KERKHOVEN — Senior middle hitter Haylee Johnson produced a team-high 15 kills, sophomore setter Grace Collins collected 30 assists and four players put up 10 or more digs as the Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg girls volleyball team reached the .500 mark for the first time this season following a three-set sweep over Lac qui Parle Valley.

With set scores of 25-21, 25-19, 25-13, the Fighting Saints bumped their winning streak to three while head coach Joquel Molenaar earned her 100th career win.

Following an ace from junior libero Sidney Gerdes, the visitors led 7-6 early in the opening set until KMS earned a bit of a cushion thanks to a 6-1 run. With a block from sophomore middle hitter Rylee Sawatzky, the Eagles tied the match 13-13 before a 4-0 surge resulted in a LQPV timeout.

The Eagles closed to a two-point deficit twice, but the Fighting Saints closed out the frame after a kill from junior outside hitter Lauren Krieger and an ace from junior middle hitter Makenna Kelley.

Lac qui Parle Valley sophomore outside hitter Tori Bungarden aims for a kill during Tuesday's match against Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg from KMS High School. 

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Lac qui Parle Valley sophomore outside hitter Tori Bungarden aims for a kill during Tuesday's match against Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg from KMS High School. Patrick Bernadeau/West Central Tribune

In the second frame, KMS got its separation early. With a Johnson tip, the home team was in front 8-3, leading to a timeout from LQPV head coach Molly Hennen. The visitors immediately responded with a 6-1 run of their own to close to within 12-9. Sawatzky got her squad to within 14-13 following a tip over a block, but sparked by two Johnson kills, the Fighting Saints put the set away with a 5-0 run.

KMS put away the Eagles with its largest set-victory of the night.

Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunberg senior defensive specialist Morgan Lesteberg collects a dig during Tuesday's match against Lac qui Parle Valley from KMS High School. 

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Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunberg senior defensive specialist Morgan Lesteberg collects a dig during Tuesday's match against Lac qui Parle Valley from KMS High School. Patrick Bernadeau/West Central Tribune

Riding a season-best winning streak, the Fighting Saints will look to be above .500 for the first time in their 2019 campaign when the team travels to MACCRAY on Thursday. Lac qui Parle Valley will also be on the road on Thursday, as it will face Central Minnesota Christian.

KMS 3, LQPV 0

LQPV (9-12) 21 19 13
KMS (7-7) 25 25 25
Lac qui Parle Valley
Stats not available
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg
Serving (aces): Halie Nichols 4, Gjerde 4, Makenna Kelley 2, Lizzy Mansfield 1 … Set assists: Grace Collins 30, Nichols 1 … Hitting (kills): Haylee Johnson 15, Kelley 6, Lauren Krieger 4, Gjerde 3, Katie Klaphake 2, Claire Hauge 2, Grace Collins 1 … Blocking (aces): Hauge 1, Johnson 1, Kelley 1, Klaphake 1 … Digs (5 or more): Collins 16, Morgan Lesteberg 12, Krieger 11, Nichols 11, Gjerde 9, Mansfield 5



Willmar 3, Sauk Rapids 2

Willmar moved to 6-3 in the Central Lakes Conference with the five-set home win over Sauk Rapids on Tuesday night.

The Cardinals beat the Storm 25-19, 25-9, 21-25, 25-27, 15-8.

“The first two sets, we played well, we took care of business and everybody did what they were supposed to be doing,” Willmar head coach Traci Grussing said. “The third set, first our passing broke down. And then from there, we let them get a good start. They were ahead 6-1 because of our serve-receive. Then things got a little bit frantic for a while.”

Bailey Olson paced the Cardinal offense with 19 kills. Lydia Larson had 47 set assists. Callie Slagter had 20 digs.

This one was much closer than the first meeting, when Willmar won 3-0 Aug. 27 in Sauk Rapids.

“We know that we kind of gave them sets three and four,” Grussing said. “I don’t think Sauk Rapids changed anything they were doing, we just didn’t play well.”

The Cardinals are host to New London-Spicer at 7 p.m. Monday.

