FAIRMONT - The Worthington Trojans volleyball team held off the charging Fairmont Cardinals for a 25-22, 25-16, 20-25, 25-19 nonconference victory on Monday night in Fairmont.
Emily Kim gave the Cardinals their first lead of Game 3 with a quick tip over the net, making it 18-17.
"I thought that Emily made great decisions and knew the situation and what we needed her to do the whole match today," said Fairmont head coach Brad Haugen. "Her aggressiveness and decisiveness at the end of the third game was the difference maker."
LEAPING SPIKE — Fairmont outside hitter Kayla Lardy (middle back) prepares to spike a set from Emily Kim (far right) as Worthington hitter Brooke Henning (far left) jumps in an attempt to block the shot during nonconference volleyball action Monday night at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont. The Cardinals’ Madison Geerdes (11) and Sydney Glienke look on. (Photo by Leanna Becker)
Kim then doled out one of her 39 set assists to Madison Geerdes, who smacked it down the middle to give the Cards a 19-17 advantage.
Paige Kinley sent a Paige Gravenhof set to the floor, keeping the Trojans within striking distance at 19-18, but Brooke Henning sent a serve into the net to give the Cardinals back the ball.
Kim then kickstarted another scoring spurt with another tip for one of her four kills.
Kim then spotted Courtney Mosloski, who had six kills in the match, for a slide on the right side to take the 22-18 lead.
Kersten Shantz, who finished with four kills for Fairmont, then sent a Kim assist to the floor to go up 23-18.
Allie Bruns put a stop to Fairmont's run with the help of a Gravenhof assist, before Abbie Landgaard fired a serve into the net for the Trojans.
Fairmont sealed the 25-20 Game 3 win when Kim sent a set to Mosloski in the middle and she smacked it down between blockers.
"We needed to be more aggressive in the third game," said Haugen. "We had been tipping and rolling shots, but we needed to make full swings to be able to beat them."
Fairmont then looked as though it was going to send the match to a fifth game, jumping out to a 5-2 lead in Game 4.
Kayla Lardy, who had a team-high 18 kills, started out the game with a sizzling spike of a Kim assist.
Sydney Glienke then got in on the action, taking an assist to the left side of the net and pounding it down for one of her four kills to put the Cardinals up 2-0.
Becca Linder paused the Fairmont run with a kill to make it 2-1.
Glienke then followed with an attack from the middle, making it 3-1 for Fairmont.
After another Trojan attack and net serve, the Cardinals got the ball back. Geerdes, who had seven kills, recorded one off a Kim assist down the middle to make it 5-2.
Five consecutive Cardinal errors let the Trojans back in, as they took the 7-5 lead.
Shantz sent a tip past the Worthington blockers to help keep the Cardinals within striking distance, before the Trojans sent an attack into the net to even the score.
Another Glienke kill, followed by Kristen Campe's ace serve allowed the Cardinals to take back the lead, 12-10.
Campe also managed 24 digs in the match for Fairmont.
Then Lardy unleashed back-to-back attacks to stake a 14-10 lead.
Unfortunately for Fairmont, another string of errors allowed Worthington to even the score, before taking the 15-14 lead on a Cardinal attack into the net.
The Trojans would not relenquish it's lead, winning the final game 25-19.
Kim added 18 digs and three ace serves in the match, while Lardy also added 13 digs and made one block.
Glienke tallied a team-leading 37 digs in the match, while Haley Harder made seven digs.
Fairmont (4-11, 3-4 SCC) hosts Blue Earth Area in a conference match at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont.
Worthington (7-7-3) hosts Class 2A, No. 1-ranked Marshall in a 7:30 p.m. match on Thursday in Worthington.
Worthington downed Fairmont 25-12, 18-25, 15-5 during B-squad volleyball action on Monday in Fairmont.
Payton Walser dispensed five kills, made nine digs and went 11-for-12 from the service line with one ace.
Tieryn Arens smacked three kills, made a team-leading 18 digs and went a perfect 10-for-10 serving.
Alyssa Westcott doled out 10 set assists, made five digs and served up one ace in the match.
Tahnisha Jimenez added 11 digs and went 4 of 6 from the service line.
Worthington swept the Cardinals 25-15, 25-14, 25-9 in C-squad action on Monday in Fairmont.
Meike Gumbel went a perfect 7-for-7 serving, while Sara Schellpeper went 6-for-6 from the service line.
Jackson County Central 3, Blue Earth Area 0 - The Class 2A, No. 8-ranked Huskies blanked the Bucs, 25-10, 25-8, 25-7, on Monday night in Blue Earth.
Audrey McDonald had seven digs in addtion to going 7-for-8 serving with one ace and scoring three points for Blue Earth Area.
Nicole Krinke had two kills and distributed six set assists, while making one block for the Bucs.
Ciarra Olson recorded four kills and five digs, while Kylie Ahl added five digs as well.
Blue Earth Area (2-18, 0-7 SCC) hosts New Ulm in a 7:30 p.m. conference match on Thursday in Blue Earth.