Volleyball: Alexandria struggles at Eden Prairie
The Alexandria volleyball team continued to test itself against strong competition in its first tournament of the season in Eden Prairie over the weekend.
The Cardinals won their first match of the year but came up short in three other contests against Minnetonka, Hill Murray and Southwest Minneapolis. The lone win came against Mounds View in the third match of the day. Alexandria won game one 25-23 before dropping the second, 14-25. The Cardinals rebounded from there, winning 25-13 in the decisive game three.
"The girls continued to grow as a team each match," head coach Becky Schlichting said. "While there were definitely some ups and downs throughout the days, the ups were definitely much brighter than the downs. We continue to demonstrate immense potential both individually as players and as a team."
Sam Trumm, Brianna Johnson and Danielle Warren led a balanced attack at the net against Mounds View. Each of those three had four kills. Laurel Thompson and Allie Noetzelman set them up with seven and nine assists, respectively.
"When we get the ball to our setters consistently, we are capable of doing some wonderful things with our offense," Schlichting said. "And as our young setters continue to improve and get more consistent with their placement, our hitters will begin to connect at a much more frequent rate."
Southwest Minneapolis 2, Alexandria 0
ALEXANDRIA LEADERS - Sam Trumm - 1 kill, 1 ace, 11 digs; Kaitlin Becker - 3 kills, 2 blocks; Amanda Christianson - 4 kills, 5 blocks; Danielle Warren - 1 kill; Laurel Thompson - 4 kills, 3 blocks, 5 assists; Allie Noetzelman - 1 aces, 6 assists; Shanee' Herd - 11 digs
Alexandria 2, Moundsview 1
(25-23, 14-25, 25-13)
ALEXANDRIA LEADERS - Trumm - 4 kills, 3 blocks, 7 digs; Becker - 1 kill, 1 block; Christianson - 1 kill, 1 ace; Brianna Johnson - 4 kills, 2 aces; Warren - 4 kills; Thompson - 1 ace, 7 assists; Noetzelman - 1 kill, 1 ace, 9 assists; Cameron Swedberg - 1 kill; Herd - 11 digs
Hill Murray 2, Alexandria 0
ALEXANDRIA LEADERS - Trumm - 2 kills, 2 blocks, 1 ace; Becker - 1 kill; Christianson - 1 kill, 1 block; Johnson - 4 kills, 1 ace; Emily Kuennen - 1 ace; Thompson - 2 kills, 4 blocks, 5 assists; Noetzelman - 4 assists; Herd - 13 digs
Minnetonka 2, Alexandria 0
ALEXANDRIA LEADERS - Trumm - 3 kills, 1 block; Becker - 3 kills; Christianson - 2 aces; Johnson - 2 kills; Warren - 1 kill, 1 ace, 7 digs; Kuennen - 1 kill, 1 ace; Thompson - 2 kills, 1 block, 1 ace, 3 assists; Noetzelman - 1 kills, 2 aces, 3 assists