MARSHALL - Dan Westby said he challenged his Marshall Tigers team to come out sharp and take charge against Lac qui Parle Valley in its first-round match of the Section 3AA-North playoffs. That wasn't quite the case, but against an overmatched opponent, it didn't matter.
The top-ranked Tigers overcame some shaky passing and a couple of service errors early on and still breezed past the Eagles for a 25-8, 25-10, 25-16 win Friday night in Marshall.
The Tigers (23-5 overall) advance to play No. 4 seed Benson (12-12-1) at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Marshall High School. The Braves swept No. 5 seed Redwood Valley on Friday.
Photo by Matt Dahlseid
Marshall outside hitter Kenzie Beekman, center, hits past the block of Lac qui Parle Valley’s Jordan Halvorson, left, for a kill during Friday’s first-round match of the Section 3AA-North tournament at Marshall High School.
LQPV finishes its season with a 5-20 record.
Marshall entered Friday's match following a long nine-day layoff. Though the Tigers never really struggled with the Eagles, they didn't get off to the rousing start that they had hoped for as LQPV was within 7-5 early on following a few Marshall miscues.
"One of the things we said was we wanted to be crisp tonight, and we really weren't to start the match," Westby said. "I think we had two service errors in the first five points, and we just can't afford to do that. We've got to come out and take care of business, and we really didn't do that early on. But I thought we did play better as the match went on."
Marshall ended the first set on an 18-3 run, and with improved passing throughout the match, the Tigers cruised through the next two sets.
Despite a few serving errors, Westby said he thought the Tigers did fairly well in that aspect of the game. They finished the match with 16 ace serves. Kenzie Beekman was 12-for-12 serving with four aces, Maci Louwagie was 13-for-13 with two aces, and Rachel Sanow added three ace serves.
When they weren't scoring points with their serve, the Tigers had little problem scoring with their attack. Beekman led the charge with 13 kills, and Sydney Griffin tallied seven kills to go with her 17 set assists. Sanow added 13 set assists of her own.
The Eagles were clearly overmatched on the night, but had some flashes of promise with their attack. Westby said they put up a good fight and provided his team with a decent challenge in the first round.
"That team played a fast offense, and it was good for us to play that team. They did a lot of things well," he said.
Marshall's block handled LQPV's quick offense just fine. Beekman finished the night with five ace blocks, and Callie Graff had three.
Outside of the few mistakes his team had to open Friday's match, Westby was pleased with how the Tigers performed coming off their long break, a break he felt the team definitely used to its advantage.
"We have been practicing well," he said. "We kind of treated [the layoff] like our preseason where we got back to basics and spent a lot of time passing and working on fundamentals.
"We just need to continue to do that where we can iron out some of the issues we've had and some of the things that have gotten away from us a bit. Fundamentally, we just need to continue to get better."
LQPV8 10 16
Marshall25 25 25
Serving (good-att-aces): LQPV-Sydney Wittnebel 8-9-2, Jordan Halvorson 7-7-0, Mackenize Clark 6-6-0; M-Maci Louwaige 13-13-2, Kenzie Beekman 12-12-4, Rachel Sanow 13-14-3.
Kills: LQPV-Halvorson 10, Alyssa Wittnebel 5; M-Beekman 13, Sydney Griffin 7, Angela Tauer 4, Callie Graff 4.
Digs: LQPV-Jesica Jessen 13, S. Wittnebel 6; M-Hannah Bennett 13, Griffin 5.
Set Assists: LQPV-Morgan Croatt 16; M-Griffin 17, Sanow 13.
Blocks: LQPV-Halvorson 2, MacKenzie; M-Beekman 5, Graff 3.