SHERBURN - Libbie Lange collected 15 kills to pace the Martin County West Mavericks to a 3-1 season-opening volleyball victory over the Fairmont Cardinals on Thursday night in Sherburn.
The Mavericks won the first two games of the nonconference match, 25-16 and 25-18, respectively, before the Cardinals rebounded to capture an extra-point marathon slugfest in Game 3.
Fairmont finally pocketed the extended third game by a 28-26 decision.
Martin County West then sealed its four-game match win with a 25-14 decision in Game 4.
Outside hitter Taryn Tumbleson produced eight kills, while teammate Kate Thiesse added six kills for the Mavericks.
Thiesse and Molly Klima collected 20 digs each to motivate the defense, while teammate Autumn Smith was able to earn 13.
The Mavericks' Morgan Williamson and Kennedy Janssen put the offense in motion by distributing 15 and 13 set assists, respectively.
Bailey Tish and Jordan Gregory each had two blocks in the win, while Hailey Leiding had one for Martin County West.
Fairmont's Paige Bearson led the offensive effort, recording 11 kills, while teammate Kayla Lardy added nine in the match.
Kristen Campe had 17 digs for the Cardinals, while Brooke Wubbena had 17 digs in the match.
Martin County West (1-0) hosts Alden-Conger in a match at 7:30 p.m. next Thursday in Trimont. Fairmont (0-1) hosts Class AA defending state champion Marshall on Tuesday night.
Le Sueur-Henderson 3, Blue Earth Area 0 - The Giants topped the Bucs, 25-11, 25-9, 25-18, during non-league action Thursday night in Blue Earth.
No individual statistics were reported.
Blue Earth Area (1-1) hosts St. James next Thursday night.
Madelia 3, Cedar Mountain/Comfrey 1 - Haley Reed recorded 12 kills and 18 digs to guide the Blackhawks to a 3-1 nonconference win over the Cougars on Thursday in Morgan.
The Blackhawks won the first two games, defeating the Cougars 25-11 and 25-15.
The Cougars fought back for a 25-20 win in Game 3 to extend the match before Madelia took Game 4, 25-24, to seal the win.
Kayla McCabe collected 21 digs to lead Madelia's defense.
Emily Kohler's 20 set assists guided the Blackhawks to the win.
Madelia (1-0) hosts Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton on Tuesday.
Cedar Mountain/ Comfrey (1-1) travels to Wabasso to face the Rabbits on Tuesday.