Volleyball roundup: West Central Area's Macy Grosz sets career assists record as a sophomore

Grosz finished with 50 assists on Tuesday in leading the Knights to a win at Melrose, while Sartell handed Alexandria its first loss of the season.

Macy Grosz
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The West Central Area volleyball team went back-and-forth with Melrose on Tuesday before the Knights won a 16-14 fifth set to improve to 2-1 on the season, and sophomore setter Macy Grosz set a new career-assists record in the process.

WCA won sets one and four after Melrose took the second and third sets, both in extra points at 27-25 and 28-26.

It was a change after the Knights breezed through the first set, 25-14.

“Melrose stepped it up and it became a dog fight the next four sets,” WCA head coach Melissa Foslien said. “It was a night with a lot of blocking and a lot of solid attacks, which made for long rallies and the win could have gone either way. Macy Grosz set a new school record this evening, topping West Central Area’s all time setting record with 967 set assists. We are early into her sophomore season, so we are excited to see her continue reaching new goals.

“Mya Foslien had a solid performance at the attack line with 26 kills. But steady serving and relentless defense by Sophie Sanstead and Madelyn Westrom gave (us) the energy needed to push through for a win.”


Grosz set up her hitters with 50 assists in the win.


(25-14, 25-27, 26-28, 25-22, 16-14)

WCA - Addison Staples - 19-21 serving, 1 ace, 9 digs, 14 kills, 1 block; Mya Foslien - 14-14 serving, 1 ace, 14 digs, 26 kills, 4 blocks; Macy Grosz - 18-18 serving, 1 ace, 50 assists, 21 digs; Izzy Puchalski - 14-17 serving, 5 aces, 10 digs; Whitney Westrom - 18-18 serving, 2 aces, 6 digs, 8 kills, 2 blocks; Madelyn Westrom - 15-16 serving, 16 digs, 6 kills, 1 block; Sophie Sanstead - 32 digs; Alaina Sykora - 10 digs

Sabres sweep Alexandria

The Alexandria volleyball team ran into a tough night on Tuesday as the Cardinals dropped their first match of the season.

Sartell-St. Stephen, a Class 4A program out of Section 8, swept Alexandria (8-3A). The Cardinals dropped to 3-1, while the Sabres improved to 2-1 with their lone loss coming at Elk River on Aug. 30.

Addie Rossum had four serving aces for Alexandria. Hadley Thul finished with a team-high 7 kills, and Charlotte Lempka added 6.

The Cardinals are off until Sept. 13 when they go to Willmar for a 7 p.m. match. They return home on Sept. 15 to host the No. 1-ranked team in Class 3A, the Marshall Tigers at 7:15 p.m.


Lakers get by Montevideo

Minnewaska won a 3-1 match over Montevideo on Tuesday.

Avery Fier and Dreya Barsness had 13 and 10 kills, respectively. Fier added 22 digs, and Haley Shea finished with 30 assists.


MINNEWASKA - Avery Fier - 13 kills, 3 aces, 4 assists, 22 digs, 1 block; Brooklyn Meyer - 1 kill, 3 aces, 1 assist, 10 digs; Dacia Fleury - 5 kills, 3 aces, 7 digs, 1 block; Dreya Barsness - 10 kills, 6 assists, 8 digs, 1 block; Grace Zenk - 1 ace; Haillie Schultz - 7 kills, 1 ace, 9 digs, 2 blocks; Haley Shea - 5 kills, 30 assists, 13 digs; Miaya Guggisberg - 1 kill, 2 assists

Volleyball scores from Sept. 6

(Stats not yet available)

Osakis (1-5) 3, Upsala (1-2) 0

Parkers Prairie (2-0) 3, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley (2-1) 0

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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