ST. PAUL - The Fairmont Cardinals volleyball team posted a 2-2 record during the two-day Visitation Invitational in St. Paul.
Fairmont defeated St. Paul Johnson, 22-25, 25-17, 15-12, in its first match on Friday before Simley downed Fairmont in second-round action, 25-18, 25-18.
The Cardinals then returned on Saturday to post a 25-15, 25-21 victory over South St. Paul before New Life Academy netted a 25-23, 25-19 triumph over Fairmont.
Paige Bearson led the Cardinals' efforts during the tournament, recording a team-best 34 kills on offense to complement 52 digs from a defensive perspective.
Kayla Lardy mustered 27 kills for Fairmont, while teammate Kristen Campe turned in 27 digs.
Tori Edgington compiled a team-best 40 digs for the Cardinals, while teammate Kersten Shantz had four solo blocks to lead the team. Brooke Wubbena went 27-for-32 serving, including seven aces, Emily Kim doled out 39 set assists, while Elizabeth Kim distributed 30 set assists for the Cardinals.
Fairmont (3-4, 1-0 South Central) plays host to conference opponent St. James at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night at Cardinal Gym.
The Blue Earth Area Bucs volleyball team won four matches and tied another to capture the Luverne Invite Championship on Saturday in Luverne.
The Bucs defeated the host, Luverne 25-8, 25-21 to open tournament play. Krista Hassing and Janessa Jahnke each recorded nine kills in the match. Monica Krieger doled out 18 set assists and went a perfect 11-for-11 from the service line, including one ace.
Blue Earth Area handed Southwest Minnesota Christian a loss in their second match, winning 25-12, 25-19.
Hassing notched nine kills, recorded one solo block and had eight digs in the win. Jahnke added seven kills, and a team-best 11 digs, with two solo blocks. Whitney Pirsig added five digs and went a perfect 9-for-9 from the service line, including one ace for the Bucs.
Krieger distributed 18 set assists in the match and went 11-for-12 at the service line, with two aces.
The Bucs then delt a 25-12, 25-10 loss to Edgerton Public in the third match. Hassing and Jahnke led the Bucs at the net with seven and nine kills, respectively. Kreiger scattered seven set assists, while Nicole Krinke delt out nine.
Ashton Henricksen had five digs and three serving aces in the win. Ciarra Olson went a perfect 8-for-8 from the service line with one ace, and Audrey McDonald had six digs in the win.
Pipestone split games with the Bucs, winning the first 25-19, before BEA responded to win the second 25-22 for a tie.
Hassing had 10 kills, six digs and two blocks to lead the team, while Kreiger doled out nine set assists and went 11-for-12 from the serving line.
McDonald had a team-best eight digs in the match.
In the final match of the tournament Blue Earth Area defeated Vermillion, S.D. 25-13, 25-21, to win tournament honors.
Riley Mack, McDonald and Jahnke each provided five digs for the Bucs. Jahnke and McDonald also added four kills in the win.
Hassing dispensed nine kills and handled three blocks for Blue Earth Area. Krinke and Kreiger dealt out eight and six sets, respectively, while Krinke also added six digs for the Bucs.
Blue Earth Area (6-2) travels to St. Peter for a 7:30 p.m. match on Tuesday.
Sleepy Eye Invite
The Truman Bluejays volleyball team defeated Sleepy Eye to earn its first victory on Saturday.
The Bluejays downed Sleepy Eye 25-19, 25-20 for the win, before falling to Mountain Lake Area 25-23, 25-15 in second round action on Saturday.
LCWM defeated Truman in the third round 25-11, 25-11.
Savannah Stevens led Truman with 13 kills, 16 digs and two aces.
Emily Zaharia had 18 digs to go along with six kills, six blocks and two aces.
Hanna Hartman and Alexis Jahnz each dispensed four kills, with Hartman also recording two ace serves and three blocks while Alexis Jahnz secured 25 digs and three ace serves.
Emma Wiederhoeft notched three kills and two ace serves along with one solo block.
Sarah Schwanz and Ashlea Fadness each provided four digs for the Bluejays.
Stephanie Jahnz doled out 17 set assists along with four digs, while Christine Hanson scattered nine set assists in the tournament.
Truman (1-5) hosts Martin County?West in a 7:30 p.m. game on Tuesday.
Mankato West Tournament
The Martin County West Mavericks won three of its four volleyball matches on Saturday in the Mankato West Tournament.
The Mavericks defeated St. Peter 25-23, 25-15, before downing Sibley East in the second round 25-16, 27-25.
MCW won its third match over Mankato East 25-19, 25-16 and before dropping the final match to Windom, 26-24, 25-9.
Martin County West (9-1) travels to Truman for a 7:30 p.m. match on Tuesday.
No individual stats were reported.
Sleepy Eye Invite
The Martin Luther/GHEC volleyball team defeated Madelia, but lost the next two on Saturday at the Sleepy Eye Invite.
The Knights downed Madelia in first round action, 25-22, 25-19. Redwood Valley then proved too much for the Knights in the second round, winning 25-21, 25-16.
Sleepy Eye-St. Mary's ended the Knights run at the tournament with a third round win, defeating ML/GHEC 25-13, 25-20.
Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain (2-5) travels to Alden-Conger for a 7:30 p.m. game on Tuesday.
No individual stats were reported.