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WCA volleyball wins against CGB, loses to LPGE

The West Central Area volleyball team found itself in a five-set battle against Long Prairie-Grey Eagle at home Thursday but could not come out with a victory.

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The Knights won the second and third sets in the match but could not finish off the Thunder. Head coach Beth Hill said the team needs to improve their ability to close out matches.

“I think a lot can be said for teams we play that are “used to” winning and we aren’t at that place quite yet,” Hill said. “We are close but we need a little more confidence.”

Holly Van Kempen led the Knights’ offense with 19 kills and seven blocks. Christina Kruize led the team’s defense with 29 digs.

The Knights are 9-6 overall this season with a 4-4 record in Prairie Conference play.

MATCH STATISTICS

LPGE 3, WEST CENTRAL AREA 2

(25-22, 11-25, 20-25, 26-24, 15-13)

WCA – Tiana Christenson – 15 kills, 25 digs; Christina Kruize – 36 assists, 29 digs, 4 kills; Holly Van Kempen – 19 kills, 15 digs, 7 blocks; Doranna Blascyk – 15 digs, 5 kills, 2 blocks; Kiersten Sabolik – 13 digs; Alysa Aanerud – 2 kills, 2 blocks, 5 assists; Jordan Anderson – 2 kills, 2 blocks, 1 dig; Courtney Lock – 12 digs

WCA 3, CGB 1

After losing its first set to Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley, the West Central Area volleyball team made a comeback to win a four-set match Monday in Barrett.

The Knights started out slow against CGB but were able to rebound. Holly Van Kempen led the Knights’ offense with 20 kills and eight blocks, and Christina Kruize had 34 assists. Tiana Christenson added eight kills in the match and led on defense with 39 digs.

The Knights will wrap up their season on Tuesday with the final home match of the regular season.

MATCH RESULTS

WCA 3, CGB 1

(22-25, 29-27, 25-23, 25-17)

WCA – Holly Van Kempen – 20 kills, 8 blocks, 10 digs; Christina Kruize – 34 assists, 2 blocks, 19 digs; Tiana Christenson – 8 kills, 39 digs; Kiersten Sabolik – 18 digs; Doranna Blascyk – 5 kills, 20 digs; Alysa Aanerud – 2 blocks; Jordan Anderson – 2 blocks, 3 digs, 4 kills; Courtney Lock – 11 digs, 4 aces; Genavie Haraldson – 3 digs, 2 aces

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