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Volleyball roundup: WCA, Minnewaska fall to WCC teams; Ashby, B-E drop matches against Section 6A foes

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Mya Foslien tips the ball over Gretchen Bredberg on Aug. 27, 2021, in West Central Area's 3-2 win over Brandon-Evansville in the season opener. Foslien had 20 kills in WCA's 3-1 loss to BOLD on Sept. 15, 2022.
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BARRETT – The West Central Area volleyball team had a tough battle with the BOLD Warriors on Thursday, who are the 7th ranked team in the Class A QRF rankings on Minnesota-scores.net.

The Knights got the momentum going by winning the first set, but BOLD won the next three to win 3-1.

“We started off strong. We played so aggressively and with a never-give-up attitude,” WCA head coach Melissa Foslien said. “Our team really out-hustled them and I think we caught them off guard. We made some amazing saves, forced errors and we had the momentum going into and part of the way through the second set.”

WCA won the first set 25-16, while BOLD won set two 25-22, set three 25-16 and set four 25-15.

BOLD improved to 9-1 (5-1 West Central Conference) while WCA fell to 8-2 (4-2 WCC).

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Mya Foslien led the Knights in kills with 16, while Addison Staples had eight. Madelyn Westrom had 11 digs while Macy Grosz had 10. Grosz had 32 assists on the night.

“I was so impressed with Madelyn and Whitney Westrom’s hustle and intensity,” Melissa Foslien said. “Madelyn played so scrappy and Whitney went up against girls five-six inches taller than her in the middle and hit some very smart shots. It was just fun to see her excel against bigger players. Macy Grosz did a great job mixing up sets, Mya had some nice clean kills in set four, but a 0-7 start just was too hard to come back on against a team who hits as aggressively as BOLD.”

The Knights play their third Section 3AA match of the season at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20 on the road at Montevideo (3-7, 0-2 Section 3AA). WCA is 2-0 in Section 3AA matches.

All eight of WCA’s remaining matches are against conference opponents.

BOLD - 16 25 25 25 - 3

WCA - 25 22 16 15 - 1

WCA STATS - Addison Staples, 1 ace, 10 digs, 8 kills; Mya Foslien, 13 digs, 16 kills, 2 blocks; Macy Grosz, 1 ace, 32 assists, 10 digs; Whitney Westrom, 1 ace, 4 digs, 6 kills, 1 block; Madelyn Westrom, 1 ace, 11 digs, 7 kills; Izzy Puchalski, 1 ace, 6 digs, 1 kill; Sophie Sanstead, 14 digs; Alaina Sykora, 4 digs;

B-E gets swept by Park Christian in close sets

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Brandon-Evansville's Sydney Schaefer serves during a match against the Parkers Prairie Panthers on Sept. 8, 2022. B-E dropped to 4-5 with a 3-0 loss to Park Christian on Sept. 15, 2022.
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EVANSVILLE - The Brandon-Evansville Chargers (4-5) fell to the Park Christian Falcons (7-2) in a 3-0 sweep where all three sets were decided by four points or less.

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“We were excited to go against another strong team in Section 6A and we came out strong in set one but lost momentum,” B-E head coach Kelly Olson said. “Park Christian was solid in all aspects and we struggled to keep a consistent lineup on the floor. The players that came in for us did a tremendous job. We love their ability to play in the moment.”

Park Christian won sets one and two by four points and set three by two points.

“We hoped we could carry some flow into the second set and stuck with the lineup we ended with in set one,” Olson said. “We started slowly and struggled to get things going until the end of the second set once more. The difference was this lineup was playing as a unit and we again made a good run, but came up short. The third set saw us jump to a good lead, but allowed PC to close the gap at the end. We had some errors from the serving line in the last 7-9 points, which were costly. We had our chances but couldn't capitalize, resulting in us closing the night with a third set loss.”

The Chargers have a quick turnaround as they host Pelican Rapids (4-5) and Benson (3-9) on Saturday, starting at 2 p.m.

Park Christian - 25 25 26 - 3

Brandon-Evansville - 21 21 24 - 0

(Stats not yet available)

Hillcrest tops Ashby

The Hillcrest Lutheran Academy Comets kept their undefeated season alive with a 3-0 sweep of the Ashby Arrows on Thursday.

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“We saw good things happening from time to time,” Ashby head coach Hayley Stevens said. “We struggled to capitalize when the good things happened. Hillcrest is a strong hitting team this year and they have upped their game and work the net well, which tired us out. With only a week since we last saw this team, we changed things a bit and saw improvements in places. We continue to see that game to game. This group is young and learning how to depend on each other.”

Hillcrest is 10-0 on the season with Ashby is 1-9.

Ashby is on the road on Thursday, Sept. 22, against the Hancock Owls at 7:15 p.m.

“Early communication and anticipating the ball's movement are the focus for the next couple days and we have a long break until we head to Hancock,” Stevens said.

Hillcrest - 25 25 25 - 3

Ashby - 9 15 10 - 0 

ASHBY STATS - Ryleigh Brendmoen - 4 digs, 4 kills; Haleigh Brendmoen - 4 digs, 1 kill; BrookeLinn Finkelson - 1 dig, 2 kills; Alyssa Johnson - 3 digs; Lucy Ohren - 3 digs; Chloe Finkelson - 1 kill, 2 blocks; Livy Johnson - 3 kills; Sienna Williams - 2 aces; Mia Thompson - 1 dig

Minnewaska falls to 2-4

After dropping the first two sets to the Sauk Centre Mainstreeters, the Minnewaska Lakers won the third set to force a fourth set.

The Mainstreeters won the fourth set 25-19 and won the match 3-1 at home. The Mainstreeters are the sixth highest rated team in the Class AA QRF rankings on Minnesota-scores.net and improved to 12-2 on the season.

Dreya Barsness hit 20 kills for the Lakers while Dacia Fleury had 11. Barsness also had a team-high 29 digs. Haley Shea had 35 assists for the Lakers.

The Lakers host Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta (3-3) on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m.

Minnewaska - 12 15 25 20 - 1

Sauk Centre - 25 25 19 25 - 3

MINNEWASKA STATS - Brooklyn Meyer, 1 assist, 20 digs; Dacia Fleury, 1 assist, 11 kills, 15 digs, 1 block; Dreya Barsness, 20 kills, 1 ace, 29 digs, 2 block assists; Emma Poegel, 1 ace; Grace Denk, 6 digs; Hailie Schultz, 5 kills, 7 digs, 1 block assist; Haley Shea, 1 kill, 11 digs, 1 block; Miaya Guggisberg, 4 kills, 2 digs, 2 block assists

Volleyball scores from Sept. 15(Stats not yet available)

Parkers Prairie (4-1) 3, Wheaton-Herman-Norcross (2-7) 1

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