Warriors fall short in national title match
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Ridgewater's quest for a fifth national championship came to an end on Saturday as the Warriors fell short against Harper College (Illinois) in a three-set championship match.
Harper finished the season 43-1 and as the No. 1 seed its ability was apparent from the start against the second-seeded Warriors. Harper grabbed the first set with a 25-21 win and followed that up with a close 25-22 second set victory.
The Hawks completed the sweep in the third, winning 25-19.
"In championship games, the end result is often dictated by what team makes the fewest errors and who makes the most defensive places," said Warrior head coach Joe Sussenguth. "We fell short in both of those areas, which ultimately led to our demise."
The Warriors kept it close in all three sets and carried leads throughout the match but Harper was able to fight back each time.
"We weren't as aggressive as we needed to be at times and it led to errors or opportunities for Harper to counter-attack," Sussenguth said. "Unfortunately, we couldn't hold on to leads that we had in every set, although we were competitive throughout the match. Credit has to be given to Harper, though. There are many reasons why they were a 43-1 team this year."
It's the first championship for Harper and leaves a bitter taste for the Warriors who reached the championship despite injuries and a young team. The Warriors overcame a tough injury to 2015 All-American Natalie Feldhake early on in the season and relied on four freshmen at the net to earn kills.
"This team has shown tremendous character throughout the season," Sussenguth said. "We've battled through so many injuries, yet players stepped up, changed roles and really exemplified our team-first philosophy. I'm extremely proud of all we accomplished and grateful for the opportunity to work with these outstanding young women."
Harper 3, Ridgewater 0
Ridgewater (26-6)............................ 21 22 19
Harper (43-1).............................. 25 25 25
Serving (aces): Catelyn Haug 2, Jamie Goblirsch 1, Lexie Skoglund 4 ... Set assists: Baylie Kubesh 19, Haug 1, Sadie Pingel 1, Kallee Anderson 1, Goblirsch 6 ... Hitting (kills): Kubesh 1, Hailey Leiding 6, Haug 1, Kiana Johnson 10, Ashley Froelich 11 ... Blocking (aces): Leiding 1, Johnson 1 ... Digs (5 or more): Kubesh 14, Goblirsch 15, Skoglund 11
Serving (aces): Ariana Chelini 1, Katelyn Sommers 2, Emily Huprich 1, Kayla Mayer 1 ... Set assists: Hannah Moore 3, Chelini 1, Ellie Burzlaff 1, Sommers 27, Mayer 3 ... Hitting (kills): Chelini 3, Burzlaff 7, Kathryn Novy 9, Sarah Udoni 5, Sommers 4, Marielle Lugo 8 ... Blocking (aces): none ... Digs (5 or more): Chelini 10, Burzlaf 9, Sommers 8, Mayer 22
Swimming & Diving
Seven Cards earn state berths
Willmar's swimming and diving team will be sending seven competitors to the Class A state meet this year thanks to a strong performance at the Section 3A meet led by sophomore diver Erica Schramm.
Schramm was named the Section 3A diver of the year after winning the event with a 362.45 from the one-meter platform. Teammate Olivia Welsh also qualified with a third place finish of 343.50. She finished just one point off of second place.
Joining the divers will be Amanda Mathiasen, Edyn Saulsbury, Abby McCormack and Anna Backes of the 200-yard freestyle relay team. The top-two finishers of every event automatically qualified for state but the relay team also qualified, despite a third place finish, because they finished their race in 1:42.30, just one-tenth of a second faster than the state qualifying time.
Junior Moira Revier also qualified with a third place finish in the 100-yard backstroke. She finished in 1:01.61 which was 0.24 seconds faster than the qualifying time.
Backes also just missed out on competing in the 100-yard freestyle, coming just 0.13 seconds short while the 400-yard freestyle relay team finished 0.19 seconds short of qualifying.
