Volleyball roundup: Alexandria improves to 3-0 with road win at Tech

Maddi Buysse had 28 kills to lead the Cardinals, while WCA overcome a first-set loss to beat Morris.

Maddi Buysse
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The Alexandria volleyball team got its second road win of the week and improved to 3-0 with a four-set win over St. Cloud Tech on Thursday night.

Maddi Buysse set the tone with a dominant night at the net. She finished with 28 kills and two blocks. Hadley Thul chipped in 10 kills, while senior setter Kiya Issendorf had 46 assists. Thul and Issendorf each had a team-best 18 digs as well.

(25-18, 25-20, 9-25, 5-21)

ALEXANDRIA - Eden Watkins - 1 ace, 2 assists, 9 digs; Miah Wessel - 1 ace, 2 assists, 8 digs; Amelia Williams - 2 kills, 3 blocks, 1 assist, 1 dig; Kiya Issendorf - 3 kills, 2 blocks, 46 assists, 18 digs; Chloe Scholl - 2 digs; Addie Rossum - 2 aces, 8 kills, 2 blocks, 1 dig; Emma Ballou - 2 kills, 1 dig; Hadley Thul - 1 ace, 10 kills, 1 assist, 18 digs; Maddi Buysse - 28 kills, 2 blocks, 1 dig; Julia Doherty - 1 ace, 4 digs; Eva Eisel - 4 digs

Knights overcome slow start

West Central Area overcame a 25-15 loss in the first set against Morris Area-Chokio-Alberta to win in four sets on Thursday.


The Knights won 25-20, 25-23 and 25-17 the rest of the way.

“We had to change our defense, as our blockers were getting touches and we were getting caught on our heels off the touch,” WCA head coach Melissa Foslien said. “This change helped immensely, and the girls did a good job covering the middle of the floor, especially Macy Grosz and Sophie Sanstead. They were all over the court and made some remarkable saves. Our hitters were quiet the first set. We couldn’t get our offense going. Once we found Mya Foslien in sets three and four, we started getting into our rhythm and playing with confidence.”

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Grosz had a team-high 28 digs to go with 36 assists. Mya Foslien had 23 kills, and Addison Staples finished with 11.

“Big props to our middles, Whitney Westrom and Izzy Puchalski.” coach Foslien said. “Their touches on blocks, despite being small, helped us dig up some pretty hard shots.”

WCA is 1-1 on the season heading into a game at Melrose on Sept. 6.


(15-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-17)

WCA - Serving: Whitney Westrom 19/19 -2 Aces; Mya Foslien 14/15-2 Aces; Macy Grosz 15/15, Madelyn Westrom 9/10, Lexi Hunter 9/10


Set Assists: Macy Grosz 36

Digs: Macy Grosz 28, Madelyn Westrom 14, Mya Foslien 12, Sophie Sanstead 11

Kills: Mya Foslien 23, Addison Staples 11, Whitney Westrom 4, Izzy Puchalski 3, Madelyn Westrom 3

Blocks: Madelyn Westrom 1, Whitney Westrom 1

CGB sweeps Ashby

Ashby ran into a tough Section 6A program on Thursday as Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley (3-0) swept the Arrows (1-1) by 25-11, 25-12 and 25-12 scores.

“Our youth and inexperience was obvious as we struggled to adjust to serves and attacks,” Ashby head coach Hayley Stevens said. “(CGB head coach Kristi) Moberg always has a team who comes out swinging big and hitting hard. We still pulled together on many volleys, and the girls pushed points and even runs as they focused on communication and reminding each other of where everyone is on the court. We were a little short sighted with those shining moments though so we couldn't ever grasp onto anything for more than a point or too.”

Haleigh Brendmoen had 6 assists for the Arrows, and BrookeLinn Finkelson had five kills.

“Tuesday we host Hillcrest in our home opener and look forward to having a couple more days in the gym between these games to iron out some wrinkles and continue to work towards the rhythm that will make this team beat as one,” Stevens said.



(25-11, 25-12, 25-12)

ASHBY - Ryleigh Brendmoen - 3 digs, 3 kills, 3-7 serving; Haleigh Brendmoen - 1 dig, 6 assists; Chloe Finkelson - 1 kill, 2 blocks; Lucy Ohren - 2 digs, 6-6 serving, 2 aces; Sienna Williams - 3 digs, 2 assists, 3-4 serving, 2 aces; Jessi Schlundt - 1 dig, 2 kills, 3-6 serving; BrookeLinn Finkelson - 1 dig, 5 kills, 1 block; Alyssa Johnson - 2 digs, 3-3 serving

BOLD bests Minnewaska

Mari Ryberg had 11 kills, Ady Knake 10 and Kenzie Visser nine in BOLD’s 25-19, 25-18, 11-25, 25-10 victory over Minnewaska at Glenwood.

Layla Pfarr had 36 set assists and Delaney Tersteeg added 14 digs for the Warriors, who improved to 2-0.

Both teams came into the match 1-0 in the West Central Conference. BOLD next plays Benson at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Olivia. Minnewaska has another West Central match at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at Montevideo.

(Report by Joe Brown / Forum News Service)

BOLD (2-0)                 25   25   11   25

Minnewaska (1-1)      19   18   25   10

BOLD - Serving (aces): Ady Knake 1, Mari Ryberg 1, Layla Pfarr 1 … Set assists: Pfarr 36 … Hitting (kills): Ryberg 11, Knake 10, Kenzie Visser 9 … Blocking (aces): Grace Tersteeg 3, Visser 3, Maddy Brummer 2 … Digs (5 or more): Delaney Tersteeg 14, Knake 8, Pfarr 7

Minnewaska - Serving (aces): Haley Shea 2, Avery Fier 2, Amanda Lohre, 1, Brooklyn Meyer 1, Dacia Fleury 1, Dreya Barsness 1 … Set assists: Shea 28, Fleury 1, Fier 1 … Hitting (kills): Barsness 11, Fier 6, Fleury 6, Miaya Guggisberg 4, Haillie Schultz 3, Meyer 1, Shea 1 … Blocking (aces): Schultz 1, Guggisberg 1 … Digs (5 or more): Fleury 15, Barsness 11, Fier 10, Shea 8, Schultz 4, Meyer 3, Guggisberg 1

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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