NORTHROP - The Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton Bulldogs swept the Martin Luther/Granada-Hunt- ley-East Chain Knights, 25-23, 25-20, 25-23, in a nonconference volleyball match on Monday night in Northrop.
The Knights, who celebrated senior night, started and played all 10 seniors throughout the match.
After the Bulldogs' Kennedy Strauss sent a Hannah Herold set to the floor for the first point of the match, the Knights' seniors responded well.
BUMP — The Knights’ Emily Holland bumps up a spike during nonconference volleyball action Monday night in Northrop. Photo by Leanna Becker
Catie Sherman sent a tip off the net to even the score before setting Samantha Meade on a cross court attack to take the lead. Amanda Cegelske tallied her first of 10 kills in the match with a tip to give the Knights a 3-1 lead in Game 1.
With the Knights trailing 21-17, Anna Balcom sent a Sherman set cross court for the kill to make it 21-18.
Ryley Becker smoked an overpass from the Bulldogs to the floor to make it 21-19.
A Bulldogs' kill by Strauss off a set from Danielle Ziemke sailed out, adding to the Knights' comeback before Ziemke and Madison Krautbauer connected for a kill to make it 22-20.
After another JWP point by Strauss, two Bulldog errors made it 22-23 and Cegelske spiked a Sherman set down the middle to even the game at 23-23.
The Bulldogs rallied for another two points with Ziemke setting Kara Southwick for a hit down the line and Strauss winning the game with a tip over the net for one of her 12 kills in the match.
With Sherman at the service line to start the second game, the Knights rattled off five points in a row, three coming from ace serves to take a 5-0 lead.
A serve into the net ended the rally and sparked a Bulldogs' five-point run.
"We've got to have the killer mentality sooner in matches. A lot of times we fall behind and we find a way to comeback, but we need to start games fired up, play fired up throughout and finish that way," said Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain head coach Leslie Wokasch.
The Bulldogs' capitalized on Knights' errors and Herold scored three straight ace serves along with a block from Southwick and Hannah Boyer on a Knights' attack from Becker to make it 7-5.
The Knights came back to tie up the game at 19-19 when Emily Holland sent a Sherman set assist down for a kill on the left side.
JWP rallied for four straight points with a 21-20 lead to win the game 25-20 and go up 2-0 in the match on a Callie Morton spike down the line.
"It's tough to lose the match on senior night, but JWP was able to capitalize on our weaknesses and it took us a little while to get going," said Wokasch.
In Game 3, the Knights jumped out to a 4-3 lead thanks to back-to-back kills from Meade on the right side.
The Bulldogs then went on a 6-2 run, before the Knights' Balcom ended it with a crushing kill from the middle to make it 9-6.
Both teams traded points, but it wasn't until Holland recorded her second kill that the Knights managed their second lead of the game at 15-14.
An ace serve from Jenny Petrowiak made it 16-15 for the Knights.
The Bulldogs did not quit, and had a 20-18 lead when Becker sent a kill off a Bulldog block to make it 20-19.
Becker recorded another kill and Cegelske scored two points for the Knights as well, but the Bulldogs came out with the 25-23 victory for the match.
Meade recorded five kills in the match, while Balcom tallied four kills and five digs.
Sherman doled out 16 set assists for the Knights offense and made eight digs for the defense.
Becker added three kills in the match. Effie Bentz made 12 digs, while Caitlin Wille and Petrowiak each made five digs and Cegelske added three.
Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain (6-14) travels to Madelia for a 7:30 p.m. Valley Conference match tonight.
Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton (2-18) hosts Cleveland in a nonconference match at 7:15 p.m. tonight in Janesville.
Fairmont 3, St. James 2 - The Cardinals outlasted the Saints, 26-24, 25-10, 23-25, 24-26, 15-13, in a key five-set South Central Conference volleyball match on Monday night in St. James.
Paige Bearson led the Cardinal offense by pounding out 18 kills, Kayla Lardy recorded 12 kills, while Kristen Campe and Tori Edgington each tallied eight kills.
For the Cardinals' defense Bearson made 28 digs, while Edgington made 16.
The Cardinals' libaro Brooke Wubbena made 15.
Lardy also had five blocks at the net, while Bearson had three blocks.
Emily Kim went 27-for-30 from the service line with five aces, distributed 24 set assists and made 22 digs.
Elizabeth Kim went a perfect 19 of 19 serving with 13 set assists in the victory.
Fairmont (8-7, 6-2 South Central Conference) travels to Blue Earth tonight for a 7:30 p.m. conference match.
Jackson County Central 3, Martin County West 0 The Class 2A, No. 6 ranked Huskies swept the Mavericks, 25-19, 25-10, 25-18, in a nonconference match on Monday night in Jackson.
No individual statistics were reported.
Martin County West (16-9) hosts Mankato Loyola tonight at 7:30 p.m. in a nonconference match in Trimont.