The Class A state meet will take place Nov. 16-18 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
(1) Hutchinson 467 (2) Orono 339 (3) Delano 332 (4) Dassel-Cokato 276 (5) Willmar 182 (6) Mound Westonka/Holy Family 167 (7) Waconia 160 (8) Montevideo 71 (9) Marshall 70 (10) Watertown-Mayer 65 (11) Litchfield 36
200 MEDLEY RELAY — (1) Orono 1:48.27 (6) Willmar (Moira Revier, Edyn Saulsbury, Abby McCormack, Anna Backes) 1:57.43
200 FREESTYLE — (1) Lexi Kucera, Hutch, 1:55.51
200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY — (1) Hailey Farrell, Hutch, 2:11.60 (13) Kiana gallinger, Will, 2:28.43
50 FREESTYLE — (1) Nora Luetmer, Orono, 24.52 (12) Moira Revier, Will, 25.91 (13) Amanda Mathiasen, Will, 25.92
DIVING — (1) Erica Schramm, Will, 362.45 (3) Olivia Welsh, Will, 343.50
100 BUTTERFLY — (1) Hayley LaZarre, DC, 58.79
100 FREESTYLE — (1) Lexi Kucera, Hutch, 52.42 (9) Anna Backes, Will, 55.21
500 FREESTYLE — (1) Jordyn Wentzel, Delano, 5:09.51 (11) Kiana Gallinger, Will, 5:39.02
200 FREESTYLE RELAY — (1) Hutchinson 1:39.67 (3) Willmar (Amanda Mathiasen, Edyn Saulsbury, Abby McCormack, Anna Backes) 1:42.30
100 BACKSTROKE — (1) Alison Tallen, Orono, 59.03 (3) Moira Revier, Will, 1:01.61
100 BREASTSTROKE — (1) Jordyn Wentzel, Delano, 1:06.64
400 FREESTYLE RELAY — (1) Hutchinson 3:36.52 (5) Willmar (Amanda Mathiasen, Abby McCormack, Moira Revier, Anna Backes) 3:46.09
WarHawks drop two
The Willmar WarHawks have seen plenty of injuries in their inaugural year—especially in net—and those injuries proved to be a problem over the weekend as the WarHawks allowed 20 goals in two games, losing both.
The WarHawks lost to Breezy Point 10-6 on Saturday after falling 10-1 to Alexandria on Friday.
On Saturday, Willmar played its first home game since Oct. 29 and the team started well. The WarHawks scored a pair of goals in the first period while new goaltender Jacob Anderson held Breezy Point to only one. Gabe Gauer scored first, his third of the season and Dylan Gast gave the WarHawks a 2-1 lead later in the period.
Kyle Wendorf started the second period with a power play goal but Breezy point countered with their own power play goal halfway through the second to make it 3-2. A minute later, Wendorf scored again but Breezy Point also scored to push the game to 4-3 through two periods.
It all fell apart for Willmar in the third period. Breezy Point scored a pair of power play goals in the first minute to take the lead momentarily but Willmar bounced back with a shorthanded goal from Gast, his second goal and fourth point of the night. Breezy Point took the lead for good at 8:16 in the third period and piled it on after that.
Willmar struggled defensively on Friday night, as well.
Recently acquired Matt McCoy got the start in net but allowed four goals on 11 shots in the first period. Hayden Funk, the last non-injured goaltender on the active roster, finished the first period and had a strong second period, only allowing one goal while making 16 saves. McCoy re-entered in the third period and allowed five more goals.
On Friday, Wendorf scored Willmar's only goal on a power play on assists from Riley Tigrett and Gabe Gauer. Wendorf had three goals and two assists on the weekend.
