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Wildcats need 4 sets to top Cards

Host Willmar couldn't adjust to New London-Spicer's big block

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Willmar’s Bailey Olson passes the ball during a match against New London-Spicer Monday evening at Willmar Senior High School in Willmar. Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune

WILLMAR — The New London-Spicer volleyball team won a hard-fought Monday night match with Willmar on Monday night.

The Wildcats beat the Cardinals 25-20, 19-25, 25-20, 25-17.

NLS is ranked fourth in the state in Class 2A QRF power rankings and improves to 23-2 with the victory.

“I think they had a huge block and we didn’t adjust well to that,” Willmar head coach Traci Grussing said. “We didn’t put the ball where it was open. We knew where we should’ve been putting the ball, but we didn’t do it.”

New London-Spicer received eight blocks from Ava Kraemer and five more from Payton Mages.

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For Willmar (10-6), Abby Stark set the school’s all-time record for digs. She recorded her 1,095th career dig in the second set and was acknowledged by the public-address announcer. She received a round of applause. Stark broke the record of 1,094 set by Hannah Smith, a 2009 graduate.

Willmar faces Central Lakes Conference opponent Rocori at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Willmar.

NLS returns to Wright County Conference play with a match at 7 p.m. Tuesday at home against Annandale.

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New London-Spicer’s Sophia Austvold, left, Kendra Bagley, Ashlyn Olson and Ava Kraemer cheer after scoring a point during a match against Willmar Monday evening at Willmar Senior High School in Willmar. Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune

NLS 3, Willmar 1

New London-Spicer (23-2) 25 19 25 25
Willmar (10-6) 20 25 20 17
NLS
Serving (aces): Aleah Zieske 2, Kendra Bagley 1, Presley Arendt-Callenius 1 … Set assists: Arendt-Callenius 20, Sophie Austvold 15 … Hitting (kills): Zieske 9, Ashlyn Olson 12, Ava Kraemer 4, Emma Hanson 5, Bagley 11, Mya Krause 1, Mages 3, Austvold 1 … Blocking (aces): Zieske 2, Olson 4, Kraemer 8, Hanson 1, Bagley 2, Mages 5 … Digs (5 or more): Zieske 13, Hanson 5, Bagley 9, Krause 21, Mages 7, Arendt-Callenius 7, Austvold 8.
Willmar
Serving (aces): Abby Stark 5, Bailey Olson 1, Callie Slagter 1, Cambrie Parker 1 … Set assists: Abby Stark 3, Lydia Larson 38 … Hitting (kills): Abby Teisinger 1, Olson 3, MacKenzie Knofczynski 3, Larson 2, Madelyn Gregory 8, Marissa Rosen 1, Sophie Kobenia 14, Sydney Schnichels 8 … Blocking (aces): Teisinger 1, Olson 1, Knofczynski 1, Larson 1, Gregory 3, Kobenia 3 … Digs (5 or more): Stark 19, Olson 13, Slagter 12, Parker 5, Larson 9, Kobenia 9, Schnichels 5.

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Rockford 3, Paynesville 0

Paynesville suffered its fifth straight loss on Monday as Rockford swept the Bulldogs, 25-16, 25-13, 26-24.

Kyleigh Tangen and Harley Kunstleben each finished with five kills for Paynesville. Skylar Burg led the Bulldogs with 11 digs.

Paynesville plays host to Holdingford on Thursday.

Paynesville (5-15) 16 13 24
Rockford (14-3) 25 25 26
Paynesville
Serving (aces): None … Set assists: Aubrie Spanier 6, Madi Leyendecker 11, Skylar Burg 1, Allie Kalkbrenner 2 … Hitting (kills): Spanier 1, Leyendecker 1, Burg 1, Kalkbrenner 2, Kyleigh Tangen 5, Brynn Johnson 3, Ashley Osendorf 2, Harley Kunstleben 5, Natalie Riley 1 … Blocking (aces): Osendorf 2, Brooklyn Schroeder 1/2, Kunstleben 1/2 … Digs (5 or more): Leyendecker 8, Burg 11, Tangen 6
Rockford
Stats not available

CGB 3, Dawson-Boyd 0

Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley won the non-conference match 25-17, 25-19, 25-23 in Graceville.

CGB improves to 16-3 with the victory.

Karoline Dahl had 14 kills, Bartunek added 10 kills and Megan Marner had eight to lead the attack for Dawson-Boyd.

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The Blackjacks are host to MACCRAY at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday in Dawson.

Dawson-Boyd (8-15) 17 19 23
Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley (16-3) 25 25 25
DB
Serving (aces): Avery Bartunek 1, Kyndall Franzky 2, Karoline Dahl 1, Amelia Olson 1 … Set assists: Franzky 32 … Hitting (kills): Bartunek 10, Megan Marner 8, Franzky 1, Kar. Dahl 14, Amelia Olson 1, Kate Dahl 3, Ayiana Hastad 1 … Blocking (aces): Marner 1/2, Franzky 1 1/2;, Kar. Dahl 1, Hastad 1 … Digs (5 or more): Bartunek 10, Tarah Johnson 9, Kar. Dahl 9, Olson 6.
CGB
Stats not available.


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Willmar’s Lydia Larson sets the ball during a match against New London-Spicer Monday evening at Willmar Senior High School in Willmar. Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune

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