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Roundup: Alexandria keeps pace atop the CLC with sweep of St. Cloud Tech

West Central Area earned its 15th win on Tuesday.

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Alexandria's Maddi Buysse puts down a kill against Rocori on Sept. 28, 2021. Buysse had a team-high 9 kills on Tuesday to help the Cardinals (16-1 overall) sweep St. Cloud Tech. (Eric Morken / Alexandria Echo Press)

The Alexandria volleyball team kept pace atop the standings in the Central Lakes Conference with Willmar on Tuesday night as the Cardinals (16-1) swept St. Cloud Tech (5-10) by scores of 25-10, 25-14 and 25-16.

Alexandria is now 8-1 in the CLC. That’s the same record as Willmar (12-4 overall), which beat Alexandria in five sets on Sept. 14 but lost to Sartell (10-5) in a 3-2 final on Sept. 28.

Alexandria has two more CLC matches on the schedule when the Cardinals host Sauk Rapids-Rice on Oct. 14 and then go to Sartell on Oct. 19.

Alexandria again spread the ball around at the net to sweep St. Cloud Tech. Maddi Buysse had a team-high 9 kills, while Hadley Thul added 6 and Lilly Thul, Maggie Anderson and Charlotte Lempka each had 5. Kiya Issendorf set them up with 24 assists.

ALEXANDRIA 3, ST. CLOUD TECH 0

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ALEXANDRIA - KILLS - Maddi Buysse - 9; Lilly Thul - 5; Maggie Anderson - 5; Kiya Issendorf - 3; Hadley Thul - 6; Charlotte Lempka - 5; ACES - Tessa McGrane - 2; Erika Wentworth - 3; Hadley Thul - 1; Issendorf - 3; Cora Larson - 1; BLOCKS - Maddi Buysse - 3; Lempka - 4; Hadley Thul - 1; Lilly Thul - 3; ASSISTS - Issendorf - 24; McGrane - 1; Chloe Scholl - 4

Chargers stay unbeaten in LEC

Brandon-Evansville ran its winning streak in the Little Eight Conference to 33 matches on Tuesday as the Chargers (10-9, 6-0 LEC) beat Rothsay (0-21) in four sets.

“In sets 1 and 4, we made very few errors, passed the ball well, and served aggressively while keeping the ball in,” B-E head coach Kelly Olson said. “In the other two sets, we failed to do those things at that level, and the scores reflected our lack of focus. The team that played in sets 1 and 4 are what we are striving to be. In sets 1 and 4, we served 47/49 with 6 ace serves. In sets 2 and 3, we served 38/47 with 7 aces. Passing, hitting percentage, and set assists were following these same lines.”

Sydney Schaefer had a team-high four ace serves and 31 assists. Kylee Dingwall finished with 11 kills, while Taylor Yeats and Gretchen Bredberg each had 8. Taylor Suchy finished with a team-high 18 digs.

“The players have been working hard at becoming more consistent in their play in practice, but we need to carry that over to every point of every match, just not when things seem to be going well,” Olson said. “Everything really starts with the serve or the pass, and when we take care of the ball we are successful.”

The Chargers will put their long winning streak in the LEC on the line against Underwood on Thursday in Evansville. The Rockets (11-5 overall) are 7-0 in the LEC.

B-E 3, ROTHSAY 1

B-E LEADERS - SERVING ACES - Sydney Schaefer - 4; Taylor Yeats - 3; Kendall Hoidahl - 3; EmmaLee Brethorst - 2; Olivia Otto - 1; KILLS - Skylar Bitzan - 2; Sydney Schaefer - 1; Kylee Dingwall - 11; Taylor Suchy - 2; Taylor Yeats - 8; Kendall Hoidahl - 1; EmmaLee Brethorst - 3; Olivia Otto - 4; Grechen Bredberg - 8; Kaytlyn Pattrin - 1; ASSISTS - Sydney Schaefer - 31; Kylee Dingwall - 4; Taylor Yeats - 1; Olivia Otto - 1; Gretchen Bredberg - 1; DIGS - Sydney Schaefer - 7; Kylee Dingwall - 7; Taylor Suchy - 18; Taylor Yeats - 10; Kendall Hoidahl - 2; EmmaLee Brethorst - 3; Olivia Otto - 15; Gretchen Bredberg - 2; Kaytlyn Pattrin - 1

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Osakis beats Swanville

Osakis (8-10) took care of Swanville (4-11) in four sets on Tuesday as Alexis Johnson had a team-best 18 kills.

It was the third straight road match for the Silverstreaks and second straight win after sweeping LPGE on Sept. 30.

