Battlers advance in sections [UPDATED]Published 11:08am Friday, October 28, 2011 Updated 11:27am Friday, October 28, 2011
The Battle Lake volleyball team scored a decisive victory in the first round of the Section A tournament, defeating the Hillcrest Comets 3-0 on Thursday night at home.
The Battlers appeared dominant at times, as they won their sets 25-11, 25-9, and 25-16. The closest they ever came to losing control was in the third set, when Hillcrest used its serving strength to its advantage and scored eight straight points. However, it’s hard for any team to overcome a roster that served at 95 percent, and that high success rate was attained by the Battlers Thursday.
Samantha Van Erp was the star for the Battlers, earning four aces, 17 assists, and three blocks.
Battle Lake’s next opponent will be close to home. The Battlers travel to Underwood to take on the Rockets at 7 p.m. today.
Perham wins in four over Pelican
The Perham Yellowjackets volleyball team advanced in the Section 8AA playoffs Thursday night, toppling the Pelican Rapids Vikings 3-1.
Perham gained momentum by jumping out ahead of the Vikings early, scoring 12 points before the Vikings could even get five. Perham’s Brooke Mickelson polished off the final point with a kill, ending the first set at 25-13.
Pelican Rapids battled back in the second set, going ahead by as much as 10-5 before the Yellowjackets began to rally. A back and forth set eventually was won by the Vikings, as Anna Skow-Anderson put in a good effort to help her team to a 25-23 win.
Pelican Rapids was able to make the third set close, even jumping ahead by five in the early going, but seven straight Perham points with Becky Stoll serving took some of the wind out of the Vikings’ sails. It was close, but Perham won 25-22.
The Yellowjackets won the final set handily, taking their momentum and powering through to a 25-16 win and a match victory.
There’s no time for Perham (No. 3 seed) to rest on its laurels. Today, the team travels to Glyndon to take on the No. 2-seeded D-G-F Rebels. The Rebels, who won the Heart O’ Lakes Conference this year, have won every volleyball match they’ve played against Perham since 2008.
Ashby girls fall
to CGB 3-1
The Ashby girls volleyball team fell in tourney action 3-1 to Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley. The scores for CGB in the win were 25-21, 16-25, 25-18 and 25-20.
“Our team missed 11 serves and it hurt us mentally,” said Ashby coach Brenda Johnson, “especially when you have a young group of athletes like we do.”
Nonetheless, Ashby had two girls not miss a serve: Cassandra Jordan with 15/15, serving nine points, and Amber Sundal serving 10/10 with three points. As a team, Ashby served 63/74 for 85 percent, with 35 points.
“We played a lot of good defense tonight with our libero, Cassandra Jordan, leading the way,” said Johnson. “Many of our girls got under the ball last night, to keep it alive. We had 37 defensive saves.”
Offensively the Arrows were led by outside hitters Ashley Ness and Meg Roley who combined with 16 kills. Middle hitters Bailey Funkhouser and Paige Nelson combined for nine kills. The right sides combined for four kills and 29 kills as a team.
“We were pretty well balanced with our offense,” said Johnson, “and a lot of that had to do with our setters Amber Sundal and Madison VanSanten. They moved the ball around well and combined for 27 assists.”
with five-set win
NEW YORK MILLS – The New York Mills Eagles took down Ulen Hitterdal on Thursday night in five sets.
The Eagles squeaked by in the first game with a 25-23 win. They followed game one another close match, coming through with a 26-24 victory.
“The girls capitalized on some big plays at the end of games one and two,” said Head Coach Amy Koskela.
Ulen Hitterdal came back to win games three and four by scores of 25-13, 25-7. Game five defined the season for the Eagles, as they pulled out the victory, 15-9.
The Eagles were led in kills by Ellie Rutten with 14, and Jackie Imsande added 13. Lexie Rankka had 36 set assists and Brooke Kupfer led the Eagles in digs with 21.
New York Mills will travel to Ada Borup to face off on Friday night at 7 p.m.
Rothsay’s season ends against NCW
The Rothsay volleyball team saw its season come to a close Thursday night, falling to Norman County West, 3-0 in Section 6A first-round playoff action.
The Tigers lost by scores of 25-16, 25-10 and 25-18.
“When we were able to put our offense together tonight, we were able to play with NCW,” Rothsay coach Heather Reber said. “Our serve receiving was inconsistent and that would slow us down offensively. Overall I saw some good things happen tonight that we will bring to next years season.”
Rothsay ends its season with a 1-24 record. Norman County West will take on third-seeded Lake Park Audubon tonight.
West Central Area falls to Chargers
In Section 6A volleyball tournament action, the Brandon-Evansville Chargers beat the West Central Area Knights in Brandon Thursday, 4-1. The Chargers advance to second round tonight, where they will play at Hancock for a chance to move on.
Brandon-Evansville won the first two sets comfortably, beating the Lady Knights 25-16 and 25-19. The Knights, however, refused to swept and took the third set 25-18.
What followed was the closest set of the match. The Knights refused to go away, ultimately scoring 24 points. However, the Chargers found a way to win and topped them by two in the end.
“We started off great in the first set,” said Charger Head Coach Gary Ekdahl. “Our serving held us in most of the night.”
Brandon-Evansville hit 81 percent for the night, but Ekdahl said there’s still room for improvement this evening.
“We need to move our hits around the blockers and hit the open spots against Hancock tonight,” he said. “We hope to play our best match of the year.”
West Central Area did not provide information on the game.