WILLMAR — Brainerd jumped on Willmar early and went up 1-0 before the Cardinals were able to string together some solid play.

Willmar carried that late-set momentum into the second to tie the match up. Brainerd found its footing in the third and this time, the Cardinals couldn’t respond as the Warriors left Willmar High School a four-set winner in Tuesday’s Central Lakes Conference match, 25-19, 22-25, 25-23, 25-21.

“They just started out really dead and really quiet,” Cardinals head coach Traci Grussing said of her team. “Once we got some good plays, that kind of woke them up. From that point on, when we were doing well, we seemed really loud and excited. And when we made a mistake, we overthought everything.”

After struggling in the first set, setter Lydia Larson found a groove later in the match, finishing the evening with 41 set assists along with a team-best three ace serves. Her favorite targets on offense were Bailey Olson and Sydney Schnichels, who had 14 and 13 kills, respectively.

Abby Stark came up with a Willmar-best 16 digs, followed by 13 from Olson. The block had an inconsistent night but put up strong numbers, with Madelyn Gregory providing five blocks. Larson and Mackenzie Knofczynski each came up with three blocks.

Willmar goes back on the road Thursday to face Alexandria.



Brainerd 3, Willmar 1

Brainerd (5-3) 25 22 25 25
Willmar (6-3) 19 25 23 21
Brainerd
Stats not available
Willmar
Serving (aces): Abby Stark 2, Lydia Larson 3, Bailey Olson 2, Madelyn Gregory 2, Sophia Kobienia 1 … Set assists: Larson 41, Stark 2 … Hitting (kills): Stark 3, Olson 14, Mackenzie Knofczynski 3, Gregory 8, Kobienia 6, Sydney Schnichels 13 … Blocking (aces): Olson 1, Knofczynski 3, Larson 3, Gregory 5, Kobienia 2, Schnichels 2 … Digs (5 or more): Stark 16, Olson 13, Cambrie Parker 6, Larson 10



NLS 3, BBE 1

New London-Spicer continued its impressive early-season run, fending off Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa and remaining undefeated with a four-set victory Tuesday in New London, 25-20, 25-23, 25-27, 25-23.

Aleah Zieske was one of three Wildcats with double-digit kills, leading the team with 20. Ashlyn Olson came up with 15 while Kendra Bagley added 13. Zieske also led the squad with 25 digs, followed by 22 from Bagley and 20 from Mya Krause.

Brittany Berge was the Jaguars’ top attacker with 15 kills, followed by 10 from Karissa Jones. Karsee Kampsen had a match-high 30 set assists, and Emily Kern scooped up 31 digs in the loss.

BBE (6-3) 20 23 27 23
NLS (8-0) 25 25 25 25
Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa
Serving (aces): Brittany Berge 1, Emily Kern 3, Grace Illies 1, Karsee Kampsen 1, Kylie Winter 3 … Set assists: Kern 3, Karissa Jones 1, Kampsen 30 … Hitting (kills): Ava Muller 5, Berge 15, Illies 6, Jenna Dingmann 3, Karissa Jones 10, Kampsen 3 … Blocking (aces): Muller 1, Berge 2, Illies 1, Kampsen 2 … Digs (5 or more): Kern 31, Illies 19, Jordyn Walstrom 7, Kampsen 14, Winter 13
New London-Spicer
Serving (aces): Kendra Bagley 2, Aleah Zieske 2, Mya Krause 1 … Set assists: Sophie Austvold 28, Ashlyn Olson 1, Payton Mages 1, Presley Arndt-Callenius 20 … Hitting (kills): Bagley 13, Ava Kraemer 4, Olson 15, Zieske 20, Mages 3, Emma Hanson 3 … Blocking (aces): Bagley 1, Kraemer 2 1/2, Olson 2, Mages 1/2 … Digs (5 or more): Austvold 6, Bagley 22, Zieske 25, Krause 20, Arndt-Callenius 5



Benson 3, ACGC 0

Led by a big night from Claire Ricard, Benson picked up a three-set West Central Conference victory over Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, 25-22, 25-14, 28-26.

Richard finished the night with a team-high 17 kills to go with a pair of ace serves and nine digs. Ellie Moesenthin accounted for eight of the Braves’ 16 ace serves while also chiming in with 22 set assists and five digs.

Rachel Wilner had 13 set assists for the Falcons, with Jeana Denton accounting for nine kills. Denton also had a ACGC-best six digs.