OSAKIS 3, SWANVILLE 1

OSAKIS - Alexis Johanson - 1 ace, 18 kills, 1 block, 20 digs; Greta Faber - 1 ace, 2 kills, 1 assist, 40 digs; Hayleigh Niehoff - 12 kills, 1 block, 12 digs; Josee Hartshorn - 3 kills, 1 block, 38 assists, 14 digs; Kali Schoeck - 1 ace, 6 kills, 1 block, 21 digs; Kiley Kranz - 3 kills, 1 block, 2 digs; Lara Drum - 1 dig; Mackenzie Holmquist - 11 digs; Madison Lipke - 3 kills, 3 blocks, 6 digs

Knights get 15th win

West Central Area (15-4) bounced back from a loss to Wheaton-Herman-Norcross on Sept. 30 by sweeping Pelican Rapids (5-12) on Tuesday.

The Knights won 25-20, 25-19 and 25-16.

“All three games started with tight back-and-forth play, but the Knights pulled away late in each set,” WCA head coach Melissa Foslien said. “We were without Kaitlyn Hansen tonight, our libero. We really miss her communication when she is not out on the court calling open shots for our hitters. Sophie Sanstead stepped up and did an excellent job in her place.”

Foslien said the Knights struggled with their blocking, but they overcame that with aggressive play offensively up front. Mya Foslien had 13 kills, and Elizabeth Rustan added 12. Macy Grosz had 32 assists and team-best 16 digs.

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“All of our hitters played very aggressively,” coach Foslien said. “Mya Foslien had a great kill to end the first set. Again a solid performance by Elizabeth Rustan hitting from the outside too. We know that we still need to work and keep getting better.”

WCA 3, PELICAN RAPIDS 0

WCA - Elizabeth Rustan - 10-10 serving, 1 ace, 12 digs, 12 kills, 1 block; Whitney Westrom - 11-12 serving, 1 ace, 3 digs, 5 kills; Macy Grosz - 17-17 serving, 2 aces, 32 assists, 16 digs, 1 kill; Mya Foslien - 10-10 serving, 1 ace, 11 digs, 13 kills; Lexi Hunter - 6-7 serving, 1 ace, 2 digs; Addison Staples - 12-14 serving, 1 ace, 3 assists, 7 digs, 1 kill; Madelyn Westrom - 7 digs; Sophie Sanstead - 9 digs, 1 kill; Halle Foslien - 6 kills, 1 block

Battle Lake outlasts Ashby

Ashby continues to fight as the Arrows (3-18) almost got their second Little Eight Conference win on Tuesday before Battle Lake (6-12) escaped with a 3-2 win.

The Battlers won 15-10 in the fifth set after 25-21 wins in the second and third sets. Ashby won 25-15 in the first and 25-19 in the fourth.

“This was a night of leaving it all on the court,” Ashby head coach Hayley Stevens said. “I'm so proud of the girls and their hard work and team togetherness. Each set was so close and one serve or pass finalized each, and we never let up. There was so much scrappiness on each side and some of the volleys seemed to last forever.”

Ryleigh Brendmoen had 17 kills, and Celi Nelson added 11. Brendmoen had a team-best 34 digs as well, while Catherine Koefod had 32 assists. The Arrows served at a 93% clip as a team.

BATTLE LAKE 3, ASHBY 2

ASHBY - Kyra Aamot - 14-16 serving, 20 digs; Celi Nelson - 29-29 serving, 4 aces, 11 kills, 18 digs; Catherine Koefod - 8-9 serving, 1 ace, 1 kill, 32 assists, 16 digs; Kaylee Schlundt - 13-13 serving, 2 aces, 3 kills, 3 assists, 4 digs; Livy Johnson - 5-7 serving, 1 ace, 8 kills, 8 digs; Ryleigh Brendmoen - 26-28 serving, 6 aces, 17 kills, 34 digs; BrookeLinn Finkelson - 3 kills, 5 digs; Alyssa Johnson - 3 digs; Lucy Ohren - 8 digs

Sauk Centre sweeps Minnewaska

Sauk Centre continued its impressive season as the Mainstreeters moved to 17-1 overall and 9-0 in the West Central Conference with a sweep of Minnewaska (4-14) on Tuesday.

Sauk Centre won by scores of 25-13, 25-18 and 25-10.

SAUK CENTRE 3, MINNEWASKA 0

MINNEWASKA - Haley Shea - 1 kill, 19 assists, 7 digs; Dacia Fleury - 6 kills; Addy Kath - 1 dig, 2 blocks; Miaya Guggisberg - 4 kills, 1 dig, 1 block; Avery Fier - 7 kills, 15 digs, 1 block; Brooklyn Larson - 4 kills, 1 ace, 6 digs, 1 block; Brooklyn Meyer - 1 assist, 1 dig; Mikalyn Andreas - 2 digs; Noa Beckwith - 1 dig

Scores from Tuesday, Oct. 5

(Stats not yet available)

Osakis (8-10) 3, Swanville (4-11) 1

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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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