NEW LONDON -- New London-Spicer won for the third time in West Central North Conference action, beating winless Paynesville, 25-12, 25-19, 25-16 Thursday. The Wildcats (3-9, 4-16) threw up a strong attack, with Cassie Ziemer recording 11 kills on 17-of-17 attacks. Taylor Thompsen added six kills and four ace serves.
RENVILLE -- With the help of Megan Groen's 17 kills, Renville County West moved into a tie for first place in the Camden North Conference by upending Canby 25-17, 25-19, 22-25, 25-17 Tuesday. The Jaguars (15-5) improved to 4-1 in the loop, the same mark as idle MACCRAY (11-6).
College Volleyball JUNIOR COLLEGE Ridgewater vs. Anoka-Ramsey at Coon Rapids, 6:30 p.m. Prep Volleyball NON-CONFERENCE Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Osakis, 3:30 p.m. Girls Tennis SECTION 6A FINAL Minnewaska vs. Melrose at Fargo, 7:30 a.m.
Prep Volleyball Litchfield def. Annandale 23-25, 25-15, 25-16, 25-16 Willmar def. Brainerd 25-13, 25-21, 25-16 Minneota def. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 25-20, 25-18, 25-13 Tracy-Milroy-Balaton def. Dawson-Boyd 25-14, 25-11, 23-25, 25-14 New London-Spicer def. Paynesville 25-12, 25-19, 25-15 Minnewaska def. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 25-14, 20-25, 25-21, 25-16 Yellow Medicine East def. Benson 25-10, 25-21, 16-25, 25-19 Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop def. Buffalo Lake-Hector 25-15, 17-25, 25-18, 25-21 Montevideo def. Lac qui Parle Valley 25-21, 12-25, 25-19, 25-18 Morris def.
The Ridgewater men's soccer team, a first-year club program, will host its first-ever game in Hutchinson Wednesday. The Warriors will play North Iowa Area Community College at 3 p.m. at the Hutchinson Middle School soccer field. Admission is free.
In Section 2A boys soccer first-round playoff games today, Willmar is at Worthington at 4 p.m. and Central Minnesota Christian travels to Mankato West for a 7 p.m. match. Section 2A girls playoffs start Thursday with No. 10 Willmar playing at No. 7 Fairmont at 4 p.m.
Montevideo's Greg Liebl, a junior on the North Dakota State University cross country team, was named the NCAA Division I Independent Runner of the Week for the second time this season. Liebl won the individual title at the South Dakota State Classic in Brookings, S.D., Saturday in a time of 24:31.90 over the eight-kilometer run, which broke the meet record.
The semifinals and final of the Section 3A girls tennis tournament is today at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter. No. 1 Litchfield and No. 5 Yellow Medicine East meet in the first match at 10 a.m. with No. 2 Benson and No. 6 New London-Spicer following at 11:30 a.m. The final is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. The semifinals and finals for the individual tournament is Thursday in St. Peter.
OLIVIA -- Another solid all-around performance from Kresson Vreeman and 10 kills from Tara Frikke ignited Central Minnesota Christian's 25-9, 25-23, 25-15 non-conference sweep over BOLD Monday. Vreeman, a senior setter/outside hitter, chalked up 14 kills, six ace serves, 18 assists and 17 digs to help the Bluejays (11-5) win their third straight match. Junior Cassie Ulferts, another setter/outside hitter for the Bluejays, amassed 19 assists and seven kills in 15 errorless attacks. Leah Miller had six kills for BOLD (9-9), which had only 15 as a team.
SARTELL -- Top-seeded Becker eliminated Willmar from the Section 8AA tournament Monday after upending the fourth seed 6-1 in the semifinals of the South sub-section at Gold's Gym. A victory would have secured Willmar a spot in the Section 8AA final four that begins next Tuesday in Grand Forks. Willmar (3-11) had won three of its last four matches, but senior Jenny Peterson at 1-singles was the only Cardinal to earn a point against the Bulldogs. Peterson rebounded to win the second and third sets -- both by a score of 6-2 -- after losing the opener 7-5 to Hannah Miller. Senior Trisha Foshau