MARSHALL - After the first day of the Subway Classic volleyball tournament at Southwest Minnesota State University and Marshall High School, three area teams finished pool play undefeated to enter today.
Westbrook-Walnut Grove, Murray County Central, Dawson-Boyd and Russell-Tyler-Ruthton all qualified for the Gold Division by capturing their pools on Friday.
Wabasso will be the top seed in the Brown Division, while Red Rock Central captured the fifth seed, and Lincoln HI will compete in the White Division.
Photo by Alex Oey
Red Rock Central’s Katie Larsen (7)?and Melanie Kedl (9) block back a hit from Central Minnesota Christian’s Kristin Slagter during opening day play at the Subway Classic Friday at Marshall High School. CMCS won the match in two sets.
In Pool One, Lincoln HI was unable to overcome Adrian or Windom Area, falling 25-17, 25-22 and 25-11, 25-12, respectively.
WWG went 2-0 in Pool Two, defeating Martin Luther-GHEC 25-16, 25-13 before Renville County West pushed them to three games, 24-26, 25-17, 15-11.
"We just came off of Red Rock Central last night, and that was five games," said Charger head coach Cathy Baumann. "We came out kind of cold in the first game, but we were able to do it. They turned around and the last game we were able to come out strong."
RRC finished 1-1 in Pool Four, defeating Lac qui Parle Valley 25-13, 25-19 before falling to Central Minnesota Christian 17-25, 16-25.
"In the first match, I thought we played with a little more intensity than we did in the second match," said Falcons head coach Sara Arfsten. "They weren't communicating. I just want them to play the best they can."
Pool Six was the only pool to contain two area teams. Dawson-Boyd defeated Wabasso in three games, 25-15, 11-25, 15-11.
"Our biggest thing is being ready to play," said D-B assistant coach Tanya Thesing. "They just needed to get ready, stay focused and do their job."
Both teams scored wins over Hills-Beaver Creek - the Blackjacks winning 25-15, 25-19 and the Rabbits winning 25-17, 25-9.
"We just knew that you can't ever let a server get over five points in a rotation, that's on us," said Wabasso head coach Barb Johnson. "It was basically we had to do the job we were supposed to do."
Pools Seven and Eight played crossover games on the same court. In Pool Seven, RTR went 0-2, falling to Worthington 25-27, 25-20, 7-15 in the first match.
"We came out kind of flat against Worthington," said RTR head coach TJ Williams. "We went three against them, but couldn't pull it off."
MCC picked up wins over the Knights, 25-20, 25-21 and Gibbon-Winthrop-Fairfax 25-11, 25-22.
"We're coming off of a long night (Thursday) night," said MCC head coach Kati Bobeldyk. "But we're playing our best volleyball right now. It's a fun time."
Pool Play Results
Adrian def. Lincoln HI 25-17, 25-22
RCW def. ML-GHEC 25-20, 25-11
St. James def. CMC 25-20, 22-25, 15-9
RRC def. LQPV 25-13, 25-19
Springfield def. MACCRAY 27-25, 26-28, 17-15
Dawson-Boyd def. Wabasso 25-14, 11-25, 15-11
Worthington def. RTR 27-25, 20-25, 15-7
Windom def. Lincoln HI 25-11, 25-12
WWG def. ML-GHEC 25-16, 25-13
SWU def. CMC 25-22, 23-25, 15-8
CMCS def. LQPV 25-11, 25-22
MACCRAY def. Fulda 25-11, 25-15
Dawson-Boyd def. HBC 25-15, 25-19
Worthington def. GFW 15-25, 25-23, 15-8
Windom def. Adrian 25-14, 25-14
WWG def. RCW 24-26, 25-17, 15-11
SWU def. St. James 25-14, 23-25, 15-11
CMCS def. RRC 25-17, 25-16
Springfield def. Fulda 25-21, 25-11
Wabasso def. HBC 25-17, 25-9
MCC def. RTR 25-20, 25-21
MCC def. GFW 25-11, 25-22