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Willmar takes St. Cloud Apollo in four

Willmar middle hitter Emily Minnick (4) and outside hitter Lindsey Atchison just miss a block on a shot by St. Cloud Apollo hitter Hannah Kalla in a Central Lakes Conference match Thursday night at Willmar High School. Tribune photo by Tom Larson1 / 2
Willmar middle hitter Katie Lippert (5) sneaks a shot through the hands of St. Cloud Apollo's Hannah Kalla, with the Cardinals' Riley?Grussing ready to jump into the play during a Central Lakes Conference match Thursday at Willmar High School. Tribune photo by Tom Larson2 / 2

WILLMAR -- Emily Minnick slugged 19 kills, Katie Lippert another 18 and Lindsey Atchison 11 more to guide Willmar past St. Cloud Apollo 25-12, 25-20, 23-25, 25-20 Thursday in a Central Lakes Conference match.

The Cardinals (6-4, 9-8) nearly rallied in the third game to collect a sweep, but Willmar rebounded after the close loss to take out the Eagles (2-8, 9-11) in Game 4.

"Emily, Katie and Lindsey hit the ball well tonight," said Willmar coach Terrin DeBoer. "We passed well and St. Cloud Apollo couldn't control our offense."

Willmar committed just 14 hitting errors as a team with Minnick, Lippert and Atchison going a combined 84-for-94 to hammer away their 48 kills. Addy Nelsen added 6 kills.

Riley Grussing nearly had half of her sets go for assists as she finished with 52 assists in 120 attempts.

A solid defense also sparked the Cardinals as Casey Marcus piled up 19 digs while Atchison and Nelsen each had 12 more.

"We played very good defense and that kept us in the match," added DeBoer.

Grussing added 2 ace serves and Minnick also had 2 ace blocks for Willmar, which is off until next Thursday when it hosts CLC rival Alexandria.

Willmar 3, SC Apollo 1

SC Apollo (2-8, 9-11) 12 20 25 20

Willmar (6-4, 9-8) 25 25 23 25

(Key: good-attempts-aces)

St. Cloud Apollo

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Serving: Casey Marcus 10-11-1, Addy Nelsen 7-7-0, Emily Minnick 17-19-0, Katie Bohlsen 4-6-0, Laura Swartz 20-22-1, Riley Grussing 14-14-2, Lindsey Atchison 17-17-1 ... Setting: Grussing 119-120-52 ... Hitting: Nelsen 22-26-6, Minnick 31-34-19, Katie Lippert 27-30-18, Swartz 3-4-1, Grussing 8-8-3, McKenzie Hastad 9-11-3, Atchison 26-30-11 ... Blocking (aces): Minnick 2, Lippert 1, Hastad 1, Atchison 1 ... Digs: Marcus 19, Nelsen 12, Bohlsen 4, Swartz 8, Atchison 12, Grussing 3