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Prep Volleyball: Martin County West clips BOLD in Section 2A final

BOLD’s Andrea Maher (9) and Kiah Morse (11) stretch but can’t reject a swat by Kate Thiesse of Martin County West in Game 1 of the Section 2A final Saturday at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter. Backing up the play for BOLD is Mallarie Steffel. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

ST. PETER — The BOLD Warriors offense seemed disconnected and by the end of the evening Saturday the defense was powerless as Martin County West laid claim to the Section 2A championship 25-22, 21-15, 25-21 and 25-10.

It was the second straight year that the Mavericks took out BOLD in the section final.

The Warriors got off to a fine start at Lund Center on the Gustavus Adolphus campus leading Game 1 22-19. The Mavericks scored the next six points to go up 1-0.

BOLD came from behind in Game 2 to win by the same 25-22 score, but from then on the Mavericks dominated.

In both Games 3 and 4, the Sherburn high school would jump out to 10-2 leads. BOLD made a nice run in Game 3, getting as close as 23-21, but long comebacks allow little margin for errors and miscues.

By Game 4 the defense was being caught flat-footed as all the momentum swung to Mavericks, who won the Valley Conference title with a 10-0 record.

Coach Leigh Snow’s Warriors (19-9) were playing in the section final a third straight year, winning the first-place trophy at St. Peter in 2011.

“It’s been great coaching these girls,” Snow said.

The Mavericks (26-6), under third-year coach Mary Sussenguth, will play No. 3 seed Southwest Minnesota Christian at 3 p.m. in the first round of the state tournament Thursday at the Xcel Center in St. Paul. Fillmore Central is No. 1 and Minneota No. 2.

Baylie Kubesh and Carly Sigurdson each managed 9 kills, but the Mavericks’ defense also forced the BOLD leaders into a combined 18 errors.

Martin County West 3, BOLD 1

BOLD (19-9)        22  25  21  10

MCW (26-6)        25  21  25  25

(Key: good-attempts-aces)


Serving: Baylie Kubesh 10-10-1, Paige Larsen 20-20-3, Carly Sigurdson 11-11-1, Mallarie Steffel 16-16-1, Andrea Maher 10-10-1, Bailey Elbert 4-4-0, Allison Krause 7-8-0 … Set assists: Kubesh 10, Larsen 2, Sigurdson 2, Krause 11 … Hitting: Kubesh 43-53-9, Larsen 10-11-0, Sigurdson 28-36-9, Maher 17-22-3, Kiah Morse 9-10-1, Krause 5-7-0, Whitney Haney 1-1-0 … Blocking (aces): Kubesh 6, Larsen 2, Sigurdson 1, Maher 1, Morse 4 … Digs (5 or more): Kubesh 10, Larsen 18, Sigurdson 32, Steffel 24, Maher 4, Elbert 11, Morse 3, Krause 11

Martin County West

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Rand Middleton
Tribune photographer/videographer. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime news/sports beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 
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