Sauk Rapids (5-8) 19 9 25 27 8
Willmar (10-5) 25 25 21 25 15
Sauk Rapids
Stats not available
Willmar
Serving (aces): Abby Stark 4, Bailey Olson 3, Callie Slagter 1, Cambrie Parker 3, Lydia Larson 2, Madelyn Gregory 2 … Set assists: Larson 47, Lizze Eide 6, Slagter 4 … Hitting (kills): Stark 2, Abby Teisinger 1, Olson 19, Gregory 4, Mackenzie Knofczynski 4, Marissa Rosen 3, Sophie Kobienia 15, Sydney Schnichels 9 … Blocking (aces): Teisinger 2, Olson 1, Knofczynski 3, Larson 1, Gregory 3, Schnichels 1, Kobienia 6 … Digs (5 or more): Stark 11, Olson 5, Slagter 20, Parker 14, Larson 6

W-M 3, NLS 2

New London-Spicer took just its second loss of the season and its first in Wright County Conference competition as Watertown-Mayer pulled off the five-set win on Tuesday, 25-25, 25-18, 25-21, 21-25, 15-13.

Aleah Zieske had a Wildcat-best 16 kills, followed by 14 from Ashlyn Olson. Olson also had five blocks while teammate Ava Kraemer had a team-best six ace blocks. Mya Krause tallied 39 digs in the loss.

W-M (18-5) 23 25 25 21 15
NLS (21-2) 25 18 21 25 13
Watertown-Mayer
Stats not available
New London-Spicer
Serving (aces): Kendra Bagley 2, Mya Krause 2, Payton Mages 1, Presley Arndt-Callenius 1, Sophie Austvold 1 … Set assists: Arndt-Callenius 24, Austvold 22, Krause 5, Emma Hanson 2, Ashlyn Olson 1, Ava Kraemer 1, Bagley 1 … Hitting (kills): Aleah Zieske 16, Olson 14, Kraemer 5, Hanson 8, Bagley 8, Mages 7, Arndt-Callenius 1 … Blocking (aces): Olson 5, Kraemer 6, Mages 2 … Digs (5 or more): Zieske 18, Olson 5, Bagley 19, Krause 39, Arndt-Callenius 10, Austvold 8



Litchfield 3, D-C 1

Snapping a two-match losing streak, Litchfield captured its 12th win of the 2019 campaign following a four-set victory over Dassel-Cokato 25-23, 25-16, 18-25, 25-12.

The Dragons earned nine aces from the service line, led by Kristin Foley, who collected three. Foley also contributed 14 digs and 31 assists to pace the victors.

Offensively, Sydney McCann and Lily Osterberg each had double-figure kill totals with 13 and 11, respectively. Greta Hansen led Litchfield with 3-1/2 blocks while Kamri Driver was the team leader in the digs category, putting up 28.

After the win at home, the Dragons will have their next matches on the road, beginning with a Thursday match-up with Annandale.



D-C (10-8) 23 16 25 12
Litchfield (12-6) 25 25 18 25
Dassel-Cokato
Stats not available
Litchfield
Serving (aces): Kristin Foley 3, Kylie Ehlers 2, Rachel Foley 2, Sydney McCann 1, Lily Osterberg 1 … Set assists: K. Foley 31, Kamri Driver 3, Ehlers 2, Greta Hansen 2, McCann 1, Osterberg 1 … Hitting (kills): McCann 13, Osterberg 11, Colby Christensen 8, Hansen 7, K. Foley 3, R. Foley 2, Driver 1, Jocilyn Olson 1 … Blocking (aces): Hansen 3 1/2, Christensen 3, R. Foley 1 1/2, Osterberg 1/2, K. Foley 1/2 … Digs (5 or more): Driver 28, K. Foley 14, McCann 13, Ehlers 9, Hansen 7, Osterberg 6



Montevideo 3, ACGC 2

After starting 0-9 in West Central Conference play, Montevideo picked up its first conference win and avenged an earlier loss to Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City with a five-set victory Tuesday, 25-11, 25-20, 21-25, 23-25, 15-13.

