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Knights volleyball stays tough on the road

The West Central Area volleyball team picked up their first win against a conference opponent last Thursday, beating Long Prairie-Grey Eagle in five sets.

West Central Area won the match 25-18, 24-26, 25-18, 23-25 and 15-8.

The Knights are 3-0, but two of their wins this season have come in five sets. Head coach Beth Hill said it would be nice for the team to play shorter matches, but they have gained valuable experience through these tough wins.

"These games challenge us and force us to become a better team," Hill said. "We test our endurance, our mental toughness and our ability to keep fighting."

The Knights started the first set a little slow, but rebounded for the 25-18 win.

In set number two, the Knights experienced some lapses in discipline and focus. This allowed LPGE to fight back and even the score.

"Overall it was still good, but we need to develop and maintain our consistency," Hill said.

The Knights rebounded to take the third set 25-18, and after losing a close fourth set they pulled away in the fifth set 15-8.

Hill saw some positive signs from the Knights as they stayed mentally tough in a long road match.

"They battled through long rallies and worked to make extraordinary plays," Hill said. "They overcame loud fans and pressure situations and they did not quit."

Tiana Christenson led the Knights on defense with 26 digs, and Holly Van Kempen finished with 14 kills and 14 digs. Christina Kruize had 28 set assists in the match.

The next conference match for the Knights was Tuesday against Osakis at home.


WEST CENTRAL AREA 25 24 25 23 15 — 3

LONG PRAIRIE-GREY EAGLE 18 26 18 25 8 — 2

WEST CENTRAL AREA — Holly Van Kempen — 14 kills, 14 digs, 6 solo blocks, 5 block assists; Tiana Christenson — 26 digs; Christina Kruize — 14 digs, 28 assists, 5 kills, 5 aces; Courtney Lock — 20 digs; Kiersten Sabolik — 15 digs, 2 set assists; Jordan Anderson — 3 kills, 3 digs, 2 block assists; Alysa Aanerud — 3 kills, 1 solo block, 4 block assists; Doranna Blascyk — 3 kills, 20 digs