WILLMAR — Priority No. 1 for the Willmar volleyball team was playing well enough to beat a strong Brainerd squad.

Priority No. 2 was making sure that Lydia Larson was properly recognized for reaching a milestone.

As priorities go, Willmar went 2-for-2.

Willmar beat Brainerd 25-20, 20-25, 25-22, 25-21. The four-set victory was one set better than Willmar’s 3-2 victory Sept. 9 at Brainerd.

Willmar senior Lydia Larson sets up a ball for an attempted kill against Brainerd on Thursday, Oct. 14, in Willmar. Matthew Curry/West Central Tribune
Willmar senior Lydia Larson sets up a ball for an attempted kill against Brainerd on Thursday, Oct. 14, in Willmar. Matthew Curry/West Central Tribune

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And, Larson earned her 2,000th career assist. She came into the match needing 23 and hit that total in the third set, finishing with 45. Between the third and fourth sets, Larson was honored with a public-address announcement. The Cardinal student section held up a large poster with the number 2,000. Everyone else had a sheet of paper with 2,000 on it.

“We knew she had a shot to get it tonight,” Willmar head coach Leah Ruter said. “It was awesome that it happened at home.

“We had a good crowd and everyone got to see it.”

It was “Dig Pink” Cancer Awareness Night. Funds were raised for breast cancer research with a silent auction.

And, the crowd got to see Willmar improve to a conference-leading 9-1 in the Central Lakes and 14-4 overall. Brainerd dropped to 7-5 and 17-11.

Sydney Schnichels led the Cardinals with 17 kills. The 6-foot-4 junior and University of Minnesota recruit also had two blocks and 14 digs.

Senior Mackenzie Knofczynski added 12 kills and three ace serves and Bella Mulder had 11 kills for the Cardinals. Larson, who is committed to The Citadel, a Division I program in South Carolina, had nine digs. Marissa Rosen had 17 digs and three service aces and Hannah Stark added 14 digs.

Willmar is scheduled to play in a large invitational Friday and Saturday at St. Michael-Albertville. There are 32 teams in the tournament.

Central Lakes

Willmar 3, Brainerd 1

Brainerd (17-11) 20 25 22 21
Willmar (14-4) 25 20 25 25
Brainerd
Stats not available
Willmar
Serving (aces): Marissa Rosen 3, Hannah Stark 2, Mackenzie Knofczynski 3, Allie Rosendahl 1 … Set assists: Lydia Larson 45, Stark 2, Bella Mulder 1 … Hitting (kills): Sydney Schnichels 17, Larson 1, Marissa Rosen 9, Knofczynski 12, Dena Mathison 3, Mulder 11 … Blocking (aces): Schnichels 2, Rosen 1, Knofczynski 1, Dena Mathison 3, Mulder 1 … Digs (5 or more): Schnichels 14, Larson 9, Rosen 17, Stark 14, Rosendahl 7

Wright County

D-C 3, NLS 2

New London-Spicer forced a fifth set after trailing 2-0. But host Dassel-Cokato managed to win the pivotal fifth set for the Wright County Conference win at Cokato.

Olivia Mages and Ellary Peterson led the Wildcats’ offense with 13 and 12 kills, respectively. Mages also had a team-high 27 digs while Peterson finished with 2-1/2 blocks. Nyla Johnson tacked on 40 set assists, 19 digs and a pair of ace serves.

NLS closes the regular season with a non-conference match at 7:15 p.m. Monday at Albany.

NLS (14-12) 23 23 25 26 12
D-C (15-12) 25 25 16 24 15
NLS
Serving (aces): Grace Truscinski 3, Kendra Gerhardson 3, Nyla Johnson 2, Olivia Mages 2, Ellary Peterson 1 … Set assists: Johnson 40, Gerhardson 2, Mages 2, Avery Rich 1 … Hitting (kills): Mages 13, Peterson 12, Rich 9, Truscinski 8, Gerhardson 3, Johnson 1 … Blocking (aces): Peterson 2-1/2, Rich 2, Truscinski 2, Mages 1, Gerhardson 1/2 … Digs (5 or more): Mages 27, Truscinski 22, Johnson 19, Peterson 17, Gerhardson 15, Rich 10
D-C
Stats not available

W-M 3, Litchfield 0

Watertown-Mayer improved to 21-5 with the sweep at Litchfield.