Avery Koenen helped put the Thunder Hawks in the win column with 12 kills, eight digs, two ace serves and four blocks. Jasmyn Kronback came through with 36 digs and 10 kills, and Livia Gades ended the night with 25 set assists and five ace serves.

The Falcons’ top attacker was Shayna Hobson with eight kills along with 3-1/2 blocks. Noelle Dilley had a team-best 15 set assists, and Jeana Denton came up with six kills, five digs and a block.

ACGC (1-18) 11 20 25 25 13
Montevideo (4-14) 25 25 21 23 15
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City
Serving (aces): Brooke Schroeder 1, Erin Roemeling 1, Dani Parker 4 … Set assists: Rachel Wilner 11, Noelle Dilley 15, Roemeling 2, Parker 1 … Hitting (kills): Wilner 6, Jeana Denton 6, Shayna Hobson 8, Roemeling 1, Parker 5, Myli Narragon 4 … Blocking (aces): Wilner 1, Denton 1, Hobson 3 1/2, Roemeling 1, Parker 1 1/2, Narragon 2 1/2 … Digs (5 or more): Denton 5
Montevideo
Serving (aces): Livia Gades 5, Meghan Erp 4, Tegan Marty 2, Cali Molde 1, Jasmyn Kronback 1, Avery Koenen 2 … Set assists: Gades 25, Tenley Epema 15, Marty 2, Jaysa Herfendal 1, Kronback 1, Koenen 2 … Hitting (kills): Megan Anderson 5, Gades 10, Lexi Brockmoller 1, Marty 1, Molde 6, Herfendal 3, Kronback 10, Koenen 12 … Blocking (aces): Anderson 1, Herfendal 2, Kronback 1, Koenen 4 … Digs (5 or more): Gades 15, Brockmoller 5, Erp 16, Marty 33, Kronback 36, Koenen 8



Sauk Centre 3, Minnewaska 0

The top team in the West Central Conference met the third-place team in the standings and the top team, Sauk Centre, prevailed.

The Mainstreeters, 10-0 in the WCC, beat Minnewaska 25-18, 25-23, 25-16.

Alexis Piekarski had seven kills and 12 digs to lead the Lakers (6-4 WCC), who are host to Melrose, the WCC’s second-place team, at 7:15 p.m. Thursday.

Minnewaska (9-6) 18 23 16
Sauk Centre (16-2) 25 25 25
Minnewaska
Serving (aces): Avery Hoeper 1, Alexis Piekarski 1, Grace Bartels 2 … Set assists: Sara Geiser 24, MaKena Panizke 2, Piekarski 1, Ellie Danielson 1 … Hitting (kills): Hoeper 3, Piekarski 7, Danielson 13, Geiser 4, Emma Torfinnson 3, Panizke 4 … Blocking (aces): Hoeper 2 … Digs (5 or more): Hoeper 8, Piekarski 12, Danielson 25, Geiser 5, Thorfinnson 6, Panizke 10
Sauk Centre
Serving (aces): Maddie Nelson 2, Mckenna Westby 1, Tori Peschel 3, Mariah Ahrens 1 … Set assists: Megan Klaphake 25, Nelson 3, Claire Neubert 1, Peschel 2 … Hitting (kills): Klaphake 3, Mckenna Westby 11, Jackie Middendorf 5, Neubert 4, Emma Kittleson 10, Peschel 8 … Blocking (aces): Westby 1, Middendorf 1, Kittleson 3 … Digs (5 or more): Klaphake 18, Nelson 13, Westby 14, Neubert 9, Peschel 13, Ahrens 5, Alyssa Denk 5.



Melrose 3, Morris/CA 1

Morris/Chokio-Alberta was able to get a set on Melrose, but the Dutchmen were able to close out Tuesday’s West Central Conference match in four, 25-16, 25-19, 14-25, 25-21.

The loss snapped the Tigers’ win streak at four games.

Lexi Pew and Sophia Carlsen led Morris/CA’s attack with six kills each. Pew added nine digs and an ace serve. LaRae Kram had 16 set assists while six different players ended up with kills for the Tigers.



