TRUMAN - The sophomore tandem of Anissa Janzig and Kyley Bullerman worked in unison to help guide United South Central to the Truman Invitational volleyball championship on Saturday.
Janzig, a 6-foot middle hitter, pounded out 35 kills and notched 15 ace blocks, while Bullerman distributed 50 set assists to guide the Rebels to seven victories of out eight round-robin games in Truman.
Janzig saved one of her top performances - 11 kills and four blocks - for USC's final showdown against New Ulm Cathedral. In fact, Janzig delivered a key block for Point 24 during the Rebels' 25-22 Game 1 win over the Greyhounds before she served out the final three points of a 25-22 Game 2 victory.
Janzig also recorded 11 kills and four blocks during USC's first-round two-game match against the Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain Knights. The Rebels combined Janzig's front-row prowess with Bullerman's setting and Tara Bauman's hitting to defeat the Knights in Game 1, 25-20.
ML/GHEC, however, utilized balanced hitting, solid setting and a 1-2 service attack to bounce back for a 25-22 victory over USC in Game 2. The Rebels, however, allowed fewer total points to net the overall team win.
Amber Schulz, who co-led ML/GHEC's frontline offensive production with Anna Balcom and Amanda Cegelske by spiking out 20 kills, generated eight spike-winners to help the Knights sweep two games from Truman in second-round action, 25-12, 27-25.
Cegelske led the ML/GHEC attack with nine kills, Balcom chipped in five spike-winners, while setter Hunter Payne doled out 22 of her 57 assists on the tournament. Libero Effie Bentz proved a perfect 17-for-17 from the service area to generate 13 points for the Knights, while Caitlin Wille chipped in five points behind a 7-for-8 effort at the line.
New Ulm Cathedral downed ML/GHEC in third-round action, 25-22, 25-16, before Mankato Loyola took a pair from the Knights in the final round, 25-17, 25-20.
Middle hitter Emily Zaharia and outside spiker Savannah Stevens each notched three kills to help the Truman Bluejays to a first-round split decision with New Ulm Cathedral. The Bluejays captured Game 1 by a 25-20 before the Greyhounds rallied for a 25-9 win in Game 2 to claim the match by point differential.
After falling to ML/GHEC and USC in the second and third rounds, respectively, Truman closed out the tournament by netting a split with Mankato Loyola.
The Crusaders netted the opener, 25-16, before the host Bluejays rebounded for a 25-22 Game 2 victory.
Stevens topped Truman's effort with 20 kills, Zaharia chalked up 15 kills and seven ace blocks, while Samantha Hartwig distributed 35 set assists.
Schulz, Balcom and Cegelske finished with 20 kills each for ML/GHEC, Payne delivered 57 set assists, Bentz generated 30 points behind an incredible 44-for-45 service performance, while Wille connected on 23 of 27 serves for 17 points.
Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain travels to Mapleton on Thursday night to face Maple River in a Valley Conference match.
Truman plays host to Mankato Loyola on Tuesday night.
2012 Truman Invite
(Winner determined by game points in split decisions)
* New Ulm Cathedral def. Truman, 20-25, 25-9.
* United South Central def. ML/GHEC, 25-20, 22-25.
* New Ulm Cathedral def. Mankato Loyola, 22-25, 25-15.
* ML/GHEC def. Truman, 25-12, 27-25.
* USC def. Mankato Loyola, 25-19, 27-25.
* New Ulm Cathedral def. ML/GHEC, 25-22, 25-16.
* USC def. Truman, 25-14, 25-23.
* Mankato Loyola def. ML/GHEC, 25-17, 25-20.
* USC def. New Ulm Cathedral, 25-22, 25-22.
* Mankato Loyola def. Truman, 25-16, 22-25.