FAIRMONT - The Fairmont Cardinals volleyball team swept the St. James Saints, 25-10, 25-14, 25-21, in a South Central Conference match at Cardinal Gym on Tuesday night.
The Cardinals jumped out to quick 2-0 lead in Game 1 with Paige Bearson sending a Kayla Lardy set to the floor and Tori Edington blocking a Saints' tip for the second point. The Saints came back to tie it at 2-2, but a serving error gave Fairmont back the 3-2 lead.
The Cardinals took control of the game when Emily Kim went back to the service line with a 12-9 lead and rattled off nine straight points to take a 21-9 lead. Edgington teamed up with Bearson for two blocks and Lardy for another block on the Cardinals' run.
GOING VERTICAL — Fairmont outside hitter Kristen Campe leaps before cranking a spike during volleyball action Tuesday at Cardinal Gym. Photo by Leanna Becker
Bearson then stepped to the line with a 22-10 lead and delivered an ace serve to put the win within reach. Edgington tipped a Saints' overpass to the floor, and another passing error by the Saints gave Fairmont the 25-10 first-game victory.
"It was all about control and pressure in the match today," said Fairmont head coach Brad Haugen. "We controlled the ball and put it where we needed to and kept the pressure on even after we took the first two games."
The Cardinals cruised through Game 2, securing a 25-14 win. With a three-point lead at 13-10, Bearson stepped back to the serving line and the Cardinals rattled off three straight points. Lardy and Edgington combined for a block to make it 14-10, followed by a Bearson ace to make it 15-10. The Saints made a passing error and gave Fairmont a six-point lead.
St. James' Devon Flohrs sent an Emily Bottem set to the floor to stop the Cardinal run, making it 16-11.
Emily Kim and Kersten Shantz combined for a kill and Edgington smoked an ace serve to give the Cardinals an 18-11 lead.
St. James was called in the net on a long rally for game point for Fairmont, giving it the win.
"I thought tonight's match was all-around good. We had good ball control, we made good defensive adjustments and the block was there when we needed it to be," said Haugen.
With a 2-0 game lead, Fairmont did not let up and was able to put the Saints away in the third game for the 25-21 win.
St. James did not go quietly in the match and never let Fairmont get more than a three-point lead in the third game.
With Fairmont down one in Game 3, Brooke Wubbena - who went 13-for-13 from the service line - started the three-point rally to give the Cardinals back the lead. A St. James attack by Brenda Cervantes went into the net and a Flohrs kill on the consecutive point sailed out to give the Cardinals a 12-11 lead.
A quick set from Elizabeth Kim was sent to the floor by Bearson made it 13-11 for Fairmont.
The Cardinals sealed the win with a set from Elizabeth Kim to Bearson for the 25-21win.
"We did a good job of not letting up after winning the first two games. We could have sat back and relaxed, but it was a fight and we stuck it out in every point to the end to win the third," said Haugen.
Bearson led the Cardinals in the match with 13 kills, five ace serves, eight digs and recorded one solo block. Lardy dispensed five kills and had five solo blocks for Fairmont.
Edgington scattered four kills, served one ace, recorded 10 digs and two blocks, while Kristen Campe had three kills, one ace serve and eight digs in the match.
Elizabeth Kim doled out eight set assists and went a perfect 8-for-8 from the service line.
Fairmont (4-4, 2-0 South Central Conference) travels to Waseca for a 7:30 p.m. match on Thursday.
The St. James beat Fairmont, 19-25, 25-22, 16-14, in B-squad volleyball action on Tuesday.
Courtney Mosloski led the Cardinals with seven kills, while Sydney Glienke sent four kills to the floor.
Morgan Seifried distributed 10 set assists, while Tieryn Arens doled out two set assists along with two digs, two blocks and two kills in the match.
Michaela Twitchell added four kills and two aces for Fairmont.
St. James C-squad volleyball downed Fairmont, 15-25, 25-19, 15-6, on Tuesday.
Brice Bonin went 11-for-11 from the service line, while Alyssa Westcott went 10-for-10 in the loss.
Fairmont C-squad won 25-13, 19-25, 15-11 over New Ulm last Thursday in Fairmont.
Alyssa Westcott went distributed four set assists and went 16-for-16 serving in the win. Kaitlin Korn went 16-for-16 at the line and Brice Bonin dispensed four kills for Fairmont.
Blue Earth Area 3, St. Peter 2 - The Bucs volleyball team held on to win the five-game South Central Conference match over the Saints on Tuesday night in St. Peter.
After the Bucs won Games 1 and 2 - 25-23 and 27-25, the Saints roared back to win 25-16 and 25-18 in Games 3 and 4.
Blue Earth Area managed to scrape together and win the fifth game 15-12 to win the match.
Krista Hassing recorded a team-best 22 kills and seven solo blocks to lead the Bucs in the win. Monica Krieger had 26 set assists and Janessa Jahnke tallied 25 digs.
Audrey McDonald went 29-for-30 from the service line, including three aces, for the Bucs.
St. Peter's Tailor Raymond matched Hassing with 22 kills in the match, along with 16 set assists to power the Saints' offense.
Kirsten Makela added 16 set assists and 17 digs for the Saints. Brooklyn Braun led St. Peter's defensive effort with 24 digs.
Blue Earth Area (4-1) hosts New Ulm in a 7:30 p.m. match on Thursday in Blue Earth.
Martin County West 3, Truman 0 - The Mavericks handed the Bluejays a 3-0 Valley Conference loss in Truman on Tuesday.
Martin County West cruised to a 25-14, 25-15, 25-11 match win.
The Mavericks' Libbie Lange registered a team-best 11 kills to lead the offensive effort. Kate Thiesse added seven kills and Bailey Tish tallied five in the win.
Molly Klima and Thiesse each served up three aces for MCW in the win.
Morgan Williamson and Kennedy Janssen each distributed 10 set assists to the Mavericks offense.
Jackie Schliesmann and Autumn Smith contributed six digs to the defensive effort.
Truman's Savannah Stevens led the offense with five kills, while Emma Wiederhoeft, Emily Zaharia and Alexis Jahnz each dispensed three kills.
Wiederhoeft added two digs and two blocks for the Bluejays. Zaharia added a team-best 10 digs and one solo block in the match.
Alexis Jahnz served up two aces and tallied six digs for Truman. Sam Hartwig doled out eight set assists, and contributed two ace serves and 11 digs for the Bluejays.
Truman's Sarah Schwanz added nine digs in the match.
Martin County West (7-1) hosts Madelia in a 7:30 p.m. match on Thursday.
Truman (1-7) travels to Northrop for a 7:30 p.m. match against Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley East Chain.
Alden-Conger 3, Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain 0 - The Alden-Conger Knights swept the ML/GHEC Knights, 25-20, 25-19, 25-17, on Tuesday in Alden.
Anna Balcom and Sam Meade each smacked four kills for the ML/GHEC offense.
Hunter Payne doled out 13 set assists and Effie Bentz added 19 digs for the Knights. Amber Schulz scorched five aces from the service line for ML/GHEC.
Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain (1-7) hosts Truman in a 7:30 match in Northrop on Thursday.