TRIMONT - The Martin County West Mavericks rebounded from a tough five-set loss to the Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial Knights last Thursday with a 25-12, 25-22, 25-15 Valley Conference volleyball win over the Cleveland Clippers on Tuesday night in Trimont.
"It was a good win for us after the loss to Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial on Thursday. This is the beginning of a long couple weeks and it's great to start on a win," said Martin County West head coach Mary Sussenguth.
The Mavericks started out with a quick 4-0 lead in Game 1. Senior middle hitter Libbie Lange and sophomore Hailey Leiding combined on a block for the opening point, before Morgan Williamson fired an ace serve to make it 2-0.
TIP OVER — Martin County West’s Jordan Gregory (6) tips the volleyball over Cleveland’s Courtney Utzka (back middle) and Taylor Holicky during Valley Conference volleyball action Tuesday night in Trimont. Maverick teammates Kate Thiesse (7) and Hailey Leiding (4) look on. Photo by Leanna Becker
MCW's defensive specialist Molly Klima made a huge dig by moving to her right before a solo block by Kate Thiesse and a blast by Jordan Gregory gave the Mavericks a 10-4 lead.
Autumn Smith stepped to the service line with a 14-9 lead and MCW rattled off five straight points to take a 19-9 lead.
With a 22-11 lead, Lange and Taryn Tumbleson combined for a block to end a long rally to make it 23-11.
Williamson and Lange connected on a quick hitter to take the Game 1 victory 25-12.
A couple miscues by the Mavericks in the opening points of Game 2 helped the Clippers take a 2-0 lead.
An ace serve from Williamson on the Mavericks' first offensive possession tied the game at 2-2.
Both offenses were supplying firepower as the teams traded points.
Thiesse gave the Mavericks some needed separation with two ace serves, following a Lange attack, to make it 15-11.
Cleveland clawed its way back to take its second lead of the night at 21-20, but Thiesse sent an assist from Kennedy Janssen to the floor to tie things at 21-all.
Williamson and Lange combined for a block to make it 24-22 for the Mavericks in Game 2. Lange and Tumbleson sent a Bekah Blaschko tip to the floor for the 25-22 win.
"The biggest challenge for us will be to play consistently here at the end of the season. We played well in Game 1, but we can and should be able to play at that level for all three games," said Sussenguth.
Janssen stepped to the service line for MCW in Game 3 with a 7-5 lead before the Mavericks tallied five quick points to take a 12-5 lead.
The Clippers were able to go on a scoring run themselves, getting back within three at 12-9.
Thiesse then pounded a Cleveland overpass back for the Mavericks' sideout to make it 13-9.
Janssen later was able to set Tumbleson on the outside for the cross-court kill to end the match at 25-19 for the Mavericks.
Lange led the MCW attack at the net with seven kills and made four blocks, while Thiesse tallied six kills and had four blocks.
Gregory added three blocks for the Mavericks, and Hailey Leiding added four in the win.
Williamson led the Mavericks from the service line with three ace serves and also doled out 10 set assists.
Klima had a busy night trying to fend off the Clippers attack, making 39 digs.
Jackie Schliesmann made 15 digs and Autumn Smith had seven for MCW.
Janssen distributed eight set assists in the win for the Mavericks.
Martin County West (11-4) hosts Nicollet in a 7:30 p.m. Valley Conference match on Thursday night in Trimont.
Cleveland (5-11) hosts Martin Luther/ Granada-Huntley-East Chain for a Valley Conference match at 7:30 p.m. Thursday night in Northrop.
Mankato Loyola 3, Truman 0 - The Crusaders downed the Bluejays, 25-15, 25-23, 28-26, in a Valley Conference match on Tuesday night in Truman.
Junior Emily Zaharia led the Bluejays with 12 kills, 20 digs and five ace blocks. Emma Wiederhoeft tallied nine kills and two blocks, while Savannah Stevens recorded six kills, three ace serves and nine digs for Truman.
Sarah Schwanz made 13 digs, while Kaitlin Bloomquist had 12 for the Bluejay defense.
Samantha Hartwig distributed 20 set assists, served up one ace and made eight digs in the match for the Bluejays.
Hanna Hartman had four kills and one ace serve, while teammate Alexis Jahnz had three kills, one ace serve and 12 digs for Truman.
Truman (1-12) travels for a 7:30 p.m. Valley Conference match on Thursday night in St. Clair.
Madelia 3, Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial 2 - The Blackhawks outlasted the Knights, 22-25, 9-25, 25-22, 25-20, 15-12, in Valley Conference action on Tuesday night in Madelia.
Senior Haley Reed recorded 16 kills and 10 digs to lead the Blackhawks. Brianna Firchau added 10 kills and five blocks, while Sarah Haynes tallied eight kills and two blocks.
Emily Koehler doled out 21 set assists and had one ace serve, while teammate Taylor Thomas distributed 12 set assists and had one ace serve.
Kayla McCabe made 20 digs for the Blackhawks.
Madelia (6-4, 4-2 Valley Conference) hosts Maple River in a conference match at 7:30 p.m. Thursday night.
Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain 3, Maple River 1 - The Knights clipped the Eagles 29-27, 26-28, 25-17, 25-11 in Valley Conference action on Tuesday night in Maple River.
Kristi Oberdieck led the ML/GHEC offense with 13 kills, while teammate Amanda Cegelske contributed 10 kills and two blocks.
Hunter Payne scattered 26 set assists and made 11 digs for the Knights, while Effie Bentz led the defensive effort with 20 digs, and also recorded three ace serves.
Catie Sherman had nine digs and four ace serves for the Knights, while Anna Balcom made five blocks in the match.
Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain (5-9) travels to Cleveland for a 7:30 p.m. Valley Conference match on Thursday night.