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Area tennis players reach 5A semifinals

SARTELL—Area tennis players reached the semifinals round of the Section 5A individual tournament on Thursday at the Sta-Fit Club.

Litchfield's Elise Bierbaum didn't drop a game in winning two matches, and she now faces Annandale's Jennah Groth in the semifinals on Tuesday.

New London-Spicer's Ava Hanson lost just two games in her two victories and she plays Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Swanville's Ally Ecker in the other 5A singles semifinal on Tuesday.

In doubles, Litchfield's Avery Stilwell and Shanna Kinny didn't drop a game in two victories and they play Annandale's Olivia Honsey and Faith Millner on Tuesday.

The winner of that doubles semi plays another pair of area doubles players. Litchfield's Laney Huhner and Vaida Behnke square off with New London-Spicer's Erin Loterbauer and Izzy Schmiesing in the other doubles semi on Tuesday.

Section 5A

Individual tournament

How Litchfield fared

Singles

Elise Bierbaum: Bierbaum def. Annika Heieie (BBE) 6-0 6-0; Bierbaum def. April Groff (NLS) 6-0 6-0.

Taylar Smith: Smith def. Paige Danzl (Melrose) 6-0 6-1; Jennah Groth (Annandale) def. Smith 6-0 6-1.

Doubles

Avery Stillwell/Shanna Kinny: Stillwell/Kinny def. Morgan Rolf/Lucy Cheeley (St. John's Prep/St. Cloud Cathedral) 6-0 6-0; Stillwell/Kinny def. Annika Spors/Ashley Temper (NLS) 6-0 6-0

Laney Huhner/Vaida Behnke: Huhner/Behnke def. Paige Prentice/Claire Eckstein (BBE) 6-0 6-0; Huhner/Behnke def. Allie Toenies/McKayla Schleper (Melrose) 6-3 6-3

How NLS fared

Singles

April Groff: Groff def. Abbi Larson (LPGE/Upsala/Swanville) 6-2 6-2; Bierbaum (Litchfield) def. Groff 6-0 6-0

Ava Hanson: Hanson def. Alexis Tate (Sauk Centre) 6-0 6-0; Hanson def. Josie Burd (Annandale) 6-0 6-2

Doubles

Annika Spors/Ashley Temper: Spors/Tember def. Hanna Wiechmann/Camryn Brinkman (Melrose) 6-2 6-0; Stillwell/Kinny (Litchfield) def. Spors/Temper 6-0 6-0

Erin Loterbauer/Izzy Schmiesing: Loterbauer/Schmiesing def. Cathleen Rieffer/Kaitlyn Cebulla (LPGE/Upsala/Swanville) 6-0 6-0; Loterbauer/Schmiesing defr. Ann Roberts/Faith Simon (Annandale) 6-1 6-1

How BBE fared

Singles

Annika Heieie: Bierbaum (Litchfield) def. Heiele 6-0 6-0

McKenzie Thieschafer: Josie Burd (Annandale) def. Thieschafer 6-1 6-0

Doubles

Chandler Tebrake/Kylie Terhaar: Emily Primus/Erica Middendorf (Sauk Centre) def. Tebrake/Terhaar 6-1 6-2

Paige Prentice/Claire Eckstein: Huhner/Behnke (Litchfield) def. Prentice/Eckstein 6-0 6-0

Prep Volleyball

Willmar 3,

Fergus Falls 0

Willmar remained atop the Central Lakes Conference standings with a three-set win over Fergus Falls on Thursday.

The Cardinals won 25-18, 25-15 and 25-22 to improve to 10-0 in the CLC and 17-5 overall.

Another balanced net game lifted the Cardinals. Grace Marti had a team-high nine kills, Sydney Olson and Bailey Olson both had six and Caitlin Ogdahl finished with five.

Marti also had three solo blocks.

Carly Wedel had 22 set assists and three kills.

