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Local Roundup: Willmar, MCA VB teams close in on titles

WILLMAR — Willmar's volleyball team moved one step closer to a Central Lakes Conference title with a 3-1 victory over Fergus Falls.

Esther Grussing logged 38 set assists to help the Cardinals keep the lead in the conference. If Willmar wins their regular season finale against St. Cloud Apollo they will wrap up the title. A loss and Sauk Rapids win would result in a tie.

The Cardinals were proficient on both sides of the net, finishing with 47 team kills and 19 solo blocks. Abby Volk, Grace Marti and Carly Wedel each finished with four solo blocks. Wedel also led the Cardinals with 13 kills.

Willmar 3, Fergus Falls 1

Fergus Falls (9-12) 12 25 11 21

Willmar (18-4) 25 22 25 25

Fergus Falls

Stats not provided

Willmar

Serving (aces): Abby Stark 4, Caitlin Ogdahl 3, Callie Slagter 1, Cambrie Parker 1 ... Set assists: Esther Grussing 38, Stark 4 ... Hitting (kills): Abby Volk 7, Ogdahl 7, Carly Wedel 13, Emma Rosen 1, Grussing 2, Grace Marti 8, Hannah Kobienia 2, Reagan Bos 1, Sydney Olson 6 ... Blocking (aces): Volk 4, Marti 4, Wedel 4, Olson 2, Ogdahl 2, Grussing 3 ... Digs (5 or more): Stark 10, Grussing 11, Ogdahl 5, Parker 6

Morris/CA 3, Sauk Centre 2

Karly Fehr has etched her name in the Morris/CA record books many times. On Thursday night, she wrote her name in the state record books.

She collected 62 set assists, the fourth-most in the state history, in a 3-2 victory over West Central Conference foe Sauk Centre.

"I've never seen anybody get that many," Morris/CA head coach Kristi Fehr said. "We had a lot of volleys that went back and forth and the matches were all very close. She got the ball to our hitters and distributed the ball well."

Teammate Jenna Howden reaped many of the benefits of Fehr's passing, slamming home 30 kills, another school record.

Bailey Marty (27 digs) and Riley Decker (39 digs) were stalwarts in the back row, keeping the Tigers in the match with their serve receive and 66 combined digs.

"Bailey had a great night offensively and defensively," Kristi Fehr said of her hitter's 14 kills. "We were able to get the ball in play with our defense. We had a lot of girls close to double digit digs. It was a nice rounded match. Both teams made mistakes and we were able to just put it away at the end. Believe it or not, we played a little flat tonight but we found holes in the defense. When some of our go-to girls struggled a bit, others were able to step up and we're going to need to do that come tournament time."

Tournament time is fast approaching as the Tigers look to wrap up the West Central Conference title against Minnewaska Tuesday.

Sauk Centre (21-7) 23 21 25 25 12

Morris/CA (18-5) 25 25 18 22 15

Sauk Centre

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Morris/CA

Serving (aces): Kenzie Hockel 1, Jenna Howden 1 ... Set assists: Karly Fehr 62 ... Hitting (kills): Bailey Marty 14, Fehr 2, Hockel 4, Howden 30, Jenna Larson 10, Lexi Pew 9 ... Blocking (aces): Fehr 1, Howden 1, Pew 1 ... Digs (5 or more): Marty 27, Fehr 19, Hockel 6, Howden 6, Larson 9, Riley Decker 39

Melrose 3, Minnewaska 0

Minnewaska battled in the first set with Melrose but dropped the last two sets as well.

Makiya Luetmer tallied 29 set assists for the Dutch and had three hitters finish with nine kills each.

Melrose (19-4) 26 25 25

Minnewaska (4-18) 24 9 5

Melrose

Serving (aces): Cassie Klaphake 2, Kelsey Fleischhacker 1, Mia Meyer 1 ... Set assists: Makiya Luetmer 29 ... Hitting (kills): Courtney Gerads 9, Meyer 9, Mashaye Tschida 9 ... Blocking (aces): Gerads 1, Meyer 1 ... Digs (5 or more): Fleischhacker 10, Klaphake 7

Minnewaska

Serving (aces): none ... Set assists: Jessica Lanoue 1, Kelsey Johnson 6, Sara Geiser 3, Sydney Metz 1 ... Hitting (kills): Ellie Danielson 5, Lanoue 1, Geiser 1, Alexis Piekarski 1 ... Blocking (aces): Sierra Lindemann 2, Danielson 3, Emma Thorfinnson 1, Madisen Hall 2, Piekarski 1 ... Digs (5 or more): Danielson 12, Lanoue 8, Johnson 6, Thorfinnson 8, Bailey Stewart 13

ACGC 3, Benson 0

ACGC's Rylie Wilner had 13 kills, Addison Bernstein had nine kills and two service aces and Rachel Wilner had 18 set assists in a West Central Conference win over the Braves on Thursday.

