MARSHALL - On Senior Night, the Marshall volleyball team wanted a proper sendoff for its leaders.
The Tigers didn't disappoint, defeating Tracy-Milroy-Balaton in three sets (25-8, 25-16, 25-15) on Monday.
"TMB has had a good season and we respect what they've done," said Marshall head coach Dan Westby. "We had some lapses where we passed poorly and gave them an opening. I think the difference may have been our experience and their youth."
Photo by Alex Oey
Marshall’s Sydney Griffin hits the ball as Tracy-Milroy-Balaton’s Sydney Lanoue (11) and Gabbie Gervais (1) defend during a non-conference match Monday at Marshall High School.
The Panthers had strong starts in each of the sets, but were not able to take one from the Tigers.
"We wanted to compete. We wanted them to earn their points," said TMB?head coach Katie Gervais.?"We've been erring quite a bit lately, so the biggest thing was to compete with them. For the most part, I thought we played much more consistent than we have lately."
In the first set, the two teams battled back-and-forth, Marshall taking the first lead at 4-3, adding to it at 9-6.
The Tigers took control of the set with a 10-point run with Callie Graff serving, putting Marshall up 20-7. Another three-point run with Rachel Sanow serving and the Tigers had set point at 24-8.
A kill from Marah Mulso gave Marshall a 25-8 win.
In the second set, it was TMB's turn to jump out on top, taking a 5-0 lead with Sara Stoneberg serving.
"I thought we passed better and we served more aggressive," said Gervais. "We didn't give them free balls like we were the first set."
Kenzie Beekman was able to stop the streak with a kill, but the Panthers held a 5-1 lead.
"We made errors, which gave them momentum," said Beekman. "Once we limited our errors, it started going more our way."
TMB and Marshall continued to trade points until the Tigers were able to cut the lead back to one, 10-9.
After a Graff kill that tied the set 10-all, Lexi Saugstad stepped back and served seven straight points to give Marshall a 17-11 lead.
After making their run, the Tigers kept the Panthers' attack from gaining traction. With set-point looming, Kassidy Przymus stepped back and served three times for TMB, including an ace, but a Beekman kill gave Marshall a 25-16 win.
"We had to keep the ball long enough to make them make errors," said Przymus. "Playing tough teams always makes us better."
In the third set, Marshall jumped out to a 6-2 lead when Sanow recorded all three ace serves in one stretch. Then, Sanow again stepped back and and served three straight, making it a 15-10 Marshall lead.
"I was really focusing on making sure I got my toss right and serving to the courts I was supposed to," said Sanow. "It helps our team get going and flow better."
Down the stretch, the Tigers outscored the Panthers 2-to-1 and with Sydney Griffin serving with a 20-15 lead. She finished out the night with five straight serves, including one of Emma Doyle's two solo blocks, to give Marshall the 25-15 win and the sweep.
"I had to make sure that I?kept line for my passes," said Doyle. "Make sure I did my part."
The Tigers (24-3 overall) travel to Redwood Falls today to face Redwood Valley to end the Southwest Conference and regular season. The Panthers (18-12 overall) have nearly two weeks to prepare for their first Class A Section 3 Tournament match against the winner of the Ellsworth and Adrian first-round clash.
"That's the best team we'll play all year," Gervais said. "For the most part, I thought we played fairly consistent, we just let them have too many big runs."
Westby was impressed by the Panthers.
"TMB?is a good team, they are going to do well down the stretch," Westby said. "Defensively, we kept some balls alive and we blocked some balls. I thought all of our seniors contributed tonight. It was their night."
Marshall 3, TMB 0
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton8 16 15
Marshall25 25 25
SERVING (Made-Attempted-Aces) - Tracy-Milroy-Balaton (Kassidy Przymus 9-9-3, Sara Stoneberg 7-8-2, Gabbie Gervais 6-6-1, Anna Peterson 6-6-0, Sammie Gervais 5-6-0); Marshall (Rachel Sanow 14-15-3, Callie Graff 12-14-3, Lexi Saugstad 12-12-0, Sydney Griffin 5-6-1).
KILLS - Tracy-Milroy-Balaton (Przymus 4, S. Gervais 3, Jessie Nelson 3, Sydney Lanoue 2); Marshall (Kenzie Beekman 19, Sydney Griffin 12, Graff 5, Morgan Saugstad 5).
DIGS - Tracy-Milroy-Balaton (Peterson 6, G. Gervais 2, Przymus 2); Marshall (Hannah Bennett 20, Beekman 13, Griffin 12, Stephanie Baker 7).
ASSISTS - Tracy-Milroy-Balaton (G. Gervais 11); Marshall (Griffin 20, Sanow 22).
BLOCKS - Tracy-Milroy-Balaton (Przymus 1); Marshall (Emma Doyle 2, Beekman 1, Marah Mulso 1).
RECORD - Tracy-Milroy-Balaton (18-12 overall); Marshall (24-3 overall).
NEXT?MATCH - Tracy-Milroy-Balaton (plays winner of Class A Section 3 South Division Tournament first-round match between Ellsworth and Adrian at Southwest Minnesota State on Oct 25 in quarterfinal round); Marshall (travels to Redwood Falls to face Redwood Valley to end the Southwest Conference and regular season).