The Cardinals play at road game against St. Cloud Apollo, currently in last place in the CLC, to wrap up the conference schedule at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Willmar (17-5) 25 25 25

Fergus Falls (3-19) 18 15 22

Willmar

Serving (aces): Abby Stark 1, Cambrie Parker 1, Caitlin Ogdahl 1, Bailey Olson 1, Lydia Larson 1, Abby Teisinger 2 ... Set assists: Carly Wedel 22, Larson 9, Stark 2 ... Hitting (kills): Wedel 3, Ogdahl 5, B Olson 6, Sydney Olson 6, Grace Marti 9, Reagan Bos 2, Teisinger 1, Sydney Schnichels 1, Stark 1 ... Blocking (aces): Wedel 1, Larson 1, B Olson 1, Marti 3, Bos 2, Schnichels 1 ... Digs (5 or more): Stark 18, Callie Slagter 9, Parker 9, B Olson 5

Fergus Falls

Stats not provided

Morris/CA 3,

Sauk Centre 2

Morris/Chokio-Alberta turned momentum around in the fifth set and upset West Central Conference rival Sauk Centre on Thursday in Sauk Centre.

Lexi Hockel led the Tigers with 19 kills, Bailey Marty had 15 kills and Lexi Pew drilled 13 kills.

Marty also 26 digs.

Liz Dietz had 19 set assists and LaRae Kram had 17 assists. Kram and Dietz also combined for 24 digs.

Sauk Centre's Nicole Kortan played a strong game, finishing with 16 kills, two ace serves and 21 digs. Tori Peschel also had 16 kills and she had three ace serves. Megan Klaphake had 34 set assists.

Morris/CA (15-7) 25 25 11 22 15

Sauk Centre (24-2) 14 23 25 25 11

Morris/Chokio-Alberta

Serving (aces): Bailey Marty 1, Kenzie Hockel 1, LeAndra Horman 1, Liz Dietz 1 ... Set assists: Hockel 1, Kenzie Stahlman 1, LaRae Kram 17, Dietz 19, Riley Decker 7 ... Hitting (kills): Marty 15, Jen Solvie 4, Hockel 19, Lexi Pew 13, Dietz 1, Sophie Carlson 3... Blocking (aces): Solvie 1, Pew 2, Carlson 1 ... Digs (5 or more): Marty 26, Hockel 11, Kram 14, Dietz 10, Macey Libbesmeier 7, Decker 35

Sauk Centre

Serving (aces): Tori Peschel 3, Nicole Kortan 2, McKenna Westby 2 ... Set assists: Megan Klaphake 34 ... Hitting (kills): Kortan 16, Peschel 16, Westby 8 ... Blocking (aces): Miranda Middendorf 7, Westby 4 ... Digs (5 or more): Kortan 21, Reece Ritter 24

Paynesville 3, Pierz 0

Paynesville cruised in its final Central Minnesota Conference game of the regular season, sweeping Pierz at home, 25-20, 25-21, 25-13.

Skylar Bayer and Abby Schaefer both finished with three ace serves as the Bulldogs came up with a total of nine. Bayer was also the team's top hitter with 10 kills.

Paynesville will wrap up the regular season Tuesday at home against Osakis.

Pierz (5-16) 20 21 13

Paynesville (17-4) 25 25 25

Pierz

Stats not provided

Paynesville

Serving (aces): Skylar Bayer 3, Abby Schaefer 3, Madi Leyendecker 2, Jenna Lundquist 1 ... Set assists: Lindquist 12, Leyendecker 7, Olivia Riley 4, Hailey Bengtson 4, Schaefer 2 ... Hitting (kills): Bayer 10, Abby Schaefer 6, Harley Kunstleben 5, Lundquist 4 ... Blocking (aces): Brynn Johnson 1 ... Digs (5 or more): Riley 13, Bayer 9, Schaefer 5

YME 3, Redwood Valley 2

Yellow Medicine East bumped its win streak up to 16 games in a five-set nail-biter, holding off Redwood Valley for a non-conference home victory on Thursday.