Benson's Lizzie Staton had a team-high 10 kills and Claire Ricard had nine kills. Courtney McNeill and Mariah Ahrndt combined for 18 set assists.

Benson (6-17) 19 24 18

ACGC (5-14) 25 26 25

Benson

Serving (aces): Lizzie Staton 1, Mariah Ahrndt 3, Zoe Doscher 2 ... Set assists: Courtney McNeill 8, Ahrndt 10 ... Hitting (kills): McNeill 1, Staton 10, Ahrndt 1, Anna Gosson 5, Claire Ricard 9, Beth Cain 1 ... Blocking (aces): Staton 1, Ahrndt 1 ... Digs (5 or more): Gosson 17, Leah Molden 24, Doscher 16

ACGC

Serving (aces): Addison Bernstein 2 ... Set assists: Rachel Wilner 18 ... Hitting (kills): Bernstein 9, Madison Denton 7, Brenna Anderson 2, Rylie Wilner 13, Rachel Wilner 2 ... Blocking (aces): Denton 1 ... Digs (5 or more): Alex Hovey 15, Bernstein 14, Rylie Wilner 16, Rachel Wilner 7

Montevideo 3, BOLD 2

Montevideo outlasted BOLD in a West Central Conference match on Thursday in Olivia.

BOLD's Elli Honzay had 12 kills and Makenna Steffel and Ashley Trongard both had 11 kills. Makayla Snow had 38 set assists.

Montevideo (15-11) 20 28 25 18 15

BOLD (7-13) 25 26 9 25 13

Montevideo

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BOLD

Serving (aces): Ashley Trongard 2, Morgan Schmitz 2 ... Set assists: Makayla Snow 38 ... Hitting (kills): Trongard 11, Elli Honzay 12, Makenna Steffel 11 ... Blocking (aces): Honzay 3, Makayla Snow 2, Steffel 2, Taylor Sagedahl 2 ... Digs (5 or more): Brenna Weis 28, Taylor Sagedahl 21, Abby Sigurdson 16

MACCRAY 3, BBE 0

MACCRAY and BBE battled through two tough sets before the Wolverines ended the non-conference match in three on Thursday in Belgrade.

MACCRAY's Carly Orwick had a match-high 12 kills and Piper Asche had 11 kills. Sydney Schwitters had 32 set assists and also had three blocks.

BBE's Ally Gruber had eight kills and Karsee Kampsen had 15 set assists.

MACCRAY (23-5) 25 25 25

BBE (13-12) 21 19 12

MACCRAY

Serving (aces): Sydney Schwitters 1, Danni Burns 1, Piper Asche 1, Carly Orwick 1 ... Set assists: Schwitters 32 ... Hitting (kills): Schwitters 3, Ellie Thien 5, Burns 2, Orwick 12, Olivia Ruiter 8, Asche 11 ... Blocking (aces): Orwick 1, Asche 2, Schwitters 3 ... Digs (5 or more): Schwitters 8, Burns 9, Orwick 8

BBE

Serving (aces): Jaden Gossen 1 ... Set assists: Jenna Fischer 1, Karsee Kampsen 15, Katherine Mastey 1, Morgan Gronli 1 ... Hitting (kills): Ally Gruber 8, Fischer 3, Kampsen 1, Mastey 4, Gronli 3, Nicole Wesber 1 ... Blocking (aces): Mastey 1, Gronli 3 ... Digs (5 or more): Emily Wosmek 7, Gossen 6, Kampsen 10

Paynesville 3, Pierz 0

Skylar Bayer and Abby Schaefer equally combined for 22 kills in a 3-0 win for Paynesville over Pierz Thursday night.

Jenna Lundquist led the team with 18 set assists, just ahead of teammate Molly Stang's 16.

Olivia Riley provided support from the back row with 25 digs.

Paynesville (16-6) 25 25 25

Pierz (14-11) 22 16 21

Paynesville

Serving (aces): Jenna Lundquist 1, Skylar Bayer 3, Jacquelyn Hoeft 1, Abby Schaefer 1 ... Set assists: Molly Stang 16, Lundquist 18, Olivia Riley 1, Schaefer 1 ... Hitting (kills): Stang 4, Lundquist 2, Bayer 11, Brynn Johnson 4, Hoeft 4, Schaefer 11, Ashley Ley 1 ... Blocking (aces): Stang 1, Bayer 1, Hoeft 1 ... Digs (5 or more): Stang 5, Lundquist 6, Bayer 14, Riley 25, Hoeft 5, Schaefer 9

Pierz

Stats not provided

WCA 3, Hancock 1

Hancock kept the match alive with a win in set three but West Central recovered to close it out in four sets on Thursday.

Hancock's Ashlyn Mattson had five kills and Emma Nelson had 22 digs.

