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Huskies squeeze past Mavericks; BEA sweeps LCWM

TOWERING BLOCK — Martin County West’s Gabby Lange (13) soars above the net to reject a spike by Jackson County Central’s Georgianna Wenzel (17) during nonconference volleyball action Monday night in Trimont. The Mavericks’ Logan Kosbab (12) and Taylor Elliott (back) look on. (Photo by Greg Abel)

TRIMONT — Alaina Wolff’s 1,000th career kill helped power the Huskies past the Mavericks.

Wolff came into the match needing three kills to get to 1,000 and got the milestone to create a 12-8 lead in Game 1 for Jackson County Central.

JCC went on to take the first game 25-19, then won Game 2, 25-18 and Game 3, 25-19 on the way to a sweep of Martin County West on senior night in Trimont.

MCW and JCC kept close during Game 1 after Wolff put the Huskies ahead by five. MCW got back within four at 15-11, but the teams traded points, neither able to convert on its own serve, to 21-15.

A Jordan Rogotzke ace put the Huskies ahead by seven before Rogotzke assisted Sadie Voss once and Georgianna Wenzel twice for three of her 31 game-leading assists to power the Huskies to their 25-19 Game 1 win.

The Huskies came out strong in Game 2, with Wolff serving them to four consecutive points to start, including two of her co-game-leading four service aces. But the Mavericks fought back to take a 6-5 lead after a Gabby Lange block, two Shaylynn Anderson-assisted Logan Kosbab kills and a Sami Meyer kill off a Shaylynn Anderson assist.

The teams stayed close, tying at 7, 10 and 11, but JCC was able to pull ahead to a 17-12 lead on back-to-back Wolff kills off Rogotzke assists.

MCW fought back to 20-17 after Shaylynn Anderson assisted Emily Dunlop for a kill, but the Huskies’ Regan Farmer served JCC to five consecutive points to end the game.

“I thought we played a very, very good game tonight,” MCW head coach Hilary Elliott said. “I saw a lot of improvements, I saw a lot of things that we needed to work towards in our next couple of games. Jackson is a little bit bigger than us and it’s always a good competition for us to see what we have here at the end of the year. … There were a couple of little things to work on, but all in all, very pleased.”

The Mavericks and Huskies stayed close in Game 3, trading points and short runs to get to 9-7 Huskies, then Voss served JCC to a 14-7 lead on the strength of three of her four ace serves.

The Mavericks got back within 19-14 after Shaylynn Anderson used one of her team-leading 12 assists to help Logan Kosbab get one of her team-leading six kills, but two Husky aces and a Rogotzke-assisted Voss kill put JCC one point away.

Wenzel and Rachel Anderson combined for a block to end the matchup.

Wolff totalled seven kills for the Huskies, while Wenzel had nine and Voss had 10.

Sami Meyer was second on the Mavericks with four kills, Bella Bicknase chipped in four set assists and Emily Dunlop had three blocks.

The Mavericks (6-16) play their final regular-season match tonight, hosting Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman at 7:15 p.m. in Trimont.

“We talked about how we played tonight and how we need to picture every team as a Jackson team, because they always get fired up to play Jackson,” Elliott said. “We’re just gonna take tonight, we’re gonna build upon it and we’re gonna fight hard the rest of the season to keep our season alive.”

Jackson County Central (18-9) travels to Spirit Lake, Iowa, for a 7:15 p.m. matchup to end its regular season tonight.

Blue Earth Area 3, Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial 0 — Brita Hougen produced a team-best eight kills to complement eight digs to help power the Bucs to three consecutive 25-20 game wins over the Knights during non-league action Monday night in Blue Earth.

Natalie Huse generated a team-leading 16 points, including a pair of aces, behind 21-for-22 serving for BEA, while Emma Langager contributed 13 points, including two aces, on a 15-for-17 effort at the line.

Liz Beeler distributed a team-high 22 set assists to go with seven digs and six points behind 10 of 11 serving for the Bucs, while Heidi Herrmann and Alicia Machacek each cranked five kills to complement four ace blocks.

Eloise Blair supplied a team-leading 15 digs, Gabby Haaland drilled four kills, while Maci Frommie added two ace blocks for the Bucs.

Blue Earth Area (2-23) travels to Le Sueur-Henderson on Monday, Oct. 21.

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