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Volleyball: WCA mounts 3-2 comeback on Arrows

Kaitlyn Sanstead

The West Central Area volleyball team flipped a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 win at Ashby-Destiny Academy on Thursday, opening the new season on the right foot.

“We got off to a really slow start, but with a few adjustments, we eventually found our rhythm in set three,” WCA head coach Amy Linn said. “I am very proud of the heart the girls showed (Thursday). They didn’t give up when their backs were against the wall.”

The Arrows (0-1) took the first two sets of the year by matching 25-23 scores. However, the Knights (1-0) stormed back in the final three sets of the night.

WCA won the third 25-12 before tying the game in the fourth with a 25-16 victory. And, in the deciding fifth set, West Central Area completed the comeback with a 15-11 victory.

West Central Area was led by Kaitlyn Sanstead, as the senior defensive specialist finished with 35 digs to go along with Kaleigh Anderson’s 18. Morgan Woodle paced the Knights offensively with 16 kills.

In the loss, Ashby-Destiny Academy was led offensively through Aanika Anderson’s 11 kills and Brynn Krupke’s 10. Amelia Barry tallied 29 assists to go along with 15 digs, which was bested by only Courtney Koefod’s 23 digs. Josey Ness added 14 digs into the mix, while Halle Dahlen and Krupke each recorded two blocks. Koefod finished with three aces, as well.

WCA will return to action at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4, when it hosts New York Mills, while the Arrows travel to Battle Lake for a 7:15 p.m. matchup on Sept. 4.

Micah Friez

Micah Friez is a sports reporter for the Echo Press in Alexandria. A native of East Grand Forks, Minn., he is a 2018 graduate of Bemidji State University with a degree in Creative and Professional Writing. Follow him on Twitter at @micahfriez for Alexandria area sports updates and jokes he thinks are funny.

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