Breezy Point 10, Willmar 6
Breezy Point (15-3-1)............. 1 2 7 — 10
Willmar (6-8)............... 2 2 2 — 6
FIRST PERIOD — (1) Willmar: Gabe Gauer (Danny Nugent, Riley Dixon) 3:40 pp (2) Breezy Point: Steven Kukla (Tyler Larwood, Andrew Heckaman) 13:21 (3) Willmar: Dylan Gast (Kyle Wendorf, Max Oelkers) 14:45
SECOND PERIOD — (4) Willmar: Wendorf (Gast, Gauer) 6:01 pp (5) Breezy Point: Larwood (Kukla) 10:56 pp (6) Willmar: Wendorf (Gast, Alec Skar) 12:05 (7) Breezy Point: Nikolas Boyer (Christian Lenzmeier) 13:31
THIRD PERIOD — (8) Breezy Point: Wyatt Stotts (Alex Flicek, Josh Laven) 0:30 pp (9) Breezy Point: Laven (Tristyn Sabina) 0:52 pp (10) Willmar: Gast (Wendorf, Skar) 5:05 sh (11) Breezy Point: Sabina (Laven) 8:16 (12) Breezy Point: Nikolas Boyer (Matej Krasny, Drake Hill) 9:20 (13) Breezy Point: Lenzmeier (Flicek) 10:03 (14) Breezy Point: Larwood 13:42 (15) Breezy Point: Kukla 14:12 (16) Willmar: Jordan Cooper (Danny Nugent, Gauer) 18:48 pp
GOALIE SAVES — Breezy Point: Sam Moberg 36 ... Willmar: Jacob Anderson 29
Alexandria 10, Willmar 1
Willmar............. 0 0 1 — 1
Alexandria............... 4 1 5 — 10
FIRST PERIOD — (1) Alexandria: Alex Bowe (Brenden Payne) 1:24 (2) Alexandria: Payne (Caleb Anderson, Jack Mellstrom) 9:23 (3) Alexandria: Steven Gustafson (Bowe, Logan Nelson) 10:10 pp (4) Alexandria: Anderson (Emil Lindfors, Mellstrom) 12:58
SECOND PERIOD — (5) Alexandria: Logan Norman (Nelson, Riley Meyer) 16:43
THIRD PERIOD — (6) Alexandria: Norman (Nelson, Tosten Mann) 0:45 sh (7) Alexandria: Nelson (Meyer, Gustafson) 1:01 (8) Alexandria: Lindfors (Payne, Anderson) 1:55 (9) Alexandria: Payne (Bowe, Jack Cernohous) 5:30 (10) Willmar: Kyle Wendorf (Riley Tigrett, Gabe Gauer) 11:35 pp (11) Alexandria: Meyer (Nelson, Gustafson) 14:14 pp
GOALIE SAVES — Willmar: Matt McCoy 22, Hayden Funk 20 ... Alexandria: Brey Effertz 24
Morris/CA 3, DGF 1
Morris/Chokio-Alberta capped off its second trip to the Class AA state volleyball tournament with a 3-1 win over Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton on Saturday to earn fifth place.
The Tigers had to battle in the four set match, starting with a 25-23 victory in the first set before the Rebels evened it up with 25-20 second set win.
From there, though, the Tigers held strong, downing the Rebels 26-24 and 25-19.
Morris/CA won with the same strategy they have used all year, employing a three-headed attack with strong defense. Jenna Howden led the way with 16 kills but Ashley Solvie and Brooke Gillespie each hit double digits as well.
Defensively the star was sophomore Riley Decker who led the team with 38 digs. Gillespie tacked on 24 while Cassidy Fehr finished with 17 and her sister Karly Fehr finished with 14. Karly Fehr also had a match-high 38 set assists.
Though the defense performed well they couldn't figure out an answer for DGF's Faith Anderson who finished the match with a match-high 27 kills.
The Tigers finished the state tournament 2-1 to earn the fifth place finish.
DGF............................ 23 25 24 19
Morris/CA.............................. 25 20 26 25
Serving (aces): Shelby Mullikin 2, Grace Steichen 2, Faith Anderson 3, Jena Jacobson 1 ... Set assists: Jocelyn Dubbels 2, Sofia Reno 25, Jacobson 26, Mattie Fischer 2 ... Hitting (kills): Dubbels 4, Mullikin 9, Steichen 9, Anderson 27, Joeli Kelso 3, Fischer 4 ... Blocking (aces): Steichen 1, Kelso 1 ... Digs (5 or more): Mullikin 25, Reno 8, Anderson 29, Jacobson 9, Paige Fabre 43, Fischer 5
Serving (aces): Riley Decker 1 ... Set assists: Karly Fehr 38, Cassidy Fehr 2, Nicole Solvie 1, Decker 3, Jenna Larsen 4 ... Hitting (kills): Karly Fehr 3, Jenna Howden 16, Nicole Solvie 4, Brooke Gillespie 11, Ashley Solvie 15, Larsen 2 ... Blocking (aces): Howden 1, Ashley Solvie 2 ... Digs (5 or more): Karly Fehr 14, Cassidy Fehr 17, Howden 5, Gillespie 24, Koral Tolifson 6, Decker 38