Meeghen Dahlager came up with a Sting-best 22 kills along with two ace serves and 15 digs. Mackenzie Dyrdahl added 17 kills, 15 digs and three ace blocks, and Madison Hinz moved the ball around with 44 set assists. Lily Jaenisch put the ball down with four of YME's 12 ace serves.

The Sting wrap up the regular season Tuesday at Ortonville.

RV (11-11) 25 20 20 25 9

YME (18-5) 20 25 25 14 15

Redwood Valley

Stats not provided

YME

Serving (aces): Lily Jaenisch 4, Jadyn Sakry 2, Lexi Smith 2, Meeghen Dahlager 2, Mackenzie Dyrdahl 1, Alli Steffen 1 ... Set assists: Madison Hinz 44, Dyrdahl 2, Dahlager 1 ... Hitting (kills): Dahlager 22, Dyrdahl 17, Steffen 8, Hinz 1, Sakry 1, Anayansi Flores 1 ... Blocking (aces): Dyrdahl 3, Steffen 1 ... Digs (5 or more): Dahlager 15, Dyrdahl 15, Steffen 13, Hinz 9, Sakry 6

BOLD 3, Montevideo 2

Montevideo pushed West Central Conference power BOLD to five sets on Thursday on the Thunder Hawks' home court.

BOLD's Makenna Steffel had 23 kills, two solo blocks and 19 digs, and Makayla Snow finished with 35 set assists and six kills.

Kenzie Hoidal finished with a match-high 38 digs for the Thunder Hawks while teammate Cali Christianson tallied four ace serves and 15 kills.

BOLD (21-2) 25 23 20 25 15

Montevideo (6-15) 20 25 25 12 13

BOLD

Serving (aces): Ashley Trongard 1, Brenna Weis 1, Makenna Steffel 1, Makayla Snow 1 ... Set assists: Makayla Snow 35, Brenna Weis 7 ... Hitting (kills): Steffel 23, Trongard 6, Snow 6 ... Blocking (aces): Trongard 3, Steffel 2 ... Digs (5 or more): Weis 24, Steffel 19, Kortney Ruschen 15

Montevideo

Serving (aces): Cali Christianson 4, Noelle Sulflow 2, Kenzie Hoidal 4 ... Set assists: Liv Gades 11, Sulflow 25 ... Hitting (kills): Megan Anderson 4, Maddie Kilibarda 3, Christianson 15, Jasmyn Kronback 11, Sydney Zindel 8 ... Blocking (aces): Kilibarda 2, Zindel 2 ... Digs (5 or more): Katherine Knudson 18, Christianson 22, Hoidal 38, Kronback 8

Maple Lake 3, BBE 0

Maple Lake prevailed in a battle between the top two Central Minnesota Conference teams on Thursday.

Maple Lake (6-1 in the CMC) now leads the Jaguars (5-1) by a half-game.

BBE's Ally Gruber had a team-high 12 kills, and Emily Knight had nine spikes. Brittany Berge and Karsee Kampsen both finished with seven kills.

Kampsen also had 26 set assists and 10 digs.

Maple Lake (14-8) 26 25 25

BBE (19-4) 24 22 21

Maple Lake

Stats not provided

BBE

Serving (aces): Ally Gruber 1, Emily Kern 1, Grace Illies 1 ... Set assists: Kern 2, Emily Knight 1, Illies 5, Karsee Kampsen 26 ... Hitting (kills): Gruber 12, Brittany Berge 7, Kern 1, Knight 9, Illies 2, Jenna Dingmann 1, Kampsen 7, Katherine Mastey 6 ... Blocking (aces): None ... Digs (5 or more): Gruber 7, Berge 5, Kern 17, Illies 5, Dingmann 7, Kampsen 10, Mastey 6

MACCRAY 3, RTR 1

Camden Conference North champion MACCRAY added another win to its conference record on Thursday, beating Russell-Tyler-Ruthton in four sets, 26-24, 25-21, 21-25, 25-21.