Morris/CA (7-8) 16 19 25 21
Melrose (10-4) 25 25 14 25
Morris/Chokio-Alberta
Serving (aces): Kenzie Hockel 1, Lexi Pew 1 … Set assists: LaRae Kram 16, Pew 1 … Hitting (kills): Emma Berlinger 4, Emma Bowman 2, Hockel 1, Kram 2, Pew 6, Sophia Carlsen 6 … Blocking (aces): Hockel 1, Pew 3, Carlsen 1 … Digs (5 or more): Courtney Lehman 22, Berlinger 5, Jaden Ross 12, Kram 9, Pew 14, Macee Libbesmeier 19
Melrose
Stats not available



BOLD 3, Benson 2

BOLD beat Benson 25-18, 25-15, 20-25, 22-25, 15-12 in a West Central Conference match.

Benson, now 2-8 in the WCC, plays at 7:15 p.m. Thursday at Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City.

BOLD, 6-4 in the WCC, is host to Montevideo at 7:15 p.m. Thursday.

BOLD (12-8) 25 25 20 22 15
Benson (7-12) 18 15 25 25 12
BOLD
Serving (aces): Leslie Snow 4, Makayla Snow 2, Brenna Weis 1, Mari Ryberg 1 … Set assists: M Snow 33, Weis 6 … Hitting (kills): Ashley Trongard 14, M Snow 8, L Snow 8 … Blocking (aces): Abby Meyers 3, Trongard 2, Caylee Weber 2 … Digs (5 or more): L Snow 25, M Snow 18, Weis 14
Benson
Serving (aces): Mariah Ahrndt 1, Zoe Doscher 1, Ellie Moesenthin 2 … Set assists: Doscher 18, Moesenthin 17, Abbie Mitteness 2 … Hitting (kills): Ahrndt 6, Rachel Berens 6, Beth Cain 3, Moesenthin 1, Claire Ricard 17, Kara Kanneglesser 4, Abby Lundebrek 4 … Blocking (aces): Ahrendt 2, Moesenthin 2, Ricard 3, Kanneglesser 1, Lundebrek 1, Mitteness 1 … Digs (5 or more): Ahrndt 8, Doscher 9, Cain 11, Moesenthin 7, Marissa Connelly 5, Ricard 24, Mitteness



MACCRAY 3, RCW 0

MACCRAY improved to 4-5 in the Camden Conference with a sweep over Renville County West, 25-14, 25-10, 25-13.

Sydney Thein and Kylee Kimpling each had eight kills for the Wolverines, with Thein adding nine digs, two ace serves and a pair of blocks. Ella Bourne had a team-high 24 digs in the win.

The Jaguars’ Vanessa Savig came up with 16 digs along with a pair of kills. Lauren Wulf tallied nine set assists and six digs.

MACCRAY (13-8) 25 25 25
RCW (4-15) 14 10 13
MACCRAY
Serving (aces): Sydney Thein 2, Ella Bourne 2, Kate Hultgren 1, Abigail Pieper 3 … Set assists: Hultgren 15, Thein 9 … Hitting (kills): S Thein 8, Annie Dykema 1, Kylee Kimpling 8, Gracie Slagter 7, Gabby Randt 2, Elsie Sumner 1, Kaisa Jaenisch 1 … Blocking (aces): Dykema 1, Slagter 1, Jordan Thein 1, S Thein 2, Kimpling 3, Randt 2 … Digs (5 or more): S Thein 9, Bourne 24, Hultgren 6, Dykema 16, JoAnna Johnson 5
Renville County West
Serving (aces): Lauren Wulf 1, Lauren Allex 1, Vanessa Savig 1 … Set assists: Wulf 9, Addyson Tanner 1, Abi Gasca 1, Savig 1 … Hitting (kills): Cora Hanson 2, Alice Hanson 1, Wulf 3, Katie Marr 3, Allex 1, Hannah Pharr 2, Savig 2 … Blocking (aces): Wulf 1, Pharr 2 … Digs (5 or more): A Hanson 6, Wulf 6, Savig 16



T-M-B 3, YME 0

Dropping its sixth consecutive non-tournament match, the Yellow Medicine East girls volleyball team fell to 9-11 overall this season after a three-set loss at home to Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 25-17, 25-17, 25-21.