ACGC (1-8) 22 14 26
Benson (3-5) 25 25 28
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City
Serving (aces): Erin Roemeling 3 … Set assists: Rachel Wilner 13 … Hitting (kills): Jeana Denton 9, Dani Parker 1, Shayna Hobson 3 … Blocking (aces): Denton 2, Parker 1/2, Hobson 2 1/2, Myli Narragon 2, Wilner 1/2 … Digs (5 or more): Denton 6, Brooke Schroeder 5
Benson
Serving (aces): Zoe Doscher 2, Ellie Moesenthin 8, Claire Ricard 2, Abby Lundebrek 2, Abbie Mitteness 2 … Set assists: Doscher 12, Moesenthin 22, Ricard 1 … Hitting (kills): Sarah Brandt 2, Rachel Berens 11, Kimmy Pagel 4, Ricard 17, Kara Kannegiesser 2, Lundebrek 2 … Blocking (aces): Berens 1/2, Pagel 1/2 … Digs (5 or more): Berens 6, Moesenthin 5, Marissa Connelly 6, Ricard 9, Mitteness 17



BOLD 3, Montevideo 1

BOLD improved to 4-1 on the season following a four-set road win over Montevideo in West Central Conference play on Tuesday, 25-14, 25-7, 19-25, 25-16.

Makayla Snow finished with 21 set assists for the Warriors along with a pair of aces and a block. Leslie Snow led the team with seven kills and three aces, and Brenna Weis came up with 12 digs in the victory.

Avery Koenen did a little bit of everything for the Thunder Hawks with nine kills, four blocks and a pair of ace serves.

BOLD (4-1) 25 25 19 25
Montevideo (3-5) 14 7 25 16
BOLD
Serving (aces): Leslie Snow 3, Ashley Trongard 2, Caylee Weber 2, Mari Ryberg 2, Makayla Snow 2 … Set assists: M Snow 21 … Hitting (kills): L Snow 7, Abby Meyers 5, Weber 5 … Blocking (aces): Trongard 1, M Snow 1 … Digs (5 or more): Brenna Weis 12, Trongard 8, L Snow 7
Montevideo
Serving (aces): Livia Gades 1, Lexi Brockmoller 3, Meghan Erp 1, Jasmyn Kronback 3, Avery Koenen 2 … Set assists: Gades 15, Epema 4, Kronback 2 … Hitting (kills): Megan Anderson 5, Gades 4, Brockmoller 1, Cali Molde 2, Kronback 4, Koenen 9 … Blocking (aces): Koenen 4 … Digs (5 or more): Gades 5



Sauk Centre 3, Morris/CA 0

Morris/Chokio-Alberta fell to 3-6 on the year after getting swept by West Central Conference standout Sauk Centre on Tuesday, 25-8, 25-13, 25-18.

Stats were not available at press time.

Morris/CA (3-6) 8 13 18
Sauk Centre (10-2) 25 25 25



T-M-B 3, CMCS 0

Central Minnesota Christian fell below the .500 mark on Tuesday after a three-set loss to Camden Conference foe Tracy-Milroy-Balaton, 25-17, 25-16, 25-17.

Torri Muzik and Ellie Stoel tied for a Bluejay-best 12 digs, with Stoel also providing a team-best seven kills. Katelyn Graves led CMCS at the net with three blocks.

CMCS (2-3) 17 16 17
T-M-B (6-3) 25 25 25
Central Minnesota Christian
Serving (aces): Ellie Stoel 1, Maaike Duininck 1, Molly Mulder 1, Torri Muzik 1 … Set assists: Coco Duininck 17 … Hitting (kills): Stoel 7, Mulder 6, Emma Van Dyken 4, M Duininck 2, Katelyn Graves 1, C Duininck 1 … Blocking (aces): Graves 3, Van Dyken 2, Stoel 1, Mulder 1, M Duininck 1 … Digs (5 or more): Muzik 12, Stoel 12, Mulder 7, Sydney Damhof 6, C Duininck 6, M Duininck 5
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton
Stats not available



YME 3, D-B 2

After narrowly escaping with a 27-25 victory during its opening set against Dawson-Boyd, Yellow Medicine East came back from a 2-1 hole to take Tuesday’s home match in five sets.

Just like the opening frame, the Sting won the final set by two points, 16-14.

Several players had monster performances for the hosts. Senior setter Madison Hinz piled up team-highs with 40 assists and four aces. Junior outside hitter Alli Steffen also had a pair of team-highs, as she produced 17 kills and 26 digs, along with three aces.

On the other end of the floor, the Blackjacks were led by junior setter Kyndall Franzky, who had 38 assists and a team-best three aces. Senior middle hitter Avery Bartunek and junior middle Karoline Dahl each had match-highs with 18 kills.