Piper Asche had a Wolverine-best 20 kills, followed by a 15-kill, 22-dig effort from Danni Burns. Sydney Thein quarterbacked the offense with 45 set assists, and Kate Hultgren had a team high in ace serves (three) and digs (26).

MACCRAY, 8-3 in the Camden, will compete in the Jimmy John's Classic on Friday and Saturday in Marshall before competing in the Camden Conference championship game against South champion Minneota at 7 p.m. Monday in Clara City.

RTR (10-9) 24 21 25 21

MACCRAY (11-11) 26 25 21 25

RTR

Stats not provided

MACCRAY

Serving (aces): Kate Hultgren 3, Danni Burns 2, Sydney Thein 1, Ella Bourne 1, Piper Asche 1 ... Set assists: Thein 45 ... Hitting (kills): Asche 20, Burns 15, Kylee Kimpling 7, Thein 3, Gabby Randt 2 ... Blocking (aces): Asche 3, Thein 2, Kimpling 2 ... Digs (5 or more): Hultgren 26, Burns 22, Bourne 15, Jami Heida 9, Thein 8, Annie Dykema 5

Benson 3,

ACGC 1

Benson dropped the first set but recovered to take three straight in a West Central Conference match against ACGC on Thursday in Benson.

Benson's Claire Ricard had match-highs with 15 kills and seven solo blocks. Mariah Ahrndt had 15 set assists, seven kills and four service aces. Ellie Moesenthin had 18 assists, three ace serves and eight digs.

ACGC's Lindsey Minnick had seven kills and eight digs and Rachel Wilner had 23 set assists.

ACGC (3-16) 25 20 18 19

Benson (5-13) 21 25 25 25

ACGC

Serving (aces): Lindsey Minnick 1, Shayna Hobson 1 ... Set assists: Rachel Wilner 23 ... Hitting (kills): Minnick 7, Hobson 5, Jeana Denton 1, Erika Tagtow 4, Erika Bagley 3, Pailey Wilner 3, Myli Narragon 1, Mykaela Lange 2 ... Blocking (aces): Hobson 2, Tagtow 1 ... Digs (5 or more): Minnick 8, Denton 15, Noelle Dilley 5, Hailey Messenbrink 6

Benson

Serving (aces): Mariah Ahrndt 4, Ellie Moesenthin 3, Rachel Berens 2, Abbie Mitteness 2, Zoe Doscher 1 ... Set assists: Moesenthin 18, Ahrndt 15, Mitteness 1 ... Hitting (kills): Claire Ricard 15, Ahrndt 7, Berens 5, Beth Cain 4, Maranda Wieber 3, Doscher 1 ... Blocking (aces): Ricard 7, Ahrndt 1 ... Digs (5 or more): Mitteness 30, Doscher 19, Cain 13, Wieber 11, Moesenthin 8, Ahrndt 6, Berens 6

Melrose 3, Minnewaska 0

Minnewaska was unable to pick up a win on the road Thursday, falling to Melrose in three sets in West Central Conference play.

Sara Geiser finished with 15 set assists and five digs for the Lakers. Providing most of the firepower for Minnewaska was Ellie Danielson with 10 kills.

The Lakers close out the regular season Tuesday at home against Morris/Chokio-Alberta.

Minnewaska (9-12) 13 14 16

Melrose (17-9) 25 25 25

Minnewaska

Serving (aces): Sara Geiser 3, Ellie Danielson 1, Kristen Glover 1 ... Set assists: Geiser 15, Sierra Lindemann 1, Emma Thorfinnson 1, Avery Hoeper 1, Makenna Pantizke 1, Brecklynn Beyer 1 ... Hitting (kills): Danielson 10, Thorfinnson 7, Hoeper 2, Alexis Piekarski 1, Beyer 1 ... Blocking (aces): None ... Digs (5 or more): Hoeper 8, Danielson 7, Geiser 5

Melrose

Stats not provided

D-B 3,

Hancock 0

Dawson-Boyd made it two wins in a row with a 3-0 sweep of Hancock Thursday.

