MARSHALL - Both sets were close, but Class A No. 13-ranked Southwestern United slipped past Dawson-Boyd 25-21, 25-22 during the Subway Classic's Gold Division championship match Saturday.
Playing at Southwest Minnesota State University's R/A Facility, the Wildcats improved to 23-4-1, while the Blackjacks dropped to 19-7.
"We have a tendency of starting off slow," said DB head coach Ashley Dahl, who watched the Blackjacks trail by double digits midway through the first set before making a furious comeback. "It was our third match of the day and I think being a little tired was a factor for us early-on."
Photo by Jeff Arenz
Dawson-Boyd’s Kelly Husby attempts to hit over the block of Southwestern United’s Courtney Place during the Subway Classic’s Gold Division championship match on Saturday at Southwest Minnesota State University.
The first set ended up being close. The second began with the teams trading points before SWU pulled away.
Southwestern United and Dawson-Boyd battled to an 11-all tie before the Wildcats made an 9-3 run to take a 20-14 lead. Kills from Rachel Mathias, Andrea Hinkeldey and Courtney Place sparked SWU's uprising.
But the Blackjacks rallied behind Katarina Kuhlmann and Kelly Husby, who each had a kill as Dawson-Boyd scored the next three points to trim its deficit to 20-17.
"Our strategy was to serve aggressively against Southwestern United," Dahl said. "They have a few great hitters and we tired to get them out of their system. That seemed to work for us."
Moments later, Andrea Lee's kill kept the Blackjacks within three points (22-19) before a Wildcats' violation for a double-hit brought Dawson-Boyd one point closer.
It became 23-21 on a block by Husby, which led to Southwestern United asking for a timeout.
When play resumed, the Wildcats worked the ball to place, who finished the match with the final two kills.
At Southwest Minnesota State University's
R/A Facility and Marshall High School
Central Minnesota Christian def. Red Rock Central, 23-25, 28-26, 15-9
Southwestern United def. Lac Qui Parle Valley, 25-10, 26-24
MACCRAY def. Worthington, 25-13, 25-20
Dawson-Boyd def. Russell-Tyler-Ruthton, 24-26, 26-24, 15-9
Red Rock Central def. Lac Qui Parle Valley, 24-26, 25-11, 15-9
Russell-Tyler-Ruthton def. Worthington, 23-25, 25-21, 15-9
Southwestern United def. Central Minnesota Christian, 25-17, 25-18
Dawson-Boyd def. MACCRAY, 25-23, 23-25, 15-12
Worthington def. Lac Qui Parle Valley, 25-12, 24-26, 15-13
Russell-Tyler-Ruthton def. Red Rock Central, 25-21, 25-14
Central Minnesota Christian def. MACCRAY, 25-23, 23-25, 15-13
Southwestern United def. Dawson-Boyd, 25-21, 25-22
FOR RED ROCK CENTRAL (13-10)
Five tournament matches
played Friday and Saturday.
SERVING - Cassie Erickson 41-43-12, Brooke Rasmussen 45-46-6, Hannah Sell, 31-32-4, Mikaela Smith 37-42-6, Olivia Bittner 41-43.
KILLS - Olivia Bittner 35, Cassie Erickson 24, Rachel Kedl 17, Melanie Kedl 12.
DIGS - Cassie Erickson 45, Brooke Rasmussen 36, Olivia Bittner 32, Taylor Price 17, Mikaela Smith 16.
ASSISTS - Mikaela Smith 85.
BLOCKS - Melanie Kedl 8 solo, 7 assisted; Cassie Erickson 5 solo, 2 assisted; Rachel Kedl, 2 solo, 2 assisted.
Westbrook-Walnut Grove def. Legacy Christian, 25-9, 25-15
Murray County Central def. Renville County West, 25-21, 25-19
Windom Area def. United South Central, 25-10, 25-14
Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop def. Martin Luther/Grenada-Huntley-East Chain, 25-18, 25-12
Renville County West def. Legacy Christian, 19-25, 25-20, 18-16
United South Central def. Martin Luther/Grenada-Huntley-East Chain, not available
Murray County Central def. Westbrook-Walnut Grove, 25-10, 25-23
Windom Area def. Gibbon-Fairfaix-Winthrop, 25-15, 25-18
Legacy Christian def. Martin Luther/Grenada-Huntley-East Chain, 25-14, 25-23
Renville County West def. United South Central, 25-22, 16-25, 15-12
Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop def. Westbrook-Walnut Grove, 25-20, 25-18
Windom Area def. Murray County Central, 25-15, 25-15
FOR MURRAY COUNTY CENTRAL (14-4)
Three tournament matches played Saturday
SERVING - McKenzie Schmitz 22-22-1, Paris Thomas 23-23-0, Dana Vander Wal 28-30-1, Jade Giese 18-19-0, Kristi Bose 16-16-0, Hannah Schmidt 18-19-0.
KILLS - Kristi Bose 30. Lindsay Barritt 17.
DIGS - Kristi Bose 42, Hannah Schmidt 38, Jade Giese 33, Dana Vander Wahl 20.
ASSISTS - Jade Giese 36, Paris Thomas 26.
BLOCKS - Lindsay Barritt 6, Kristi Bose 5, Jade Giese 3, Sierra Van Iperen 3, Paris Thomas 1, McKenzie Schmitz 1.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS FOR WESTBROOK-WALNUT GROVE (14-12)
Five tournament matches
played Friday and Saturday
SERVING - Abby Herding 48-50-11, Madison Takle 31-31-8, Dayna Comnick 37-39-5, Cassidy Mischke 24-25-5.
