The Alexandria volleyball team swept a third straight match on Tuesday as St. Cloud Apollo was no match for the Cardinals in 25-15, 25-16 and 25-10 sets.
The win moved Alexandria over the .500 mark to 10-9 overall. The Cardinals are 7-2 in the Central Lakes Conference, good for third in the league behind Sartell-St. Stephen (16-1, 8-0 CLC) and Brainerd (15-5, 8-1 CLC).
Three different Alexandria players had at least seven kills. Mia McGrane had 14, Ella Grove had 12 and Maggie Anderson finished with seven. Erika Roderick set them up with 32 assists and McGrane also led the team from the back row with eight digs.
ALEXANDRIA 3, ST. CLOUD APOLLO 0
(25-15, 25-16, 25-10)
ALEXANDRIA - Tessa McGrane - 2 aces, 2 assists, 7 digs; Meg Shercliffe - 2 aces, 5 digs; Madison Heid - 2 aces, 2 kills, 1 block, 1 dig; Lilly Thul - 4 blocks; Cora Larson - 1 dig; Maggie Anderson - 7 kills, 2 blocks, 4 digs; Maddie Buysse - 1 block; Erika Roderick - 3 aces, 2 kills, 1 block, 32 assists, 8 digs; Ella Grove - 12 kills, 1 block, 1 assist, 3 digs; Mia McGrane - 14 kills, 1 block, 9 digs; Micaela Nelson - 1 ace, 1 dig
Chargers take Tigers in four
Brandon-Evansville got back on track Tuesday night with a 3-1 win over the Rothsay Tigers (6-10).
The Chargers (12-3) beat the Tigers 3-1 in Evansville behind solid performances for their junior hitters. Bailey Schaefer had nine kills and eight digs, while Mikenna Pattrin had 10 kills and two blocks.
The night didn’t start as planned for B-E. After dropping the first set, they were behind the eight ball for the second match this week.
“We knew it would be a battle,” B-E had coach Kelly Olson said. “They have switched out their lineup and seemed to have good results. We jumped out to a big lead only to see them battle back and finish us off in the first set. I thought we played hard with the lineup we had, but a few things didn’t swing our way.”
The Chargers went on to win the next three sets with some opportune serves.
“We had some really timely aces,” Olson said. “We did a good job of controlling what we could and being better with the third contact. Set four saw Rothsay come back and make it interesting, but a missed serve gave us match point. It was a good match. With everyone on our roster getting in and contributing to the win, it’s great to see improvement in Rothsay from our first meeting.”
B-E 3, ROTHSAY 0
(24-26, 25-17, 25-17, 25-20)
B-E- Kailee Klimek 4 aces, 4 kills, 11 digs; Bailey Schaefer 9 kills, 8 digs, Kristen Kokett 13 digs; Brittany Korkowski 3 aces, 4 kills, 4 digs; Mikenna Pattrin 10 kills, 2 blocks, 2 digs; Boris Jacobson 2 aces, 2 digs; Korrie Randt 2 kills, 26 set assists, 7 digs; Sydney Schaefer 2 aces; Haddey Zastrow 1 ace, 2 kills, 6 digs; Taylor Yeats 1 kill; Gretchen Bredberg 1 dig
Royals sweep Osakis
Osakis ran into a top Class AA program on Tuesday night as the 21-1 Royalton Royals swept the Silverstreaks (6-13) by 25-10, 25-20 and 25-18 scores.
Osakis served at a 97.9-percent clip, but the Royals were too much across the board. Cassie Halbur, Emily Waldorf, Jacey Larson and Laynee Hartshorn all had a team-high four kills for the Silverstreaks. Jose Hartshorn had nine assists and Larson had a team-high nine digs.
ROYALTON 3, OSAKIS 0
(25-10, 25-20, 25-18)
OSAKIS - Abby Breiter - 4 digs; Alexis Johanson - 1 kill, 3 blocks, 4 digs; Alli Rach - 2 aces, 6 digs; Cassie Halbur - 4 kills, 1 block; Emily Waldorf - 4 kills; Greta Faber - 1 assist, 6 digs; Jacey Larson - 4 kills, 1 block, 9 digs; Jose Hartshorn - 1 ace, 1 block, 9 assists, 8 digs; Laynee Hartshorn - 1 ace, 4 kills, 1 block, 4 digs
Early lead disappears for WCA
West Central Area started Tuesday night’s match against Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley (14-3) exactly the way it wanted to.
The Knights (4-15) led almost the entire first set before the Wolverines tied the score at 20-20. CGB went on to win the set before taking the match 3-0.
Even though WCA suffered the loss, head coach Melissa Fosslein believes that her team took a step in the right direction.
“It was a tough loss as we just didn’t finish like we should have,” she said. “Instead of playing to win, we played safe. We are proud of the way we played though. The girls have really progressed since the last time we faced this team. Our mental game has improved, the chemistry on the floor is 10 times better and they are having fun.”
CBG 3, WCA 0
(26-24, 25-15, 25-18)
WCA- Kaylyn Ulrich 2 aces; Kaleigh Anderson 1 ace, 13 st assists; Hailey Bennett 5 set assists, 4 kills; Ellie Herman 7 digs, 3 kills, 1 block; Morgan Stark 8 digs, 7 kills; Lizzie Rustan 7 kills
Minnewaska swept by Sauk Centre
Minnewaska ran into a buzz saw on Tuesday night when they traveled to Sauk Centre.
The Lakers (9-6) were swept by the Mainstreeters (16-2) despite a great match from Ellie Danielson. She had 35 digs, and 13 kills in the loss. Alexis Piekarski had seven kills and 12 digs on the night.
Sauk Centre is riding a seven-match win streak and has one loss in its last 16 matches.
SAUK CENTRE 3, MINNEWASKA 0
(25-18, 25-23, 25-16)
MINNEWASKA- Avery Hoeper 3 kills, 1 serve assist, 8 digs; Brecklyn Beyer 1 dig; Alexis Piekarski 7 kills, 1 ace, 1 set assist, 2 digs; Ellie Danielson 3 kills, 1 set assist, 25 digs; Sara Geiser 4 kills, 24 set assist, 5 digs; Emma Thorfinnson 3 kills, 6 digs, Makena Panitzke 4 kills, 10 digs; Grace Bartles 1 dig