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Alexandria beats Willmar, goes 2-2 in weekend tournament

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By Blaze Fugina

A win against Willmar Thursday night upped the Alexandria volleyball team’s winning streak to six games, including five against Central Lakes Conference opponents.

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The Cardinals won the match in three close sets 25-23, 25-18 and 25-22. The win kept them in first place and undefeated against CLC opponents this season.

Head coach Becky Schlichting said a team effort helped the Cardinals pull out the win over Willmar.

“The well-rounded Cardinal offense continues to be a highlight of the team and a large reason for their success,” Schlichting said. “When our back-row players do their job and get the ball up to our setter, we are unstoppable.”

Liz Schultz led the Cardinals with 12 kills in the match, followed by Wensia Johnson with seven. Amanda Haack provided 34 assists to the team.

Gretchen Watkins led the team with 11 digs, and Kalley Bistodeau was second with 10.

WEEKEND

TOURNAMENT

The Cardinals also traveled to Apple Valley over the weekend where they finished 2-2 in the Eagle Invitational tournament.

The Cardinals picked up wins over Andover and Moorhead in the tournament and lost to Eagan and Waconia.

“This was an extremely positive weekend for the girls, and one which they should have left with a lot of confidence,” Schlichting said. “They played hard against tough teams and executed well against teams they needed to win.”

The weekend tournament started with a Friday match against Eagan, the third-ranked team in the September 17 Class AAA coaches poll. The Cardinals lost the first set 13-25, but played a closer second set before falling 20-25.

The Cardinals rebounded to beat Andover in their second match on Friday 25-23, 25-21.

On Saturday, the Cardinals started out with a win over Moorhead in three sets 25-20, 12-25, 15-8, but they were unable to close out the tournament with a victory over Waconia. The Cardinals won the first set against Waconia 26-24, but they were unable to win the last two 21-25, 18-20.

The next home match for the Cardinals volleyball team is at 7 p.m. this Thursday against Central Lakes Conference opponent Brainerd.

MATCH STATISTICS

ALEXANDRIA 3, WILLMAR 0

(25-23, 25-18, 25-22)

ALEXANDRIA – Amanda Haack – 1 kill, 34 assists, 1 ace, 6 digs, 1 block; Kalley Bistodeau – 6 kills, 1 assist, 10 digs; Emily Kuennen – 6 kills, 2 digs; Amanda Christianson – 5 kills, 3 aces, 9 digs, 2 blocks; Wensia Johnson – 7 kills, 2 digs; Liz Schultz – 12 kills, 1 assist, 9 digs, 2 blocks; Gretchen Watkins – 1 kill, 1 assist, 11 digs; Katie Dolan – 1 assist, 12 digs

TOURNAMENT STATISTICS

EAGAN 2, ALEXANDRIA 0

(13-25, 20-25)

ALEXANDRIA – Haack – 1 kill, 16 assists, 4 digs; Bistodeau – 1 kill, 5 digs; Kuennen – 1 kill, 1 block; Christianson – 3 kills, 9 digs; Johnson – 6 kills, 1 dig; Schultz – 5 kills, 3 digs, 2 blocks; Watkins – 3 digs; Dolan – 2 digs

ALEXANDRIA 2, ANDOVER 0

(25-23, 25-21)

ALEXANDRIA – Haack – 1 kill, 25 assists, 1 ace, 3 digs; Bistodeau – 6 kills, 3 digs; Kuennen – 3 kills, 1 dig; Christianson – 3 kills, 3 aces, 7 digs; Johnson – 7 kills, 2 digs, 1 block; Schultz – 6 kills, 2 aces, 4 digs; Watkins – 2 digs; Dolan – 1 ace, 3 digs

ALEXANDRIA 2, MOORHEAD 1

(25-20, 12-25, 15-8)

ALEXANDRIA – Haack – 23 assists, 1 ace, 4 digs, 1 block; Bistodeau – 2 kills, 1 ace, 12 digs; Kuennen – 2 kills, 1 block; Christianson – 7 kills, 2 assists, 1 ace, 7 digs, 1 block; Johnson – 10 kills, 1 dig; Schultz – 3 kills, 2 aces, 5 digs, 1 block; Watkins – 6 digs; Dolan – 4 aces, 5 digs

WACONIA 2, ALEXANDRIA 1

(26-24, 21-25, 18-20)

ALEXANDRIA – Haack – 3 kills, 26 assists, 2 aces, 5 digs, 1 block; Bistodeau – 4 kills, 1 ace, 11 digs; Kuennen – 1 kill, 1 dig; Christianson – 3 kills, 11 digs; Johnson – 11 kills, 1 dig, 1 block; Schultz – 7 kills, 2 aces, 9 digs; 4 blocks; Watkins – 1 ace, 9 digs; Dolan – 2 aces, 6 digs

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Blaze Fugina
Blaze Fugina is a sports reporter at the Echo Press. Before working in Alexandria, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. He previously worked as the community editor of the Mound Laker for more than a year. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.
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