ST. CLOUD — St. Cloud Technical rebounded from a near-disastrous loss in the third set to win the fourth and defeat Ridgewater 3-1 in an MCAC match on Wednesday.
Ridgewater lost two tight sets to open the match but recovered to win the third 25-8. But St. Cloud righted its ship and closed out the match 25-18 in the fourth set.
The Warriors lost for the first time in four MCAC matches and are 8-3 overall. SCT is 3-0 in the MCAC and 9-2 overall.
The Warriors strong hitting game wasn't evident against SCT. Ridgewater committed 15 hitting errors and hit just .193. Serve receiving and passing also were lacking, said head coach Joe Sussenguth.
"I strongly believe that we have one of the strongest attacks at our level," Sussenguth said. "We've beat teams when we didn't serve receive and pass our best, but that wasn't the case tonight. If this team commits to a greater investment in the serve receive process, the dividends are going to be tremendous."
Heidi Sellmann led the Warriors with seven kills on just 10 total attacks. Cami Sletta had a team-best nine kills but also made six errors.
Ashley Froelich had six kills, Jessica Lemke and Sarah Sulflow combined for 31 set assists and Sellmann and Kiana Johnson both had two solo blocks.
"I felt that our approach to at points in the match was immature, not the business-like approach that we talked about this week," Sussenguth said. "There is no time to hang our heads, we have a big challenge ahead of us this weekend (in the Ridgewater Invitational), and we'll need to shore things up in a short amount of time."
SCT 3, Ridgewater 1
Ridgewater (3-1 MCAC, 8-3) 24 23 25 18
SC Technical (3-0 MCAC, 9-2) 26 25 8 25
Serving (aces): Jamie Goblirsch 1, Heidi Sellmann 3, Katelyn Dingmann 1, Kiana Johnson 2, Cami Sletta 2 ... Set assists: Jessica Lemke 20, Sarah Sulflow 11 ... Hitting (kills): Sletta 9, Sellmann 7, Dingmann 2, Ashley Froelich 6, Brennah Bergh 2, Johnson 6, Kallee Anderson 1, Ashley Vealetzek 3 ... Blocking (aces): Sellmann 2, Johnson 2 ... Digs (5 or more): Goblirsch 16, Lemke 9, Dingmann 6, Bergh 5, Johnson 10, Sletta 5
St. Cloud Technical
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DC 3, Paynesville 0
Paynesville played Dassel-Cokato tough but fell in three sets on Tuesday.
Paynesville 23 20 24
Dassel-Cokato 25 25 26
Serving (aces): Molly Stang 2, Jenna Lundquist 2, Skylar Bayer 1 ... Set assists: Stang 18, Lundquist 11 ... Hitting (kills): Stang 2, Lundquist 1, Bayer 5, Brynn Johnson 2, Jacquelyn Hoeft 1, Abby Schaefer 7, Ashley Ley 3, Skylar Burg 4 ... Blocking (aces): Johnson 1 ... Digs (5 or more): Stang 10, Lundquist 7, Bayer 13, Olivia Riley 22, Schaefer 13, Burg 5
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Jacobson edged in Mid-Am
Trent Peterson shot a 2-under 69 and edged Eagle Creek's Andy Jacobson by one stroke in the 30th MGA Mid-Amateur tournament on Wednesday at Southview Country Club in St. Paul.
Peterson, of Valleywood Golf Club, recovered from a first-day 74 to shoot 5-under the final two rounds and finish at 211.
Jacobson shot 1-under the first day and finished with par-71s the final two days to finish at 212.
Jesse Bull, of Golden Valley Golf and Country Club, led after two rounds but shot 73 on Wednesday and finished third at 213.
Eagle Creek's Danny Anderson shot a 2-under 69 on Wednesday to finish tied for 11th at 218. Eagle Creek's Matt Gorens shot 230 and tied for 37th.
WCC bowling begins
Six high school bowling teams from the area begin West Central Conference play this weekend at the Alley on Ash Lanes in New London.
Teams from Willmar, New London-Spicer, Benson, Yellow Medicine East, Alexandria and Ortonville begin a six-weekend match play competition on Saturday, with the conference finals set for Nov. 4.
The Willmar team is comprised of Jaden Palmer, Kera Palmer, Evan Pallansch, Marisa Peterson, Hannah Molash, Chris Franzwa, Kadin Brabender, head coach Chuck Loso and assistant coach Matt Palmer.
Willmar is practicing and will host matches in New London after the Kandi Entertainment Center closed last week.