Lydia Aafedt tallied 25 set assists and 10 digs, and Karoline Dahl reached double digits with 10 kills.

Hancock (1-18) 14 20 11

D-B (5-14) 25 25 25

Hancock

Stats not provided

Dawson-Boyd

Serving (aces): Mary Bothun 1, Lydia Aafedt 1, Amelia Olson 2, Jenna Wyum 1, Breanna Long 2 ... Set assists: Megan Mamer 1, Aafedt 25, Karoline Dahl 1, Olson 1, Long 2 ... Hitting (kills): Avery Bartunek 5, Bothun 6, Sather 2, Mamer 1, Aafedt 2, Dahl 10, Olson 1, Rachel Hahn 2, Long 2, Olivia Stratmoen 3 ... Blocking (aces): Bartunek 1, Bothun 1 ... Digs (5 or more): Bothun 14, Tarah Johnson 5, Aafedt 10, Dahl 6, Olson 13

St. Clair 3, BLHS 0

Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart fell to 7-5 in Section 2A play following a three-set loss to St. Clair on Thursday.

Sara Kottke had a team-high nine kills for the Mustangs while Alyssa Petersen chipped in with eight kills and eight digs. Marissa Ebbers scooped up 14 digs in the loss.

St. Clair (20-8) 25 25 26

BLHS (9-16) 21 16 24

St. Clair

Stats not provided

Montevideo

Serving (aces): Katie Buboltz 2, Allison Dornseif 2, Marissa Ebbers 1 ... Set assists: Dornseif 17, Sara Kottke 1 ... Hitting (kills): Kottke 9, Alyssa Petersen 8, Rachel Dean 3, Kimberly Novotny 2, Ebbers 1, Buboltz 1, Dornseif 1 ... Blocking (aces): Dean 1 ... Digs (5 or more): Ebbers 14, Buboltz 13, Kottke 8, Chloe Ufkes 7, Petersen 6

Swimming and Diving

Alexandria 118,

Willmar 68

Alexandria sped away with a big win against Willmar Thursday night in Alexandria.

Willmar earned five first place finishes, including two by Ava Brogren in the 200 individual medley and the 100 breastroke.

200 MEDLEY RELAY — (1) Alexandria 2:03.32 (3) Willmar (Natalie Arneds, Ava Brogren, Josie mIller, Avery Welsh) 2:06.10

200 FREESTYLE — (1) Jadeya Peterson, Alex, 2:09.57

200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY — (1) Ava Brogren, Will, 2:25.76

50 FREESTYLE — (1) Hattie Galloway, Alex, 26.04 (2) Amanda Mathiasen, Will, 26.07

DIVING — (1) Erica Schramm, Will, 242.70

100 BUTTERFLY — (1) Aleah Dokter, Alex, 1:12.65 (3) Grace Vierhuf, Will, 1:14.18

100 FREESTYLE — (1) Amanda Mathiasen, Will, 56.51

500 FREESTYLE — (1) Halle Pease, Alex, 6:00.64 (3) Allie Evink, Will, 6:05.15

200 FREESTYLE RELAY — (1) Willmar (Avery Welsh, Erica Schramm, Josie Miller, Amanda Mathisen) 1:47.96 (3) Willmar (Grace Vierhuf, Ana Hernandez, Allie Evink, Adia Laidlaw) 1:55.24

100 BACKSTROKE — (1) McKenna Horan, Alex, 1:05.69

100 BREASTSTROKE — (1) Ava Brogren, Will, 1:12.73

400 FREESTYLE RELAY — (1) Alexandria 3:56.13 (2) Willmar (Amanda Mathiasen, Josie MIller, Allie Evink, Ava Brogren) 3:57.37