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Sports roundup from Tuesday, October 8


Alexandria 3, St. Cloud Tech 0 (25-23, 25-19, 25-18)

The Cardinal volleyball team will take an unblemished record in the Central Lakes Conference into a home showdown with Rocori on Thursday night after beating St. Cloud Tech 3-0 on Tuesday.

The Cardinals held off the Tigers in a tight first set before completing the sweep with 25-19 and 25-18 wins. Four different players had at least six kills for Alexandria. Kalley Bistodeau led the way with eight. Amanda Christianson and Liz Schultz each had seven and Wensia Johnson finished with six. Amanda Haack set them up with 28 assists, while Gretchen Watkins had a team-high 11 digs.

Thursday's match against Rocori (16-4, 9-1 CLC) will be a battle for the top spot in the CLC. A win would give the Cardinals (15-5, 10-0) the outright championship with the Spartans needing a win to force a tie atop the league standings. Both teams have just one conference game left on the schedule after Thursday night.

Osakis 3, Eden Valley-Watkins 0 (25-4, 25-14, 25-14)

The Osakis volleyball team dominated Eden Valley-Watkins on Tuesday night, allowing just four points in the first set before going on to complete the sweep.

The Silverstreaks (18-6) never let the Eagles (8-14) get anything going all night. Brooke Sorenson continued to establish herself as a consistent threat at the net with 12 kills for Osakis. Madi Forsell added six and Annalise Savageau finished with four kills, 11 assists, 6 serving aces and 15 digs.

West Central Area 3, Brandon-Evansville 2 (25-22, 13-25, 25-21, 14-25, 15-13)

The West Central Area volleyball team outlasted Brandon-Evansville in a back and forth match on Tuesday night as the Knights edged the Chargers 15-13 in a decisive fifth set.

Caroline Jansen had 19 kills for Brandon-Evansville and Mariah Hansen added 25 digs and nine kills. That wasn't quite enough to overcome 14 kills apiece from Holly Van Kempen and Tiana Christenson of WCA. Christenson added 28 digs, two ace serves and two blocks, while Van Kempen had four blocks. Christina Kruize set them up with 33 assists.

The win moved West Central Area to 11-6 overall and to 6-0 against section opponents.

"That should help us out when seedings come out next week to begin playoffs," Knights head coach Beth Hill said. "This wa a big game for us."

The Chargers fell to 15-9-2 overall. The Chargers are now 11-3 against Section 6A opponents this season.

Morris 3, Minnewaska 0 (25-23, 25-14, 25-19)

Morris dropped Minnewaska to 9-12 overall and to 3-8 in the West Central Conference with a three-set sweep over the Lakers on Tuesday.

Taylor Amundson directed the offense with 20 assists in a losing effort for Minnewaska. Ariel Ostrander and Emma Middendorf each had seven kills, while Ostrander also added 17 digs to help carry the defense.

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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