BLUE EARTH - Fairmont seniors Kayla Lardy and Kersten Shantz combined to pelt the Blue Earth Area Bucs with 21 kills to lead the Cardinals to a 25-20, 22-25, 25-15, 25-17 South Central Conference victory on Tuesday in Blue Earth.
After taking the opening game, the Cardinals jumped out to an 11-8 lead in Game 2.
Shantz delivered a pair of cross-court spikes off of Emily Kim set assists, while a pair of Buc attacks on swings by Kyle Ahl and Ciarra Olson sailed long to help the Cardinals build the three-point lead.
REJECTION — Fairmont middle hitter Courtney Mosloski (left) blocks a tip by Blue Earth Area’s Ciarra Olson (11) during South Central Conference volleyball action Tuesday night in Blue Earth. Fairmont’s Emily Kim (far left) and Blue Earth Area’s Devyn Braunshausen (4) look on. (Photo by Leanna Becker)
"Coming into the game, I told the girls that if we took care of us, meaning not making mistakes and errors to cost us points, that we'd have a very good chance," said Fairmont head coach Brad Haugen.
With the Bucs trailing 11-8, Mariah Twedt passed one of Haley Harder's laser-beam serves over the net, where the Cardinal attack by Sydney Glienke sailed long to end the scoring run.
Courtney Mosloski, who recorded seven kills in the match, tallied one of her attacks by tipping an Elizabeth Ellis swing back over the net to give the Cardinals the 12-9 advantage.
A couple of Bucs errors extended Fairmont's lead to 14-9.
After a Blue Earth Area timeout, the Bucs took back some momentum, and started chipping away at their deficit.
Lardy pounded one of Kim's 27 set assists down the sideline to take the 15-11 lead for Fairmont.
Ahl, who doled out seven set assists for the Bucs, connected with Nicole Krinke for a spike to make it 16-12, before Haley Resutek smacked an ace to make it 17-14.
"We made some offensive changes in the second game. We had a better chance with more height on the net and Krinke is a good attacker, which we needed against their tough hitters," said Blue Earth Area head coach Donna Nawrocki.
Ciarra Olson, who had a team-leading 11 kills, sent a Krinke set assist sailing off a Lardy and Mosloski double block to get the Bucs within three at 18-15.
Mosloski then recorded her lone solo block of the night on an Ahl attack to keep the edge for the Cardinals at 19-15.
On the strength of an ace serve by Audrey McDonald, who went a perfect 14 of 14 from the line, and three more Ciarra Olson kills clinched the 25-22 Game 2 victory.
"It was really great to get the one game, but would've like to win another one and go to five games," said Nawrocki. "I think we saw better defense tonight, and played better. The girls are playing hard and I'm proud of the effort they give me. As a coach, I can't ask for more than that."
Lardy then got the Cardinals back on track in Game 3, sizzling a cross-court swing to go up 3-2.
Mosloski sent a Kim set assist to the floor to go up 7-2, before a Kristen Campe ace gave the Cardinals the 8-2 lead.
Glienke, who had two kills in the match, ripped a Kim assist cross court for the kill later in the game for the 13-7 edge.
Harder sealed the victory with three straight ace serves to take th 25-15 win for the Cardinals.
"We have been working with Sydney on her serve a lot, and tonight she did a really nice job of using what we've been working on," said Haugen. "And Haley just went to the line fearless tonight and served awesome, that was really great for us."
Kim added four kills to the Fairmont offense, while making nine digs in the match.
Lardy made 22 digs to go along with her 11 kills, with Campe making 28 digs in the win.
Elizabeth Ellis recorded seven kills for the Bucs, while Krinke tallied six and made 14 digs.
Ciarra Olson made 13 digs to go along with her kills, in addition to serving two aces.
Haley Resutek made 12 digs, while Ahl doled out seven set assists.
Fairmont (2-8, 2-2 SCC) plays host to St. Peter in a conference match on Thursday at Cardinal Gym.
Blue Earth Area (2-9, 0-3 SCC) travels to Waseca for a 7:30 p.m. conference match on Thursday.
Fairmont snuck by Blue Earth Area 18-25, 25-9, 15-10 in junior varsity volleyball action on Tuesday in Blue Earth.
Michaela Twitchell smacked a team-leading six kills, had three digs and two ace serves as the Cardinals beat the Bucs.
Laura Tow recorded three kills and had one ace and a block in the Cardinals' winning effort.
Aly Eversman, Ali Subbert and Tieryn Arens each contributed two kills to the offensive effort, while Morgan Seifried doled out five set assists and had one kill.
Eversman made a team-leading 10 digs, with Arens adding nine and Haley Korsmo adding six for the defense.
Subbert had four digs and five ace serves for Fairmont in the match.
Fairmont outlasted Blue Earth Area 26-24, 23-25, 15-10 in B-squad action on Tuesday in Blue Earth.
Katelynn Noah had a team-high six kills and made one block, while Payton Walser went 20-for-21 serving and had three kills.
Courtney Williams went a perfect 10-for-10 serving with two kills, while Tahnisha Jimenez served a perfect 7 of 7.
Alyssa Westcott doled out 10 set assists in the win.
Blue Earth Area snuck by Fairmont 25-7, 25-22, 15-12 in C-squad volleyball action on Thursday in Blue Earth.
Steph Kalas recorded four tips and two attacks, while Madison Hennager went a perfect 5-for-5 serving.
Marissa Krzywicki made 10 of 13 serves for Fairmont.