The Ashby volleyball team got another Little Eight Conference victory on Tuesday night.
This time it came against Battle Lake as the Arrows took care of the Battlers in three games, winning the third 27-25 to secure the victory.
“We came out of the gates fast and won the first game very quickly,” Ashby head coach Brenda Johnson said. “But we knew from the first time we played Battle Lake that they are better than they played [in game one]. Our net play and transition in the second game was on. Our outsides found holes in their defense. The third game of the match was point-for-point.”
The usual suspects helped lead the way for Ashby as Emily Johnson had 23 assists and Amanda Johnson and Alisha Sethre led the team in kills with 11 and eight, respectively. Josie Kent had a good game from the back row with 12 digs, while also going 16-of-18 from the serving line with 14 points.
Battle Lake 9-20-25
ASHBY LEADERS – Emily Johnson – 9 digs, 23 assists, 11/13 serving, 4 points; Alisha Sethre – 11 digs, 8 kills, 8/9 serving, 7 points; Josie Kent – 12 digs, 1 assist, 16/18 serving, 14 points; Deanna Martinson – 7 digs, 8/9 serving, 5 points; Amanda Johnson – 10 digs, 11 kills, 5/6 serving, 4 points; Alyssa Mickelson – 3 blocks, 8 digs, 2 kills, 9/9 serving, 6 points; Lauren Risbrudt – 3 blocks, 6 digs, 2 assists, 1 kill; Kelly Falk – 1 block, 5 digs, 1 assist, 1 kill
Ashby 3, Rothsay 2
Ashby got everything it could handle from Rothsay last Thursday night but the Arrows held off the Tigers in five games to pick up another Little Eight Conference win.
“Wow,” Ashby head coach Brenda Johnson said. “I said early in the season there won’t be an easy match in the LEC and tonight proved me right. Rothsay gave us everything except the kitchen sink. The girls pulled through when they needed to.”
Every game was decided by three points or less in this back and forth battle. The Arrows got up early by winning the first game but dropped the next two to put them on the brink of elimination. Ashby persevered in games four and five, winning 25-22 and 15-13 to secure the win.
“We had ups and downs but managed to come out of the gym with a win,” Johnson said. “The girls really showed a lot of heart tonight and pushed themselves through. We had big plays from everybody when we needed to. They just never quit believing that they [were] going to win.”
Emily Johnson put the ball on the net for her hitters with 50 assists in the match. Amanda Johnson and Alisha Sethre took advantage of that with 15 and 14 kills, respectively.
The win kept them within a game of Parkers Prairie in the LEC. The Panthers are undefeated and Ashby’s only conference loss came at the hands of Parkers Prairie on September 11.
ASHBY LEADERS – Emily Johnson – 50 assists, 3 digs, 4 kills, 16/20 serving, 13 points; Alisha Sethre – 1 assist, 7 digs, 14 kills, 17/19 serving, 13 points; Deanna Martinson – 6 digs, 16/16 serving, 9 points; Amanda Johnson – 1 assist, 6 digs, 15 kills, 13/17 serving, 12 points; Alyssa Mickelson – 3 digs, 3 blocks, 7 kills, 12/12 serving, 6 points; Josie Kent – 9 digs, 11/11 serving, 7 points; Lauren Risbrudt – 1 dig, 3 blocks, 2 kills; Kelly Falk – 1 assist, 6 digs, 2 blocks, 6 kills