TRUMAN - The Madelia Blackhawks swept the Truman Bluejays 25-12, 25-18, 25-11 in a nonconference volleyball match in Truman on Thursday.
Junior Emily Zaharia blocked Madelia's Brianna Firchau's middle attack to make it 2-1 in the Bluejays favor.
The Blackhawks' Kayla McCabe then stepped to the service line with the game tied at 2-2 thanks to a Haley Reed kill. McCabe served up four points, with Reed pounding three consequtive hits for points and combined with Emily Koehler for a block to give the Blackhawks a 6-2 lead.
GETTING DEFENSIVE — Truman’s Sarah Schwanz (middle) passes the volleyball forward after digging up a spike as Bluejay teammates Ashlea Fadness (left) and libero Kaitlin Bloomquist look on during nonconference action Thursday night in Truman. Photo by Leanna Becker
Truman's Alexis Jahnz ended the scoring rally with a block on another Reed kill to make it 6-3.
With the Blackhawks leading 17-9 in Game 1, Cinthia Sotelo rotated back to serve, and Madelia proceeded to rattle off seven straight points to take a 24-9 lead.
Brianna Firchau smacked a Bluejays' overpass down and followed it up with a blocks on an Alexis Jahnz set and a Zaharia attack to make it 21-9.
Zaharia was able to stop the streak with a kill to make it 24-10.
Jahnz sent a block down on a Reed tip to make it 24-11, and Zaharia came back with a kill off a Firchau block to make it 24-12.
Firchau pushed the ball over for the Blackhawks in the next point, but Reed ended the game by sending an attack sailing off a Zaharia block to win 25-12.
"Volleyball is such a game of momentum, they scored those points in a row in the first game and our energy level dropped way down," said Truman head coach Steve Schlager.
The Bluejays responded well in the second game, trailing 11-8 Alexis Jahnz set Elizabeth Kotewa for one of her six kills in the match to make it 11-9. Kotewa then teamed up with Zaharia on the net for a block to make it 11-10, before Zaharia made another block to tie the game at 11-11.
Kotewa then gave Truman a 12-11 lead on a roll shot that snuck over the net.
A serving error ended the scoring run, giving the Blackhawks a chance to retake the lead.
Truman's Emma Wiederhoeft sent a sharp angled shot just inside the 10-foot line to make it 19-15, cutting McCabe's serving appearance short for Madelia.
Firchau once again ended the game for the Blackhawks with a block to make it 25-18.
"I thought our youngster Elizabeth Kotewa did a nice job and had some great shots for us tonight," said Schlager. "In the second game we were executing, our hitters hit instead of tipping, we served consistently and our passers were doing a better job of getting the ball to the setter."
With Truman trailing 7-4 in the third game, Savannah Stevens fired an attack against Madelia's Danielle Arndt's outstretched arms, then got a second chance and made it count with a kill to make it 7-5.
Reed retalliated on the next point, sending a Taylor Thomas set assist down the middle for a kill to make it 8-5.
Kotewa fired back through a double block on an Alexis Jahnz set to make it 8-6.
From there, the Blackhawks took control, rattling off seven straight points to make it 13-7.
For the third game in a row Firchau made the final play, killing a Bluejays' overpass for the 25-12 victory.
Zaharia tallied 10 kills in the match along with one ace serve and 12 digs.
Alexis Jahnz doled out 17 set assists, recorded four kills and made 16 digs for Truman.
Wiederhoeft and Kotewa each dispensed six kills, while Wiederhoeft added three digs.
Stevens made eight digs and pounded out four kills for the Bluejays.
Truman (2-19) travels to Sleepy Eye Saint Mary's for a nonconference match at 7:30 p.m. on Monday night.
Madelia (13-12) travels to Cleveland for a 7:30 p.m. match on Tuesday night.
Worthington 3, Fairmont 1 - The Trojans conquered the Cardinals, 25-18, 18-25, 25-11, 25-21, in a nonconference volleyball match on Thursday night in Worthington.
Kayla Lardy recorded a team-best 13 kills to go along with three blocks for Fairmont, while teammate Paige Bearson tallied 12 kills and made 25 digs in the match.
Kersten Shantz scored eight kills and made three blocks for the Cardinals, while Tori Edgington made 17 digs and served up three aces.
Emily Kim distributed 23 set assists and went 18 of 19 from the service line.
Fairmont (8-9, 6-3 South Central) faces host Pipestone in the Pipestone Invite at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Martin County West 3, St. Clair 1 - The Mavericks rebounded from a 32-30 opening loss to defeat the Cyclones, 25-16, 25-19, 25-14, in a Valley Conference match on Thursday night in St. Clair.
Taryn Tumbleson recorded 15 kills and five digs to pace the Mavericks' attack, while Libbie Lange and Kate Thiesse added 12 and 10 kills, respectively.
Jordan Gregory and Hailey Leiding each scored four kills, with Gregory also scoring three ace serves for MCW.
Molly Klima led the defensive effort with 17 digs, while Autumn Smith and Jackie Schliesmann made 11 and eight digs, respectively.
Morgan Williamson doled out 20 set assists for the Mavericks offense. Kennedy Janssen added 13 set assists and two ace serves.
Martin County West (16-9) plays Cedar Mountain/ Comfrey at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night in Morgan.