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Prep volleyball: Power failure for ACGC

Cedar Mountain sweeps Falcons, who lose energy after tough first set.

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Falcons freshman middle hitter Ruby Klinger finds a gap between two Cougars' blockers during a match against Cedar Mountain on Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, at Atwater Cosmos Grove City School in Grove City.
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GROVE CITY — With a late lead in set one over Cedar Mountain, the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City girls’ volleyball team could not close the set out and it was the Cougars who commanded the remainder of the non-conference matchup.

Cedar Mountain completed a 25-23 comeback in set one to swing momentum in its favor before earning the sweep with set wins of 25-15 and 25-19 on Monday.

“The girls came out with a lot of energy, playing really, really hard. Their communication was great,” Falcons co-head coach Shawna Roemeling said. “After losing that first set — the girls said it best themselves — they lost their energy. … I think that took them down.”

The Cougars sweep the Falcons in three sets.

The Cougars played a quick offense through keen tips and a pace that posed problems for ACGC’s blockers, who collected six blocks, to make a difference in the match.

“We struggled at times. We were very inconsistent with our blocking,” ACGC co-head coach Jamie Mootz said. “We had times of greatness and times where we just weren’t up soon enough.”

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Falcons junior middle hitter Elli Roemeling prepares for a serve receive during a match against Cedar Mountain on Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, at Atwater Cosmos Grove City School in Grove City.
Michael Lyne / West Central Tribune

It was the middle hitters who paced the Falcons.

Freshman Ruby Klinger tallied team-highs of 12 kills and three block aces.

“I was finding the ball well and I had some good placement with the ball,” Klinger said. “It helps that their team was not the tallest I’ve ever played.”

Junior Elli Roemeling recorded 15 digs, nine kills, two block aces and one set assist.

Two other Falcons had double-digit dig totals. Junior setter Alayna Schultz tallied 15 and senior outside/right-side hitter Haley Wilner reached 10.

“Sometimes when we lose [a set], some of us get down and it brings everybody else down,” Klinger said. “I think tonight was just a night where that loss really affected us.”

ACGC (2-8) plays Paynesville in a Central Minnesota Conference match at 7 p.m. Thursday at ACGC.

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Falcons junior setter Alayna Schultz digs the ball during a match against Cedar Mountain on Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, at Atwater Cosmos Grove City School in Grove City.
Michael Lyne / West Central Tribune

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Non-Conference

Cedar Mountain/Comfrey 3, ACGC 0

Cedar Mountain/Comfrey (9-3)     25   25   25
ACGC (2-8)                                     23   15   19

Cedar Mountain/Comfrey
Stats not available

ACGC
Serving (aces): None … Set assists: Elli Roemeling 1, Alayna Schultz 16, Haley Johnson 1 … Hitting (kills): Roemeling 9, Mikaili Johnson 2, Ruby Klinger 12, Taylor Hoekstra 1, Haley Wilner 2, Schultz 2 … Blocking (aces): Roemeling 2-1/2, M. Johnson 1/2, Klinger 3 … Digs (5 or more): Roemeling 15, M. Johnson 8, Claire Slinden 5, Kylie Blom 8, Wilner 10, Schultz 15

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BBE 3, Parkers Prairie 1

Facing a Section 6A-South rival, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa got the four-set victory against Parkers Prairie at Brooten.

The win puts the Jaguars at 2-0 in section play while the Panthers drop to 3-5.

Ava Mueller led BBE’s offense with 21 kills, hitting at a .404% clip. She also had 17 digs and a pair of ace blocks. Kylie Weller had 40 set assists and 14 digs, and Harley Roering came through with 19 digs.

The Jaguars have a Central Minnesota Conference match scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at Maple Lake.

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Parkers Prairie (3-6)     12   25   19   23
BBE (12-5)                     25   22   25   25

Parkers Prairie
Stats not available

BBE
Serving (aces): Abby Berge 1, Ava Mueller 1, Harley Roering 1, Kylie Weller 1 … Set assists: Weller 40, Berge 2, Adley Hagen 1, Roering 1 … Hitting (kills): Mueller 21, Brooklyn Fischer 8, Allison Dingmann 7, Hagen 5, Berge 4, Weller 1 … Blocking (aces): Dingmann 2, Mueller 2, Fischer 1 … Digs (5 or more): Roering 19, Mueller 17, Fischer 17, Weller 14, Berge 10

Camden

YME 3, Ortonville 2

Yellow Medicine East got its third straight Camden Conference win — each coming by five sets — after beating host Ortonville.

The Sting came back to win the match after trailing 2-1 after three sets.

Ruby Bones led YME with 36 kills and four ace blocks. Aria Peters finished with 47 set assists and 10 digs. At the service line, Gracie Kleven tallied five aces.

The Sting have a quick turnaround. They are scheduled to play Tuesday against Lac qui Parle Valley in Madison.

YME (4-8)               26   19   22   25   15
Ortonville (2-9)      24   25   25   13     9

YME
Serving (aces): Gracie Kleven 5, Hannah Stark 1 … Set assists: Aria Peters 47 … Hitting (kills): Ruby Bones 36, Kleven 5, Stark 5, Peters 3, Nicole Rillo 3, Nevaeh Chaparro 2 … Blocking (aces): Bones 4, Peters 1, Chaparro 1 … Digs (5 or more): Kiara Sakry 11, Peters 10, Kleven 7, Kayla Nordaune 7, Riley Streich 5

Ortonville
Stats not available

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Michael Lyne joined the West Central Tribune as a sports reporter in May 2022, following his graduation from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where he graduated with a bachelors degree in journalism and a minor degree in Spanish studies.

You may reach Michael at mlyne@wctrib.com, or by calling (320) 214-4345.
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