Watertown-Mayer leads the Wright County West with a 7-0 record.

For Litchfield, Asha Ehlers and Izzy Pennertz each had six kills. Olivia Holmgren had 21 set assists and seven digs. Grace Braaten also had seven digs for the Dragons.

Litchfield now awaits word on the Section 3AA-North playoffs, which haven’t been seeded yet.

W-M (21-5) 26 25 25
Litchfield (9-19) 24 19 13
W-M
Stats not available
Litchfield
Serving (aces): Olivia Holmgren 2, Ciarra Resmen 2, Morgan Falling 1, Anna Sorgatz 1, Addi Marquardt 1 … Set assists: Holmgren 21, Resmen 1 … Hitting (kills): Falling 3, Asha Ehlers 6, Greta Hansen 3, Izzy Pennertz 6, Anna Sorgatz 3, Marquardt 2 … Blocking (aces): Falling 1, Ehlers 1, Hansen 3 … Digs (5 or more): Holmgren 7, Grace Braaten 7, Ehlers 4, Hansen 3, Jo Jo Schultz 7, Marquardt 12

Central Minnesota

Maple Lake 3, ACGC 0

The Maple Lake Irish improved to 15-7 on the season with the sweep of Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Maple Lake.

Maple Lake is 5-1 in the Central Minnesota Conference. ACGC fell to 0-6 in the CMC and 2-15 overall. The Falcons play at 7:15 p.m. Monday at Long Prairie-Grey Eagle. They then close out the regular season against Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday in Grove City.

ACGC (2-15) 10 6 2
Maple Lake (15-7) 25 25 25

BBE 3, Royalton 0

Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa improved to 6-0 in Central Minnesota Conference play by beating Royalton at Brooten.

Ava Mueller led the Jaguars with 15 kills. Kailey Fischer had 30 set assists and Emily Kern had 15 digs.

BBE closes out the regular season with a 7:15 p.m. game Tuesday against Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Grove City.

Royalton (12-12) 12 16 15
BBE (18-7) 25 25 25
Royalton
Stats not available
BBE
Serving (aces): Tayjah Marthaler 1, Kylie Winter 3, Kailey Fischer 4, Ava Mueller 2, Emily Kern 1 … Set assists: K. Fischer 30, Kern 5 … Hitting (kills): Mueller 15, K. Fischer 1, Allison Dingmann 3, Brooklyn Fischer 7, Abby Berge 1, Paige Rupp 8, Avery Szczesniak 1… Blocking (aces): Dingmann 1, Rupp 1 … Digs (5 or more): Marthaler 7, Winter 7, K. Fischer 9, Mueller 5, Kern 15, B. Fischer 1, Rupp 1

West Central

BOLD 3, Benson 1

Caylee Weber had 12 kills, four service aces and eight digs and Kenzie Visser had six ace blocks to lead BOLD to the victory over Benson at Olivia.

Leslie Snow added nine kills, four service aces and 11 digs for the Warriors, who got 18 sets apiece from Layla Pfarr and Delaney Tersteeg.

Benson was led by Lily Slaughter’s 12 kills. Adysen Himley had 19 set assists and Libby McGeary added 18 digs for the Braves.

BOLD’s next match is 7:15 p.m. Monday against Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop at Olivia. Benson’s last regular-season match is 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at Melrose.

Benson (5-21) 11 25 25 25
BOLD (19-3) 25 22 20 25
Benson
Serving (aces): Ellie Krusemark 1, Kyra Gronseth 1 … Set assists: Libby McGeary 2, Adysen Himley 19, El. Krusemark 1 … Hitting (kills): El. Krusemark 4, Isabella Wolter 2, Lilly Slaughter 12, Gronseth 6 … Blocking (aces): Gronseth 1 … Digs (5 or more): McGeary 18, Himley 6, El. Krusemark 13, Wolter 6, Slaughter 15
BOLD
Serving (aces): Caylee Weber 4, Leslie Snow 4, Mari Ryberg 2 … Set assists: Layla Pfarr 18, Delaney Tersteeg 18 … Hitting (kills): Weber 12, Snow 9, Abby Meyers 8 … Blocking (aces): Kenzie Visser 8, Meyers 6, Ady Knake 1, Ryberg 1, Snow 1 … Digs (5 or more): Snow 11, Weber 8, Ryberg 5, Pfarr 5, Delaney Tersteeg 5

Morris/CA 3,

Minnewaska 0

Morris/Chokio-Alberta earned the West Central Conference victory over Minnewaska at Glenwood.

