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Prep Volley: Cards calm 'Cats

Willmar's Esther Grussing sets the ball for a teammate on Monday night against New London-Spicer. Curt Hogg / Tribune1 / 9
The "Red Sea", Willmar's student section, cheers during a volleyball game against New London-Spicer on Monday. Curt Hogg / Tribune2 / 9
Willmar's Hannah Kobeinia goes up for a kill in front of the Cardinals student section on Monday against New London-Spicer. Curt Hogg / Tribune3 / 9
New London-Spicer's Paige Olson lays out to keep the ball alive on Monday night against Willmar. Curt Hogg / Tribune4 / 9
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Willmar celebrates a point in a match against New London-Spicer on Monday night. Curt Hogg / Tribune6 / 9
Willmar's Abby Volk prepares to take a swing against New London-Spicer on Monday. Curt Hogg / Tribune7 / 9
The Willmar tandem of Esther Grussing (left) and Grace Marti combine for a block of New London-Spicer's Kendra Bagley on Monday night. Curt Hogg / Tribune8 / 9
Willmar's Abby Volk watches as her spike travels past the New London-Spicer defense for a kill on Monday night. Curt Hogg / Tribune9 / 9

WILLMAR — For the Willmar volleyball team on Monday night, it was an all-hands-on-deck effort. In addition to that, it was also a winning one.

The Cardinals received contributions from top to bottom on their roster en route to a victory in three sets over New London-Spicer at Willmar High School.

The match was played in front of a large crowd on "Dig Pink" night to support breast cancer awareness.

Nine different Cardinals recorded a kill on the night, led by Abby Volk's 11. Setter Esther Grussing was once again at the center of the Willmar offense, assisting on 38 of the Cardinals' 75 points.

"Everybody played and contributed, so that was nice," Willmar head coach Traci Grussing said. "I wanted to see how the first two sets went and then rotate things around."

Willmar won the first two sets with relative ease, claiming 25-16 and 25-11 victories, respectively.

The Wildcats brought the pressure in the third set, leading by as many as seven points in the early going. Behind the service of Grussing, who finished with a match-high four aces, the Cardinals rattled off an 11-1 run to claim control and eventually put NLS away.

Kendra Bagley had a team-high six kills for the Wildcats.

Willmar 3, NLS 0

NLS 16 11 20

Willmar 25 25 25

New London-Spicer

Serving (aces): Emily Novak 2, Kendra Bagley 1, Paige Olson 1, Payton Mages 1 ... Set assists: Ashton Engelke 1, P. Olson 11 ... Hitting (kills): Ashlyn Olson 4, Engelke 1, Bagley 6, Mages 3 ... Blocking (aces): Miah Larson 1, Mages 1 ... Digs (5 or more): Mages 7


Serving (aces): Abby Stark 3, Caitlin Ogdahl 2, Cambrie Parker 1, Emma Rosen 1, Esther Grussing 4, Josie Muller 1 ... Set assists: Grussing 38 ... Hitting (kills): Abby Volk 11, Ogdahl 5, Carly Wedel 6, Reagan Bos 2, Emma Rosen 3, Grussing 3, Sydney Olson 4, Grace Marti 6, Hannah Kobienia 5... Blocking (aces): Bos 2, Grussing 3, Olson 2, Marti 5 ... Digs (5 or more): Stark 6, Grussing 5

Curt Hogg

Curt Hogg is a sports reporter at the West Central Tribune in Willmar, Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016. 

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