FAIRMONT - With a week of practice under their belt, the Fairmont Cardinals volleyball team efficiently downed the Blue Earth Area Bucs, 25-12, 25-8, 25-12, in a South Central Conference match on Tuesday night at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont.
"It is amazing what a week of practice in the middle of the season can do," said Fairmont head coach Brad Haugen.
Fresh off the practices, the Cardinals opened with an 11-0 scoring run to take the lead in Game 1.
TIP TOP — Fairmont setter Emily Kim (3) tips the volleyball over Blue Earth Area’s Ciarra Olson (mid-left) and Nicole Krinke (back) during South Central Conference action Tuesday in Fairmont. The Bucs’ Audrey McDonald (2) and the Cardinals’ Kersten Shantz (1) and Madison Geerdes watch. (Photo by Leanna Becker)
Courtney Mosloski smacked a Buc overpass off Emily Kim's opening serve down the middle for the 1-0 start.
Then Kayla Lardy, who recorded a match-leading 18 kills, then tallied three kills in a row by smashing a pair of Kim's 21 set assists down the right line to put the Cardinals up 4-0.
Kim then sizzled one of her two aces in the match down to the floor, before setting Lardy for a tip over the Buc blockers to go up 6-0. Mosloski then crushed another Buc overpass for the 7-0 lead.
"Our offense was smooth and gelled tonight," said Haugen. "When you get good passes, it is easy to run good offense then."
Blue Earth Area called a timeout, hoping to stall the Cardinals opening run. But coming out of the break, Lardy sent back-to-back kills to the floor for the 9-0 lead.
"Fairmont always seems to get up and play well against us each time we play," said Blue Earth Area head coach Donna Nawrocki. "We are a better team than we showed tonight, but Fairmont played really well after having practice."
Kim's second ace, followed by a Sydney Glienke cross court kill, gave the Cardinals an 11-0 edge.
With the help of two Cardinal attacks sailing out of bounds and a Devyn Braunshausen attack off a Kylie Ahl set assist, the Bucs got some life to make it 11-3.
Elizabeth Ellis stopped Lardy from tipping the ball over the net, sending the ball down on the Cardinal side to make it 11-4.
Glienke then sent another of her seven kills to the floor to rotate Kristen Campe back to the service line.
With the help of a Kersten Shantz swing sent flying off a Samantha Ripley block attempt, the Cardinals took a 23-11 lead.
Kim then sealed the victory, smashing a Mosloski assist down for the 25-12 win.
Blue Earth Area's Nicole Krinke, who tallied a team-leading three kills and doled out five set assists, recorded one of her attacks on a tip to leave the Bucs trailing 12-3, before serving up an ace to make it 12-4.
Analicia Swanson, who went 4-for-4 serving, also sizzled a pair of ace serves for the Bucs in Game 3, helping them edge closer to Fairmont, making it 15-7.
Unfortunately for the Bucs, Glienke, who added 18 digs on defense for the Cardinals, fired an ace serve to end Game 3, taking the 25-12 win.
Campe also made 27 digs for the Cardinals, while Madison Geerdes and Shantz fired three kills each.
Haley Resutek and Ciarra Olson made seven digs each for the Bucs, while Olson added two kills.
Audrey McDonald made 11 digs for the Bucs, while recording two kills and went 8-for-8 serving with three points.
Fairmont (5-11, 4-4 SCC) travels to Waseca for conference match at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Blue Earth Area (2-20, 0-9) hosts Waseca next Tuesday in Blue Earth.
Fairmont blanked Blue Earth Area, 26-24, 25-9, in junior varsity volleyball action Tuesday in Fairmont.
Aly Eversman went a perfect 7-for-7 serving with four digs and 10 kills fo help pace the Cardinals.
Morgan Seifried doled out seven set assists, went 9-for-9 serving, made two digs and recorded three kills in the win.
Haley Korsmo made nine digs and served up three aces, while Tieryn Arens made seven digs, tallied two kills, distributed three set assists and had one ace.
Michaela Twitchell went 6-for-8 serving with one ace along wth making five digs and dispensing one kill, while Ali Subbert distributed four set assists, made three digs and had one kill for Fairmont.
Blue Earth Area outlasted Fairmont, 25-18, 25-22, during B-squad volleyball action on Tuesday.
Katelynn Noah, Courtney Williams, Payton Walser and Sarah Tschumperlin each recorded two kills in the match.
Alyssa Westcott doled out five set assists in addition to going 8-for-8 serving with three aces.
Erika Kim made four digs, while Tanisha Jimenez spiked one kills and made five digs.
Blue Earth Area snuck by Fairmont, 26-24, 18-25, 15-11, in C-squad volleyball action on Tuesday.
Emma Ward had 13 sets, while Mallory Mosloski smacked five kills.
Sara Schellpeper went 11-for-12 serving with five kills.
Martin County West 3, Maple River 0 - Reilly Geistfeld generated eight kills to top a balanced hitting attack to guide the Valley Conference-leading Mavericks to a shutout over the Eagles on Tuesday night in Trimont.
Martin County West coasted to consecutive conference game decisions of 25-8, 25-10, 25-8.
Kate Thiesse pounded out seven kills to complement four blocks, five digs and two service aces for the Mavericks, while Hailey Leiding and McKenna Taylor produced six and five kills, respectively. Both Leiding and Taylor also tallied two rejections each.
Jordan Gregory collected three kills, one block, five digs and two service aces for MCW, while setter Kennedy Janssen distributed 21 assists to go with three service aces and a block.
Autumn Smith recorded 11 digs for the Mavericks, Haley Jensen notched two kills and three digs, Molly Klima chalked up four digs, while Ellie Kuehl doled out four set assists to go with two digs.
Martin County West (21-5, 9-0 Valley) plays host to Class AA, No. 9-ranked Jackson County Central on Monday night in Trimont.
United South Central 3, Truman 0 - The Rebels generated a nonconference sweep of the Bluejays, 25-23, 25-16, 25-20, Tuesday night in Wells.
Hanna Hartman produced nine kills to top the Truman hitting charts, while Alexis Jahnz chipped in seven kills, 15 digs and one block.
Cydney Kilian distributed 26 set assists for the Bluejays, while teammate Emily Zaharia collected five kills, 14 digs, three ace serves and one block.
Courtney Zaharia supplied three kills, nine digs and two ace serves; Stephanie Jahnz made five digs; Briannia Pearson chipped in two kills; and Savannah Hodge added two service aces.
Truman plays host to Sleepy Eye St. Mary's on Monday night.