Hancock (3-16) 16 16 25 17

West Central (10-10) 25 25 21 25

Hancock

Serving (aces): Miranda Chamberlain 1, Emma Nelson 1, Lexi Staples 1 ... Set assists: Ashlyn Mattson 4, Chamberlain 2, Morgan Kisgen 5 ... Hitting (kills): Mattson 5, Tess Steiner 4, Nelson 1, Bailey DeSmith 3 ... Blocking (aces): Mattson 1, Steiner 1, Chamberlain 1, DeSmith 1 ... Digs (5 or more): Nelson 22, Mattson 12, Staples 5, Steiner 11

West Central

Stats not provided

BLHS 3, MVL 2

Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart won a Tomahawk Conference slugfest over Minnesota Valley Lutheran on Thursday.

Three Mustangs registered double-digits in kills, led by Alyssa Peterson with 13. Sara Kottke and Rachel Dean both had 11.

Dean also had five solo blocks and Emily VanderVoort served six aces, and combined with Anna Buboltz for 33 set assists.

BLHS (8-13) 22 25 25 17 15

MVL (11-13) 25 19 21 25 13

Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart

Serving (aces): Anna Buboltz 3, Emily VanderVoort 6, Alyssa Peterson 3, Jaxl Fernandez 1 ... Set assists: Buboltz 18, VanderVoort 15, Natalie Karl 5 ... Hitting (kills): Keegan Hanson 1, Peterson 13, Karl 6, Fernandez 7, Kimberly Novotny 3, Sara Kottke 11, Rachel Dean 11 ... Blocking (aces): Karl 2, Fernandez 1, Novotny 1, Kottke 1, Dean 5 ... Digs (5 or more): Buboltz 21, VanderVoort 9, Hanson 25, Peterson 21, Karl 10, Fernandez 21, Novotny 5, Kottke 5

Minnesota Valley Lutheran

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Girls Tennis

Eight locals still alive in 5A

After the opening day of the Section 5A individual tournament on Thursday, two Litchfield doubles teams are still alive and one Dragons team will play a New London-Spicer duo in the semifinals.

In singles, Litchfield's Elise Bierbaum and Natalie Nelson also won two matches apiece and will play semifinals matches at 8 a.m. Tuesday at the Sta Fit Club in Sartell.

Litchfield's team of Shanna Kinny and Avery Stilwell won two matches on Thursday at the Sta Fit Club in Sartell, and they will face New London-Spicer's Izzy Schmeising and Erin Loterbauer at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Litchfield's other doubles team, Laney Huhner and Vaida Behnke, also won two matches and plays Long Prairie-Grey Eagle's Lupita Mora and Alison Gugglberger in the other semfinals match.

Section 5A

Individual Tournament

How Litchfield fared

Singles

Elise Bierbaum, L, def. Abbi Larson, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, 6-0 6-0; Bierbaum def. Jennah Groth, Annandale, 6-0 6-1. Next: Semifinals vs. Ally Ecker, LPGE, 8 a.m. Tuesday

Natalie Nelson, L, def. Jessie Danzl, Melrose, 6-0 6-0; Nelson def. Maria Jennissen, Sauk Centre, 6-0 6-0. Next: Semifinals vs. Heidi Stand, Annandale, 8 a.m. Tuesday

Doubles

Shanna Kinny/Avery Stilwell, L, def. Paige Prentice/Kylie Terhaar, BBE, 6-0 6-0; def. Ann Roberts/Josie Burd, Annandale, 6-1 6-1. Next: Semifinals vs. Izzy Schmiesing/Erin Loterbauer, New London-Spicer, 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Laney Huhner/Vaida Behnke, L, def. Sami Severnak/Miranda Curnutt. 6-0 6-0; def. Erica Middendorf/Emily Primus, Sauk Centre, 6-3 6-3. Next: Semifinals vs. Lupita Mora/Alison Gugglberger, LPGE, 8 a.m. Tuesday

How New London-Spicer fared

Singles

Ava Hanson, NLS, def. Vicky Zhu, St. John's Prep, 6-0 6-0; Heidi Stang, Annandale, def. Hanson 6-2 6-2

Maria Jennissen, Sauk Centre, def. April Groff 6-1 6-3

Doubles

Izzy Schmiesing/Erin Loterbauer, NLS, def. Hannah Mockros/Abbey Olson, Sauk Centre, 6-0 7-5; def. Abby Mikel/Emily Moe, Annandale, 6-3 6-1. Next: vs. Shanna Kinny/Avery Stilwell, Litchfield, 8 a.m. Tuesday

Erica Middendorf/Emily Primus, Sauk Centre, def. Shea Oman/Ruby Parsons, NLS, 6-4 6-7 (7-1) 6-2

How BBE fared

Singles

Ally Ecker, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, def. Mallory Bents, BBE, 6-0 6-0

Heidi Stang, Annandale, def. Sara Schmitz, BBE, 6-0 6-0

Doubles

Shanny Kinny/Avery Stilwell, Litchfield, def. Paige Prentice/Kylie Terhaar 6-0 6-0

McKayla Schleper/Allie Toenies, Melrose, def. Amanda Feldman/Kim Terhaar, BBE, 6-1 6-0

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