TRIMONT - Morgan Williamson's setting options seemed almost limitless during Thursday night's Section 2A, South Sub-Section quarterfinal volleyball match.
Williamson distributed a match-leading 26 set assists, with middle hitter Kate Thiesse pounding out a match-best dozen kills to power a balanced Martin County West attack to a 25-20, 25-14, 25-16 sweep over Mountain Lake Area.
Mentor Mary Sussenguth and her No. 2-seeded Mavericks (20-9-1) advance to face No. 3-seeded St. Clair at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday night in the South Sub-Section semifinals at St. James High School.
REJECTION — Maverick hitter Hailey Leiding (right) blocks a tip by the Wolverines’ Jordan Syverson (6) during Section 2A, South Sub-Section quarterfinal volleyball Thursday in Trimont. Photo by Leanna Becker
The Cyclones advanced via a 3-1 quarterfinal victory over No. 6-seeded Mankato Loyola.
The No. 7-seeded Wolverines ended their season with a 12-13 overall record.
"We've been balanced all season long. Everyone contributes, so defenses can't key on any one hitter," said Sussenguth, whose lineup featured five different spikers - Thiesse, Libbie Lange, Taryn Tumbleson, Hailey Leiding and Jordan Gregory - with at least four kills.
The 6-foot Lange hammered an early pivotal kill from the right outside hitting spot off a Williamson back set to swing the momentum in the Mavericks' direction.
Lange's first of seven kills on the match rotated Williamson to the service area and the senior playmaker reeled off four quick points, including three straight aces, to build a 6-1 lead in Game 1.
Lange and Leiding later combined on a block to trigger Tumbleson's three-point service stint before Lange slugged a thundering kill en route to a 10-2 edge.
Outside hitter Paige Brown, however, kept the Wolverines just within striking distance by smacking down a pair of her team-best seven kills to pare the Mavericks' margin to three at 14-11.
Mountain Lake Area later capitalized on a rare lift infraction against Martin County West as libero Mikayla Falk assembled a five-point service run to eventually knot the opener at 18-all.
An errant Wolverine serve proved costly as Maverick libero Molly Klima served the home team back in front at 21-18 before Jordan Syverson countered with a sideout kill for Mountain Lake Area.
Another service error led to the Wolverines' demise as the Mavericks' Kennedy Janssen reeled off three consecutive serves to cap the 25-20 Game 1 victory.
Trailing 6-4 in Game 2 largely due to Janessa Peters' three early kills, Tumbleson and the Mavericks drew even at 7-all to slowly shift the momentum back to the hometown lineup.
Gregory cranked a cross-court spike-winner off Williamson's set to trigger Tumbleson's three-point service run before Tumbleson delivered back-to-back aces.
Lange and Peters exchanged frontline firepower before Leiding contributed an echoing block and a kill to eventually build a 19-13 lead for the Mavericks.
Klima widened the gap to double figures with a four-point service run, ignited by Thiesse controlling the air space above the net, before Janssen served out the 25-14 Game 2 win.
Mountain Lake Area converted an initial three-point service stint and later, a four-pointer from the line by Carmen Syverson, to claim a 13-9 advantage in Game 3.
Thiesse, however, had other plans, rejecting a Wolverine overpass to rotate Gregory to the service line for the Mavericks. Gregory's two-point effort, combined with Thiesse's four-point surge, inched MCW to a 17-15 margin before Mountain Lake Area hitter Maggie Wahden's sideout kill temporarily halted the offensive avalanche.
Another errant Wolverine serve allowed Williamson and Tumbleson to deliver three-point performances from the backline to seal the three-game sweep.
Gregory hammered her fourth kill of the match - a sizzling cross-court winner - for Point 25 of Game 3.
Leiding supplied four kills and three ace blocks for the Mavericks, Tumbleson cranked home six kills, while Gregory notched five kills.
Rachel Dukes doled out 17 set assists for the Wolverines, while Peters and Wahdan supplied four kills each.