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High school volleyball: Five in a row for MACCRAY Wolverines

Read how MACCRAY stayed hot with 3-1 win over CMCS

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MACCRAY senior right-side hitter Alison Koenen goes up for an attack during Thursday's Camden Conference match against Central Minnesota Christian from the Central Minnesota Christian School gymnasium in Prinsburg. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune

PRINSBURG β€” The MACCRAY volleyball team is on a roll after dropping its first three matches of the season.

The Wolverines earned a four-set victory at Central Minnesota Christian, 27-25, 25-15, 23-25, 25-15 on Thursday. With its latest Camden Conference triumph, MACCRAY has won its last five matches.

Tied 16-16 in the first set, the Bluejays appeared on the verge to take the first set. CMCS reached set-point at 24-19 with kills from junior hitters Molly Mulder and Maaike Duininck and an ace from junior setter Coco Duininck.

The visitors roared back thanks in large part to the play of Sydney Thein. The sophomore setter put MACCRAY ahead 25-24 with a kill to cap a 7-0 run. After CMCS tied it, Thein put down back-to-back attacks to give the Wolverines the set.

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MACCRAY sophomore setter Sydney Thein hits a tip during Thursday's Camden Conference match against Central Minnesota Christian from the Central Minnesota Christian School gymnasium in Prinsburg. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune

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The road team pulled away in the middle of the second set. Knotted at 8-8, Thein and senior right-side hitter Alison Koenen collected kills as part of a 5-0 run that led to a CMCS timeout. MACCRAY again put together a five-point surge highlighted by a pair of attacks from junior middle hitter Kylee Kimpling. The Wolverines eventually put the second set away after an ace from freshman setter Annie Bourne.

The home team responded by taking a close third set before the visitors sealed the match with a dominant fourth set.

Thein finished the night with 22 kills, 17 assists, 17 digs and an ace block. Junior libero Ella Bourne contributed 21 digs and three ace serves. Allie Bourne had 18 assists and seven digs. Junior defensive specialist JoAnna Johnson put up 12 digs and led the Wolverines with four ace serves.

Coco Duininck led the Wolverines with 35 set assists and three ace serves. She also had seven kills and five digs. Mulder chipped in a team-best 19 kills, three ace blocks and seven digs. Maaike Duininck paced the team with five ace blocks. Sydney Damhof collected a team-high 16 digs.

CMCS is expected to host Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at 7:15 p.m. Friday.

MACCRAY is scheduled to conclude the season at 7:15 p.m. Friday at Yellow Medicine East.

MACCRAY 3,
CMCS 1

MACCRAY (5-3) 27 25 23 25
CMCS (2-6) 25 15 25 15
MACCRAY
Serving (aces): JoAnna Johnson 4, Ella Bourne 3, Elsie Sumner 2, Annie Bourne 1 … Set assists: Sydney Thein 17, A. Bourne 18, E. Bourne 6 … Hitting (kills): Allison Koenen 7, Jordan Thein 3, S. Thein 22, Kylee Kimpling 6, Sumner 8, Lizzie Koenen 1 … Blocking (aces): J. Thein 1, S. Thein 1, Kimpling 2 … Digs (5 or more): S. Thein 17, E. Bourne 21, Johnson 12, J. Thein 5, A. Bourne 7, Sumner 10
Central Minnesota Christian
Serving (aces): Coco Duininck 3, Addison Brouwer 2, Lauren Taatjes 2, Maaike Duininck 1, Sydney Damhof 1 … Set assists: C. Duininck 35 … Hitting (kills): Molly Mulder 19, Katelyn Graves 10, C. Duininck 7, M. Duininck 3, Taatjes 1, Emma Roiseland 2 … Blocking (aces): M. Duininck 5, Mulder 3, Taatjes 2 … Digs (5 or more): Damhof 16, Brouwer 10, Mulder 7, Taatjes 7, C. Duininck 5

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