Alli Steffen produced a team-high 14 digs along with nine kills. Yansi Flores also had nine kills to go with her 10 digs and Sting-best two aces. Madison Hinz chipped in with 18 assists while Ruby Bones led her squad with four blocks.

The Sting will look to get back into the win on Thursday as they will host Lakeview.

T-M-B (14-5) 25 25 25
YME (9-11) 17 17 21
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton
Stats not available
Yellow Medicine East
Serving (aces): Yansi Flores 2, Shelby Mortenson 1, Jadyn Sakry 1 … Set assists: Madison Hinz 18, Abby Jaenisch 2, Alexis Smith 2 … Hitting (kills): Alli Steffen 9, Flores 9, Mortenson 3, Ruby Bones 3, Hinz 2, Jaenisch 1 … Blocking (aces): Bones 4, Steffen 3, Flores 1, Mortenson 1 … Digs (5 or more): Steffen 14, Flores 10, Smith 10, Hinz 5, Jaenisch 5



D-B 3, CMCS 1,

Dawson-Boyd broke a six-match losing streak to win its first Camden Conference match of the season by beating Central Minnesota Christian 13-25, 25-19, 25-19, 25-19.

Karoline Dahl had 22 kills and Avery Bartunek added 20 for the Blackjacks, who are 1-8 in the Camden North.

Molly Mulder had 11 kills for CMCS, which is 2-7 in the conference.

CMCS (10-11) 25 19 19 19
D-B (5-11) 13 25 25 25
Central Minnesota Christian
Serving (aces): Coco Duininck 2, Maaike Duininck 2, Torri Muzik 2 … Set assists: C Duininck 31, M Duininck 1 … Hitting (kills): Molly Mulder 11, Elli Stoel 9, M Duininck 6, Emma Van Dyken 4, Katelyn Graves 3, C Duininck 3 … Blocking (aces): Van Dkyen 3, Mulder 3, Graves 2 … Digs (5 or more): Muzik 13, Mulder 10, Stoel 9, Sydney Damhof 6
Dawson-Boyd
Serving (aces): Avery Bartunek 1, Grace Johnson 1, Tarah Johnson 2, Megan Marner 1, Kyndall Franzky 1, Karoline Dahl 1, Amelia Olson 1 … Set assists: Franzky 40, Dahl 4, Olson 2, Bartunek 1, T. Johnson 1, Kate Dahl 1 … Hitting (kills): Bartunek 20, T. Johnson 1, Marner 6, Franzky 1, Kar. Dahl 22, Olson 3, Kate Dahl 4, Ayiana Hastad 1 … Blocking (aces): Bartunek 1 1/2, Marner 1 1/2, Franzky 1, Kar. Dahl 1/2, Kate Dahl 1/2 … Digs (5 or more): Bartunek 10, Johnson 12, Franzky 5, Kar. Dahl 6, Olson 12



Wabasso 3, BLHS 1

The Wabasso Rabbits beat Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart in a Tomahawk Conference match, 29-27, 21-25, 25-21, 25-17.

Wabaso improved to 4-1 in the conference. BLHS, 2-4 in the Tomahawk, is host to New Ulm Cathedral at 7 p.m. Thursday in Hector.

Wabasso (6-15) 29 21 25 25
BLHS (11-14) 27 25 21 17
Wabasso
Stats not available
Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart

Serving (aces): Katie Buboltz 3, Allison Dornself 3, Marissa Ebbers 1 … Set assists: Dornself 34, Kristi Kottke 3 … Hitting (kills): Ebbers 2, Emilie Hable 4, Sara Kottke 21, Tia Weispfennig 8… Blocking (aces): S. Kottke 1 … Digs (5 or more): Katie Buboltz 19, Ebbers 10, S. Kottke 11, Jessica Novotny 5, Rachel Kottke 12.