D-B (4-6) 25 25 25 17 14
YME (5-4) 27 20 19 25 16
Dawson-Boyd
Serving (aces): Avery Bartunek 1, Grace Johnson 4, Tarah Johnson 1, Kyndall Franzky 3, Karoline Dahl 1, Amelia Olson 2, Ella Mork 1 … Set assists: T Johnson 1, Franzky 38, Kar Dahl 1, Olson 1, Kate Dahl 2 … Hitting (kills): Bartunek 18, Megan Mamer 3, Franzky 1, Kar Dahl 18, Olson 1, Kate Dahl 4, Ayiana Hastad 2 … Blocking (aces): Bartunek 1, Mamer 1/2, Franzky 1, Kar Dahl 1/2, Kate Dahl 1 … Digs (5 or more): Bartunek 9, T Johnson 10, Franzky 10, Kar Dahl 10, Olson 11
Yellow Medicine East
Serving (aces): Madison Hinz 4, Alli Steffen 3, Yansi Flores 1, Shelby Mortenson 1 … Set assists: Hinz 40, Abby Jaenisch 2, Alexis Smith 1 … Hitting (kills): Steffen 17, Flores 12, Mortenson 10, Ruby Bones 7, Jadyn Sakry 2 … Blocking (aces): Bones 4, Mortenson 3, Flores 3, Sakry 2, Steffen 1 … Digs (5 or more): Steffen 26, Jaenisch 16, Sakry 10, Flores 10, Hinz 10, Mortenson 5



Canby 3, KMS 0

Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg is still searching for its first Camden Conference win after losing in straight sets to Canby on Tuesday, 25-22, 25-16, 25-21.

Lauren Krieger and Haylee Johnson led the Saints with seven kills apiece and Grace Collins and Josie Gjerde both had 10 set assists. Hallie Nichols was the back row leader with 12 digs.

KMS (3-5) 22 16 21
Canby 25 25 25
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg
Serving (aces): Hallie Nichols 1, Lauren Krieger 1, Haylee Johnson 1, Grace Collins 1, Maret Gjerde 1 … Set assists: Nichols 1, Morgan Lesteberg 3, Collins 10, Josie Gjerde 10 … Hitting (kills): Claire Hauge 3, Krieger 7, Johnson 7, M Gjerde 6, Makenna Kelley 3, Katie Klaphake 1, J Gjerde 1, Hayley Demuth 1 … Blocking (aces): Hauge 1, Johnson 2 1/2, Kelley 1, Klaphake 1/2, Demuth 1 … Digs (5 or more): Nichols 12, Lesteberg 5, Krieger 5, Collins 8, M Gjerde 7
Canby
Stats not available



Minneota 3, MACCRAY 0

MACCRAY was overmatched in its match against Minneota, as the Wolverines were defeated in three sets 25-11, 25-7, 25-14 on Tuesday.

Sophomore defensive specialist Ella Bourne had a team-high 13 digs while senior middle hitter Gracie Slagter delivered five kills and three blocks.



MACCRAY (1-4) 11 7 14
Minneota (9-1) 25 25 25
MACCRAY
Serving (aces): Kate Hultgren 1 … Set assists: Sydney Thein 9, Hultgren 5 … Hitting (kills): Annie Dykema 6, Gracie Slagter 5, Sydney Thein 2, Kylee Kimpling 2 … Blocking (aces): Slagter 3, Thein 3, Kimpling 2, Gabby Randt 1 … Digs (5 or more): Ella Bourne 13, Jaimi Heida 10, Dykema 6
Minneota
Stats not available



R-T-R 3, RCW 0,

After falling in a closely-contested opening set, Renville County West could not keep pace with Russell-Tyler-Ruthton, as the Jaguars lost in three sets. The set scores were 25-22, 25-7, and 25-9.

Senior libero Vanessa Savig led the visitors with 17 digs while senior setter Lauren Wulf added 11 assists, nine digs, four kills and was one of four Jags with a pair of blocks.

On Thursday, RCW will host Minneota at 7:15 p.m.



RCW (2-6) 22 7 9
R-T-R (6-2) 25 25 25
Renville County West
Serving (aces): Ali Aalderks 1 … Set assists: Lauren Wulf 11 … Hitting (kills): Cora Hanson 1, Alice Hanson 3, L. Wulf 4, Katie Marr 2, Hannah Pharr 4, Vanessa Savig 1 … Blocking (aces): C. Hanson 2, L. Wulf 2, Marr 2, Pharr 2 … Digs (5 or more): A. Hanson 7, Aalderks 6, L. Wulf 9, Lauren Allex 5, Savig 17
Russell-Tyler-Ruthton
Stats not available