The Alexandria volleyball team honored its seven seniors on Thursday night the way the Cardinals have all season -- by getting another win.

Tessa McGrane, Hailie Kent, Erika Wentworth, Cora Larson, Addie Boesl, Maggie Anderson and Lilly Thul were recognized on Senior Night. All seven play roles on this now 18-1 team as the Cardinals beat Sauk Rapids-Rice in four sets.

The Storm (7-12) showed up ready to play in what was a Central Lakes Conference and Section 8AAA match. Sauk Rapids-Rice could be the second seed in the section tournament, and the Storm took the second set 25-23 after falling 25-17 in the first. They pushed Alexandria over the next two, but the Cardinals won 25-21 and 28-26 to stay unbeaten in section play.

Anderson was kept busy offensively with 52 hitting attempts as she finished with 15 kills. Freshman Hadley Thul had 20 kills and 21 digs. Junior setter Kiya Issendorf did a little bit of everything again with 53 assists, four ace serves and 19 digs.

Alexandria will end its regular season next Tuesday in Sartell (12-5, 8-2 CLC).

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ALEXANDRIA LEADERS - KILLS - Hadley Thul - 20; Maggie Anderson - 15; Maddi Buysse - 10; Charlotte Lempka - 9; ASSISTS - Kiya Issendorf - 53; ACES - Issendorf - 4; Cora Larson - 3; Erika Wentworth - 2; DIGS - Hadley Thul - 21; Issendorf - 19; Tessa McGrane - 17; Anderson - 11; BLOCKS - Anderson - 3; Lempka - 2

Osakis falls in five to talented Browerville team

Osakis (8-12) pushed one of the top Class A programs in the state to five sets on Thursday night, but Browerville-Eagle Valley (21-2) got through that fifth set with a win.

The Tigers (8-0 Prairie Conference) swept the Silverstreaks (5-3 Prairie) on Sept. 16, but Osakis almost evened up the season series in the rematch.

Greta Faber had 38 digs as part of the 141 team digs for Osakis. Alexis Johanson had 13 kills, while Hayleigh Niehoff and Kiley Kranz each added seven. Josee Hartshorn had 31 assists.

Osakis hosts Pierz (9-12-1) on Monday night at 7:15 before going on the road to Morris Area-Chokio-Alberta (5-17) for their final match of the regular season.


OSAKIS - Alexis Johanson - 1 ace, 13 kills, 2 blocks, 22 digs; Greta Faber - 3 assists, 38 digs; Hayleigh Niehoff - 7 kills, 15 digs; Josee Hartshorn - 1 ace, 5 kills, 1 block, 31 assists, 11 digs; Kali Schoeck - 4 kills, 25 digs; Kiley Kranz - 7 kills, 1 block, 6 digs; Lara Drum - 1 dig; Lexi Froemming - 1 dig; Mackenzie Holmquist - 18 digs; Madison Lipke - 4 kills, 2 blocks, 4 digs

Chargers win third straight

Brandon-Evansville won a third straight match on Thursday night after a loss to Underwood on Oct. 7.

The Chargers (13-10, 8-1 Little Eight Conference) lost the first set to Hillcrest Lutheran (4-12, 2-6 LEC) Thursday by a 25-23 final, but bounced back to win 26-24, 25-22 and 25-19.

“While we fought hard and passed well in the opening set, a couple miscues took us out of the set late and we found ourselves down 0-1,” B-E head coach Kelly Olson said. “Our passing continued to be a driving force in our success in the second set, and once again it was a back-and-forth battle. This time our aggressive serves and ability to execute in system on serve receive gave us the edge, and we were able to tie it up after two.”

Olson liked the way his team carried that momentum into the rest of the match as the Chargers racked up a number of aces through aggressive serving that helped them to the win.

“Defense also played a big part in our match win this evening,” Olson said. “We will close out our regular season this coming Tuesday as we travel to Parkers Prairie to square off against the Panthers.”

Parkers Prairie is 16-9 overall and 7-2 in the LEC.

Knights get 21st win

West Central Area (21-5) won on Senior Night in a 3-0 sweep of Swanville (6-12) despite having to reshuffle the lineup even before the match started.

One of the Knights’ top players in Elizabeth Rustan went down in warmups with a sprained ankle and was not able to start before ultimately coming into the match later in the night. West Central Area got the victory with 26-24, 25-15 and 25-16 wins.

“We were happy to see Rustan come back in the game at 21-21 and had a monster kill, which gave us back our confidence,” WCA head coach Melissa Foslien said. “In set two and three, Halle Foslien and Whitney Westrom served very well. Sophomore Alaina Sykora came in for Rustan in the back row and also served very well. (We) have also been without freshman defensive specialist, Sophie Sanstead, as she dislocated her shoulder on Monday so we have moved up some of our JV girls and they have done a great job.”

Coach Foslien lauded the play of 8th-grader Izzy Puchalski, who came in and had 4 kills in the third set Thursday.

“We have to get these girls some experience. They have some big shoes to fill for next year, but we want our players healthy and ready to play as we close our season and enter the playoffs,” Foslien said. “Outside hitter Mya Foslien came alive and had 11 kills on the night. She needed to be on with what happened early on in the game, and she stepped up. Whitney Westrom did too. We need to face adversity sometimes to see how we bounce back.”


WCA - Halle Foslien - 17-17 serving, 5 aces, 5 digs, 5 kills, 1 block; Whitney Westrom - 16-17 serving, 2 aces, 1 assist, 15 digs, 6 kills; Macy Grosz - 11-11 serving, 26 assists, 15 digs, 1 kill; Mya Foslien - 7-7 serving, 9 digs, 11 kills, 1 block; Izzy Puchalski - 2-2 serving, 4 digs, 4 kills; Alaina Sykora - 8-9 serving, 1 ace, 3 digs; Madelyn Westrom - 2-3 serving, 8 digs; Kaitlyn Hansen - 1 assist, 15 digs; Addison Staples - 1 dig, 4 kills; Lexi Hunter - 1 dig, 1 kill; Elizabeth Rustan - 6 kills, 1 block

Morris sweeps Minnewaska

Morris Area-Chokio-Alberta (5-17) swept Minnewaska (4-17) in a West Central Conference match on Thursday by scores of 25-22, 25-23 and 25-19.


MINNEWASKA - Haley Shea - 27 assists, 7 digs, 1 block; Dacia Fleury - 4 kills, 4 digs; Dreya Barsness - 7 kills, 5 digs; Miaya Guggisberg - 7 kills, 1 dig, 1 block; Avery Fier - 6 kills, 14 digs; Brooklyn Larson - 8 kills, 10 digs, 3 blocks; Brooklyn Meyer - 7 digs; Grace Zenk - 8 digs; Mikalyn Andreas - 1 ace