SARTELL -- Senior Hannah Okins and sophomores Ariel Johnson and Ashley Johnson won their matches Tuesday for Willmar, but the Cardinals fell 5-2 to Sartell in their Central Lakes Conference opener. Having played only two previous matches since its season opener on Aug. 25, Willmar (0-1, 0-3) hasn't been able to find a groove.
ST. CLOUD -- The St. Cloud Tech Tigers took control in the second half and went on to shut out the Willmar Cardinals 3-0 Tuesday. "We played them even in the first half," said coach Richard Courtney. "Then we made a bad play on a ball where the sweeper and goalie didn't communicate and they went up two nothing. After that, we stopped working and quit passing. They outplayed us in the second half." It was the Central Lakes Conference opener for both teams. "We need to bounce back for Apollo," said Courtney, referring to Thursday's home game with the Eagles from St.
REDWOOD FALLS -- Christal Greenslit made only two errors in 25 attacks to pile up 11 kills and Naomi U'ren served four aces in 23 errorless attempts to help Redwood Valley (1-1) collect its first win of the season. Jordan Olerud followed Greenslit with nine kills and also led the Cardinals with 14 digs while Taylor Solie amassed six kills, three ace serves and three ace blocks. Redwood Valley 3, Lakeview 1 Lakeview (0-1) 15 14 25 13 Redwood Valley (1-1) 25 25 8 25 (Key: good-attempts-aces) Lakeview Serving: not available .... Setting (assists): Kayla House 25 ....
The Willmar boys cross country team, Class AA's champion last season, starts the road to another title today at the St. Cloud Apollo Invitational. The meet begins at 4 p.m. at Greystone Trails in St. Cloud. The Cardinals return all but one starter from last year's championship squad. The girls team, which finished sixth in the section meet last season, also runs today.
Both area volleyball teams that played in last year's state tournament are on the court tonight in the first full-scale night of prep action. Central Minnesota Christian, which finished third in Class A, has their season- and home-opener in Prinsburg against McLeod West at 7:30 p.m. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, which lost both matches in Class AA, opens its season on the road at Ortonville at 7:30 p.m.
OLIVIA -- Fueled by 10 kills from senior middle hitter Leah Miller, BOLD swept Sleepy Eye 25-9, 25-11, 25-11 in the season opener for both teams Monday. The Warriors got into a rhythm early as Miller and senior outside hitter Laura Wallenta guided the offense against a young Sleepy Eye squad that features eight underclassmen. Wallenta finished with six kills, as did senior outside hitter Bre Keltgen, for the Warriors.
REDWOOD FALLS -- Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd's 3-doubles team of Meghan Henrich and Brook Dahle posted a 3-0 record, including a pivotal match against Redwood Valley to lead their team to a 3-0 record in the Redwood Valley Quadrangular Monday. Matches started at 9 a.m. Monday morning, but consistent rain moved the matches inside. Following the delay, the final match -- LQPV/DB vs. host Redwood Valley -- didn't finish until approximately 8:45 p.m. Henrich and Dahle came back from a 4-6 deficit to win 6-2, 10-4, which put LQPV/DB ahead.
MORRIS -- Nikki Swenson of Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd started the 2006 cross country season with a 45-second win at the Morris Invitational Monday. Swenson, runner-up in the girls Class A race last season, ran the course in 14:31.40. Brooke Wyffels of Marshall was second in 15:17.54. LQPV/DB finished second to Marshall 25-81. The Tigers took the next four spots after Swenson, whose sister, Kelly, finished seventh.
OLIVIA -- Steve Altmann won his seventh Jerry Kircher Club Tournament title at Olivia Golf Club Sunday, edging defending champion Jon Schmoll by one stroke. Altmann posted a 27-holes total of 111. David Altmann, Steve's brother, was third at 114.
Result Saturday DuPage (Ill.) Invite DuPage 2, Ridgewater 1 Ashley Hennen pounded down nine kills and Jackie Noyes and Hilary Groothuis had seven each for the Lady Warriors, who finished 1-2 in pool play at the College of Dupage Invitational in Illinois and did not advance to the semifinals. "We made a big improvement from day one to day two," said Ridgewater coach Joe Sussenguth. "But we need to get better defensively. That's what we'll be working on to see if we can get some improvement in that area.