and nine carries.
The Warriors play their home-opener against Itasca at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Hodapp Field.
Ridgewater (1-0) 0 6 0 7 — 13
Fond du Lac (0-1) 6 0 0 0 — 6
F - Lorine Parker 4 run (kick blocked)
R - Kelvin Willis 10 pass from Carl Borleis (kick blocked)
R - John McClure 39 punt return (Brody Mlach kick)
First downs: NA ... Penalties: NA ... Rushing (Individual and team): Gabe Walker 9-21, Carl Borleis 7-11, Jeremiah Thomas 2-10, Marshawn Gordon 1-9, Kelvin Randle 1-6, Demetrius Harrison 3-1. 23-58 ... Passing (Individual and team): Borleis 10-28-88-1 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Randle 3-42, Kelvin Willis 3-35, Gordon 1-10, Harrison 1-1 ... Interceptions: Jawanza Watson 1 ... Fumble recoveries: 3 ... Tackles (solo-assist): Josh Allen 4-3, Rashawn Grant 2-5, Levi Bannister 3-3, Watson 3-3, Isaac Mortenson 3-3
Fond du Lac
First downs: NA ... Penalties: NA ... Rushing (Individual and team): Lorine Parker 29-198, John Ballows 7-34. 66-266 ... Passing (Individual and team): Eric Grant 1-5-(-1)-1 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Will Smith 1-(-1) ... Tackles (solo-assist): Jeff Andrews 5-0, Christopher Fitzpatrick 5-0
Sauk Centre 7, BBE 0
Sauk Centre won six matches and another by injury forfeit against BBE on Friday.
(1) Melissa Zimmerman, S, def. Morgan Meyer 6-2 6-1 (2) Maria Jennissen, S, def. Mallory Bents 6-1 6-2 (3) Emily Primus, S, def. Sarah Schmitz 6-4 6-2 (4) Abbey Olson, S, def. Paige Prentice 6-2 6-2
(1) Hannah Meckros/Erica Middendorf, S, def. Amanda Feldman/Kim Terhaar 6-1 6-2 (2) Gabby Tschida/Savanna Marthaler, S, def. Kylie Terhaar/Chandler TeBrake by forfeit (3) Natalie Berndt/Alexis Tate, S, def. Olivia Thieschafer/Kenzie Thieschafer 6-0 6-0