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Local Roundup: Ridgewater volleyball takes care of business

College of St. Scholastica setter Espi Austvold, left, a New London-Spicer graduate, sets a ball during the Saints' Oct. 3 match at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

WILLMAR — Winning wasn't going to be the question for the Ridgewater volleyball team on Wednesday in its MCAC matchup with Anoka-Ramsey.

How the Warriors played would be, and they answered it to head coach Joe Sussenguth's liking.

Ridgewater hit .413 with just six hitting errors in 75 attacks and throttled the winless Rams 25-8, 25-11 and 25-11 to remain atop the Southern Division standings with just two matches to play.

Ridgewater (21-7 overall) are 11-2 in the division and entered the night with a half-game lead on St. Cloud Technical. The teams split two regular-season matches.

The Warriors play at Riverland (3-9, 3-20) on Friday and at Rochester (8-3, 14-13) to end the regular season on Saturday. Winning out would ensure Ridgewater a home match in the upcoming Region 13A playoffs on Nov. 3-4.

"With the Southern Division standings as they are, this was a match we needed to be disciplined and focus on our pace and tempo," Sussenguth said. "From the first point to last, we established and maintained what we needed to do on our side. We opened up our offense to routes we don't normally run and our passers enabled us to do that. Our court movement was fluid and we didn't get caught up in slow rallies."

Cami Sletta led the Warriors with 11 kills and fellow former Willmar Cardinal teammate Heidi Sellmann had eight kills.

Sarah Sulflow and Jessica Lemke split 30 set assists and Sellmann had one solo block and two block assists. Lemke and Sletta both served three aces and Jamie Goblirsch had a team-high 16 digs.

"If our effort and energy continues on our road trip this weekend," Sussenguth said, "this won't be the last match we play at home."

Ridgewater 3, A-R 0

Anoka-Ramsey (0-14, 0-27) 8 11 11

Ridgewater (11-2, 21-7) 25 25 25

Anoka-Ramsey

Stats not available

Ridgewater

Serving (aces): Staci Banks 1, Jessica Lemke 3, Kiana Johnson 1, Cami Sletta 3, Kallee Anderson 1 ... Set assists: Lemke 15, Sarah Sulflow 15 ... Hitting (kills): Taryn Reinke 4, Heidi Sellmann 8, Katelyn Dingmann 5, Hannah Gallagher 1, Brennah Bergh 1, Johnson 2, Sletta 11, Anderson 4, Ashley Vealetzek 2 ... Blocking (aces): Sellmann 1, Anderson 1 ... Digs (5 or more): Jamie Goblirsch 16, Johnson 7

College Volleyball

Austvold earns UMAC honor

Former New London-Spicer volleyball player Espi Austvold was one of three St. Scholastica athletes named Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Players of the Week last week.

Austvold, a sophomore from Spicer, was the UMAC's Volleyball Setter of the Week. Austvold is the first CSS volleyball player to be named a player of the week this season.

She averaged 9.79 assists per set and totaled 137 assists in three matches last week. She recorded a career-high 58 assists in a victory over Hamline University on Oct. 17. She also had six service aces and averaged 2.36 digs per set during the week.

Youth Wrestling

The Willmar High School Wrestling team will host free youth wrestling clinics on Oct. 30 through Nov. 2.

The camp is open to all youths in grades K-5 interested in trying the sport.

The camp is two days at Roosevelt Elementary and then two days at Kennedy Elementary. The camp is 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.

Tom Larson

Tom Larson is the sports editor of the West Central Tribune.

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