KILLS - Dayna Comnick 38, Cassidy Mischke 21, Madison Takle 7, Abby Herding 7.
DIGS - Elizabeth Woelber 39, Dayna Comnick 31, Abby Herding 30, Madison Takle 25.
ASSISTS - Abby Herding 71.
BLOCKS - Dayna Comnick 1 solo, 3 assisted; Mariah Olson 4 assisted; Madison Takle 2 assisted.
St. James Area def. Lincoln HI, 25-15, 26-24
Cedar Mountain/Comfrey def. Springfield, 25-18, 25-22
Adrian def. Hills-Beaver Creek, 25-13, 25-23
New Ulm def. Fulda, 25-17, 25-18
Springfield def. Lincoln HI, 25-16, 25-22
Hills-Beaver Creek def. Fulda, 25-16, 25-22
St. James Area def. Cedar Mountain/Comfrey, 25-10, 25-21
New Ulm def. Adrian 25-14, 25-15
Fulda def. Lincoln HI, 29-27, 25-19
Springfield def. Hills-Beaver Creek, 25-19, 27-25
Cedar Mountain/Comfrey def. Adrian, 26-28, 25-16, 15-12
New Ulm def. St. James Area 25-23, 11-25, 15-9
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS FOR LINCOLN HI (3-22)
Three tournament matches played Saturday
SERVING - Morgan Citterman 27-27-5, Alyssa Otto 24-27-4, Jordan Bucholz 19-21-3, Brandi Barke 9-10-1, Brooke Taylor 18-23-6.
KILLS - Morgan Citterman 12, Brandi Barke 9, Brooke Taylor 9, Maranda Jerzak 7.
DIGS - Alyssa Otto 17, Brandi Barke 16, Morgan Citterman 14, Alex DeSmet 13, Heidi Pavek 9.
ASSISTS - Morgan Citterman 27, Alyssa Otto 15
BLOCKS - Maranda Jerzak 5, Morgan Citterman 2
APPLE VALLEY OCTOBER CLASSIC
APPLE VALLEY - Class A No. 1-ranked Minneota took its lumps during the Apple Valley October Classic on Saturday.
The Vikings (23-3 overall), who went 2-2 during the weekend tournament to finish sixth, dropped more matches in two days (two losses) than they had all season.
But with the level of competition being raised up one class against Hibbing and two classes versus the rest of Minneota's tournament opponents, the Vikings learned some valuable lessons in defeat.
"We were right in all of these matches, but we found some things that we need to fix" Minneota head coach Steph Hennen said. "That's good because that is what these in-season tournaments are used for."
On Friday, Minneota split its pair of matches by defeating Winona (20-25, 25-11, 15-0) and losing to Chanhassen (25-20, 18-25, 8-15). On Saturday, the Vikings split again - this time defeating Hibbing (25-20, 25-13) and losing to Burnsville (26-28, 25-8, 14-16).
Minneota def. Hibbing 25-10, 25-13
SERVING - Taylor Reiss 11-11-3, Payton Boerboom 11-11-0, Shelby Corbin 5-5-2, Molly Hennen 9-10-0.
KILLS - Taylor Reiss 8, Molly Hennen 3, Shelby Corbin 3, Krista Maeyaert 3, Megan Larson 2.
DIGS - Shelby Corbin 5, Payton Boerboom 5, Amber Engels 4.
ASSISTS - Megan Larson 17.
BLOCKS - Taylor Reiss 2, Kelsey Maeyaert 1, Molly Hennen 1, Shelby Corbin 1.
Burnsville def. Minneota 28-26, 8-25, 16-14
SERVING - Payton Boerboom 12-13-0, Megan Larson 11-11-1, Molly Hennen 9-10-0, Taylor Reiss 10-13-1, Shelby Corbin 6-6-0.
KILLS - Taylor Reiss 17, Megan Larson 9, Molly Hennen 8, Shelby Corbin 6.
DIGS - Payton Boerboom 12, Taylor Reiss 12, Molly Hennen 11, Shelby Corbin 10, Amber Engels 9.
ASSISTS - Megan Larson 29.
BLOCKS - Taylor Reiss 3, Molly Hennen 2, Krista Maeyaert 1, Megan Larson 1.
PIPESTONE AREA TOURNAMENT
PIPESTONE - Lakeview finished fifth after going 2-1 on Saturday at the Pipestone Area Tournament.
The Lakers lost to the host Arrows in the quarterfinals before defeating Edgerton in the consolation semifinals and Fairmont in the match for fifth place.
Brianna Hoffman led the Lakers with 31 kills and six blocks, her combined totals from all three matches. Madi Nelson added 16 kills, three blocks and five aces on a 24 of 26 serving effort. Makana Barker and Sadie Stelter each served four aces.
Pipestone Area def. Lakeview 25-22, 18-25, 13-15
Lakeview def. Edgerton 25-11, 26-24
Lakeview def. Fairmont 18-25, 25-16, 15-11
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS FOR LAKEVIEW (13-11-2)
Three matches played Saturday
SERVING - Sadie Stelter 30-31-4, Madi Nelson 24-26-5, Makana Barker 30-30-4.
KILLS - Brianna Hoffman 31, Madi Nelson 16, Brooklyn Hartle 10.
DIGS - Bailey Buntjer 16, Makana Barker 13, Briatta Buntjer 12.
ASSISTS - Sadie Stelter 29.
BLOCKS - Brianna Hoffman 6, Madi Nelson 3, Rachel Kurtenbach 2, Katie Timm 2.