Prep Volley: Cards calm 'Cats
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
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