Morris/CA, Litchfield to tangle with 3AA-North volleyball title
MORRIS — Morris/Chokio-Alberta volleyball juggernaut is rumbling smoothly after a convincing win over Montevideo in the Section 3AA-North playoffs on Tuesday.
The Tigers downed the Thunder Hawks 25-8, 25-21 and 25-19.
Top-seed Morris/CA moves on to play No. 2-seed Litchfield at 7 p.m. Thursday at New London-Spicer High School. Litchfield earned its spot in the subsection final with a 3-1 win over NLS on Tuesday.
MCA's Brooke Gillespie led the team with 11 kills and Jenna Howden had 10.
Karly Fehr had 26 set assists, a pair of ace serves, three solo blocks and seven digs. Howden also had two blocks and Ashley Solvie had six kills.
Montevideo's Abby Olson had nine kills and six digs, and Kamren Saue and Sarah Sulflow combined for 22 set assists.
Morris/CA 3, Montevideo 0
Montevideo............................ 8 21 19
Morris/CA.............................. 25 25 25
Serving (aces): Abby Olson 1, Molly Reeves 1, Sarah Sulflow 1, Ashley McKee 1 ... Set assists: Kamren Saue 12, Sulflow 10 ... Hitting (kills): Olson 9, Reeves 4, Kami Ochsendorf 3, Jessica Tastad 4, McKee 3 ... Blocking (aces): Reeves 1, Tastad 2, McKee 4, Kaylee Glomstad 2 ... Digs (5 or more): Olivia Hagen 5, Reeves 9, Olson 6
Serving (aces): Karly Fehr 2, Ashley Solvie 2, Koral Tolifson 1, Riley Decker 1 ... Set assists: Karly Fehr 26 ... Hitting (kills): Brooke Gillespie 11, Karly Fehr 3, Jenna Howden 10, Ashley Solvie 6, Jenna Larsen 1, Nicole Solvie 2 ... Blocking (aces): Karly Fehr 3, Howden 2, A. Solvie 1, Larsen 1 ... Digs (5 or more): Gillespie 6, Karly Fehr 7, Decker 9
Litchfield 3, NLS 1
Hallie Euerle had 18 kills, Macy Huhner added 15 and the Dragons ended New London-Spicer's season.
Brynne Wahl had a team-high four service aces for the Dragons, who won the fourth set 25-10 after the Wildcats played them tight in the first three.
The Wildcats close the year 13-16. They did not provide stats for the match.
New London-Spicer............................ 20 25 19 10
Litchfield.............................. 25 17 25 25
Stats not provided.
Serving (aces): Brynne Wahl 4, Kyndra Beaves 3, Macy Huhner 1, Kassie King 1... Set assists: NA ... Hitting (kills): Hallie Euerle 18, Huhner 15, Jasmin Estrada 9, Ashley Sangren 3, Maddy Larson 1... Blocking (aces): Estrada 3, Sangren 2, Larson 2, Huhner 2, Euerle 1... Digs (5 or more): NA
CM/C 3, BOLD 1
A 25-13 third-set win helped Cedar Mountain/Comfrey end the Warriors' season.
Makenna Steffel had 13 kills, 12 assists and 16 digs, while Makayla Snow had 18 assists, 13 kills and 16 digs in the loss.
The Warriors finish the season 15-10.
BOLD............................ 23 25 13 19
Cedar Mt./Comfrey.............................. 25 21 25 25
Serving (aces): Elsa Skeie 1, Makayla Snow 1... Set assists: Snow 18, Steffel 12... Hitting (kills): Steffel 13, Snow 10, Taylor Sagedahl 8... Blocking (aces): Steffel 3, Skeie 3, Morgan Schmitz 1, Morgan Fennern 1... Digs (5 or more): Skeie 31, Sagedahl 21, Snow 16, Steffel 16
Stats not provided
KMS 3, Browerville 0
Sam Gjerde had 26 assists and seven service aces and the Saints continued to flourish in her return from injury.
Gjerde set up kills for Tori Everson and Alex Walsh, who had 13 and 10 respectively.
KMS faces Kimball in the subsection final at 6 p.m. Thursday at Little Falls High School.
KMS............................ 25 25 25
Browerville.............................. 22 15 20
Serving (aces): Sam Gjerde 7, Katie Krieger 1, Tori Everson 1, Halie Nichols 1... Set assists: Gjerde 26, Haylee Johnson 1... Hitting (kills): Everson 13, Alex Walsh 10, Molly Jeppesen 3, Lexi Lamecker 2, Johnson 2... Blocking (aces): Walsh 1, Jeppesen 1... Digs (5 or more): Krieger 10, Everson 7, Nichols 6, Gjerde 6, Morgan Lesteberg 6, Lamecker 5
Stats not provided
Ridgewater opens region play
The Ridgewater volleyball team, ranked No. 3 in NJCAA Division III, opens Region 13A tournament play against No. 4 seed St. Cloud Technical (18-10) at 6 p.m. Friday at Ridgewater College.
Ridgewater, the 13A top seed, is 22-5. No. 3 Rochester plays No. 2 M State-Fergus Falls at 8 p.m. Friday at Ridgewater.
The winners play at noon Saturday for a berth in the NJCAA Division III national tournament.
In Region 13B, No. 4 Mesabi Range (15-14) plays No. 1 Central Lakes (19-11) at 6 p.m. Friday at Central Lakes in Brainerd.
No. 3 Itasca (17-12) plays No. 2 Rainy River (19-11) at 8 p.m. The semifinals winners also meet at noon Saturday and the winner also gets a spot in the national tournament.
The national championships are Nov. 11-12 at the UCR Regional Sports Center in Rochester, Minnesota.
The Region 13 teams will be the last to fill out the eight-team national tournament field. Harper (Ill., 41-1), the top-ranked team in NJCAA Division III, has earned a spot in the national, as has No. 4 Eastfield (Tex., 24-4) and No. 8 Northampton (Penn., 30-1).
Unranked Jefferson (N.Y., 30-9), Queensborough (N.Y., 26-1) and Columbus State (Ohio, 15-9) also have qualified. In addition to No. 3 Ridgewater, Central Lakes (No. 7) and Rainy River (No. 10) are among the top 10 teams in NJCAA Division III.
Willmar third in WC South
The Willmar High School prep bowling team placed third in the West Central Conference South Division with a 6-9 record in match play.
Alexandria was first with a 15-0 mark and Yellow Medicine East was second at 12-3. Benson, also 6-9, was fourth followed by New London-Spicer and Ortonville, both 3-12.
Willmar's roster includes junior Jaeden Palmer, sophomore Evan Pallansch and seventh-graders Marisa Peterson, Hannah Molash and Kera Palmer. Chuck Loso is head coach and Matt Palmer is assistant coach.
Conference playoffs are next week at Granite Falls. Alexandria and YME get first-round byes and Willmar takes on Benson and NLS plays Ortonville.
Alexandria plays the NLS-Ortonville winner and the Willmar-Benson winner plays YME. The semifinal winners meet for the championship.
The conference champion qualifies for the state championship Dec. 3 at Memory Lanes in Minneapolis. The conference runner-up plays in the MQT tournament in St. Cloud, with the top two teams in the 24-team MQT field also then qualifying for the state tournament.
Hole-in-one for Hanson
Dale Hanson of Willmar carded an ace at the Little Crow Country Club on Oct. 12.
Hanson recorded his hole-in-one on the Oaks Course's 135-yard No. 3 hole.