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Alexandria's Liz Schultz put down a kill against Apollo earlier this season. Schultz led the Cardinals with 11 kills in a three-game sweep over Moorhead on Tuesday night.

Alex volleyball sweeps Spuds after Eden Prairie Tourney

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Alex volleyball sweeps Spuds after Eden Prairie Tourney
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The Alexandria volleyball team made a bit of a statement against a section opponent by sweeping Moorhead in three very close sets on Tuesday night.

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The Cardinals won by scores of 25-23, 26-24 and 27-25 with a balanced attack that featured six girls with at least four kills.

"While it's early in the season and teams change and improve, this win gives the girls a little taste of the success they are capable of having throughout this season and the postseason," head coach Becky Schlichting said. "Again, the win came largely due to a huge team effort."

Setter Amanda Haack found her hitters all night as she finished with 31 assists. Liz Schultz was the recipient of many of those as she led the team with 11 kills. Wensia Johnson added nine and Amanda Christianson finished with seven kills and a team-high 13 digs.

"This was a great stepping stone in the direction of the girls' postseason goals," Schlichting said. "They are learning one match at a time what it takes to be a solid, consistent, championship-winning team."

The Alexandria volleyball team spent part of their Labor Day weekend in the Twin Cities at the Eden Prairie Invitational, finishing with two wins in four matches.

Liz Schultz led the Cardinals’ offense on Saturday with a combined total of 29 kills in four matches. Amanda Haack contributed a total of 74 set assists on the weekend, and Gretchen Watkins led the Cardinals’ defense with 36 digs. Amanda Christianson also added 17 kills.

EDEN PRAIRIE TOURNAMENT

Hill-Murray 2, Alexandria 0

Alexandria headed into their final match of the tournament against Hill-Murray after picking up a three-set victory over Burnsville.

The Cardinals needed high-energy play to beat Burnsville, but they were unable to carry the enthusiasm into their final match of the day. Hill-Murray came out on top in the match 20-25, 20-25.

“After the thrill of the third match, we simply didn’t show up with the same energy for the Hill-Murray match that we’d previously displayed against Burnsville,” Schlichting said.

Schultz led the Cardinals with six kills and 10 digs in the match, and Haack provided 16 set assists.

Alexandria 2, Burnsville 1

After losing the first set against Burnsville, the Cardinals rallied and won the next two for a come-from-behind victory.

Burnsville won the first set 25-17, and the Cardinals won the next two 25-18, 15-13.

“This match proved to be the highlight of the day as the Cardinals battled back from losing set one to win sets two and three to earn the big W,” Schlichting said. “This proved they can not only play with great competition, but also beat it.”

Schultz led the Cardinals’ attack with 12 kills, and Haack recorded 25 set assists. Christianson led the team with 10 digs and also had two aces.

Alexandria 2, Mayer Lutheran 0

The Cardinals only needed two sets to come away with their first win in the tournament over Mayer Lutheran.

The Cardinals won the match 25-20, 25-22, though Schlichting said they played with a lack of energy.

“Although the girls struggled to demonstrate the same enthusiasm and tenacity that was demonstrated in the earlier match, they pulled off their first win for the weekend,” Schlichting said.

Schultz had nine kills in the match, followed by Wensia Johnson with five. Haack had 18 set assists, and Gretchen Watkins led the team with seven digs.

Eden Prairie 2, Alexandria 0

The hosts of the tournament came away with a hard-fought, two-set victory over the Cardinals.

Schlichting said the Cardinals started each set on top but were unable to hold their lead until the end. Although they lost, the Cardinals came away knowing they can compete with some of the top volleyball teams in the state.

“It was still incredibly exciting to see the girls play with, and sometimes above, a team with such a strong reputation in the volleyball world,” Schlichting said. “Their level of play was proof that we have the ability to compete with any team out there.”

GAME STATISTICS

ALEXANDRIA 20 20 – 0

HILL MURRAY 25 25 – 2

ALEXANDRIA – Amanda Haack – 2 kills, 16 set assists, 6 digs; Kalley Bistodeau – 4 kills, 1 ace, 6 digs; Emily Kuennen – 1 kill; Amanda Christianson – 4 kills, 2 set assists, 1 ace, 5 digs; Wensia Johnson – 4 kills, 3 digs, 1 block; Liz Schultz – 6 kills, 10 digs, 3 blocks; Gretchen Watkins – 9 digs; Katie Dolan – 7 digs

ALEXANDRIA 17 25 15 – 2

BURNSVILLE 25 18 13 – 1

ALEXANDRIA – Haack – 4 kills, 25 set assists, 2 digs; Johnson – 3 kills, 2 digs; Kuennen – 5 kills, 1 set, 2 aces, 10 digs, 3 blocks; Christianson – 5 kills, 1 set assists, 2 aces, 10 digs; Bistodeau – 4 kills, 1 ace, 6 digs; Schultz – 12 kills, 1 ace, 4 digs, 1 block; Watkins – 9 digs; Alexis Stern – 1 kill, 1 block; Dolan – 12 digs

ALEXANDRIA 25 25 – 2

MAYER LUTHERAN 20 22 – 0

ALEXANDRIA – Haack – 2 kills, 18 assists, 4 digs; Johnson – 5 kills, 1 dig; Kuennen – 2 kills, 1 set assist, 1 ace, 1 dig; Christianson – 2 kills, 1 assist, 2 aces, 5 digs, 1 block; Bistodeau – 3 kills, 4 digs, 1 block; Liz Schultz – 9 kills, 2 aces, 6 digs, 2 blocks; Watkins – 7 digs; Dolan – 3 digs

ALEXANDRIA 18 16 – 0

EDEN PRAIRIE 25 25 – 2

ALEXANDRIA – 1 kill, 15 assists, 6 digs; Johnson – 2 kills, 1 dig; Kuennen – 1 kill; Christianson – 6 kills, 7 digs; Bistodeau – 5 kills, 6 digs, 1 block; Schultz – 2 kills, 6 digs, 1 block; Watkins – 11 digs; Dolan – 6 digs

Alexandria 3, Moorhead 0

(25-23, 26-24, 27-25)

ALEXANDRIA STATS - Haack - 4 kills, 31 assists, 2 aces, 5 digs, 1 block; Kalley Bistodeau - 4 kills, 1 ace, 8 digs; Emily Kuennen - 5 kills; Christianson - 7 kills, 4 assists, 1 ace, 13 digs; Johnson - 9 kills, 1 dig, 1 block; Schultz - 11 kills, 10 digs, 2 blocks; Gretchen Watkins - 1 ace, 5 digs; Katie Dolan - 1 assist, 2 aces, 8 digs

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Eric Morken
Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.
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