Brooklyn Larson had eight kills and two blocks and Haley Shea had 27 set assists for Minnewaska. Avery Fier contributed 14 digs to the Lakers’ cause.

Minnewaska closes the regular season against Montevideo at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday in Glenwood.



Morris/CA (5-17) 25 25 25
Minnewaska (4-17) 22 23 19
Morris/CA
Stats not available
Minnewaska
Serving (aces): Mikalyn Andreas 1 … Set assists: Haley Shea 27, Brooklyn Larson 1 … Hitting (kills): Dacia Fleury 3, Dreya Barsness 7, Miaya Guggisberg 7, Avery Fier 6, Larson 8 … Blocking (aces): Larson 2 … Digs (5 or more): Shea 7, Barsness 5, Avery Fier 14, Larson 10, Brooklyn Meyer 7, Grace Zenk 8

Camden

CMCS 3, KMS 1

Molly Mulder knocked down 22 kills and Coco Duininck had 34 set assists as Central Minnesota Christian beat Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at Prinsburg.

Maaike Duininck had three ace serves and three ace blocks. Ella Mulder also had three ace serves and Molly Mulder had 14 digs. Sydney Damhof had 13 digs and Coco Duininck had 12.



KMS (4-18) 14 24 26 20
CMCS (18-9) 25 26 24 25
KMS
Serving (aces): Elsa Gjerde 2, Grace Collins 1, Josie Gjerde 1, Shakira Olson 1, Julia Carlson 3 … Set assists: Collins 31, Olivia Noble 1 … Hitting (kills): Collins 1, Olson 10, Taylor Haats 7, Kelsey Butler 1, Carlson 3, Noble 1, Savannah Peterson 7, Emily Wagner 5 … Blocking (aces): Haats 3, Wagner 1 … Digs (5 or more): E. Gjerde 15, J. Gjerde 6, Carlson 10
CMCS
Serving (aces): Maaike Duininck 3, Carrie Mulder 3, Lilly Mellema 2, Coco Duininck 1 … Set assists: C.Duininck 34, Mulder 2, Sydney Damhof 1, M. Duininck 1, Mellema 1 … Hitting (kills): Molly Mulder 22, M. Duininck 6, Mulder 6, C. Duininck 4, Lauren Taatjes 3, Mellema 1, Emma Roiseland 1 … Blocking (aces): M. Duininck 3, Mellema 2, Taatjes 1, Mulder 1 … Digs (5 or more): Molly Mulder 14, Damhof 13, C. Duininck 12, C.C. Roiseland 6, Ava Schneiderman 6.

RCW 3, LQPV 0

Hannah Pharr hammered home 21 kills, Alexis Roxberg had five ace blocks and Addyson Tanner had 45 set assists in Renville County West’s victory over Lac qui Parle Valley at Madison.

Ali Aalderks had 16 digs, Bethany Bratsch 15 and Alice Hanson 13 for the Jaguars.

RCW is host to Cedar Mountain at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Renville. LQPV has Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley on the schedule at 7:15 p.m. Monday in Madison.

RCW (12-13) 25 25 25
LQPV (10-10) 17 23 20
RCW
Serving (aces): Addyson Tanner 1, Ellie Wulf 1 … Set assists: Tanner 45, Alice Hanson 1 … Hitting (kills): Hanson 13, Tanner 1, Wulf 1, Hannah Pharr 21, Holly Bratsch 1, Rachel Jakel 4, Alexis Roxberg 6 … Blocking (aces): Hanson 1, Tanner 1, Pharr 3, Roxberg 5 … Digs (5 or more): Hanson 13, Bethany Bratsch 15, Tanner 6, Wulf 8, Ali Aalderks 16, H. Bratsch 6
LQPV
Stats not available