Voss powers No. 2 JCC spikers to sweep of MCW
TRIMONT — The left outside hitting position, the middle spiking spot, the right-hand side, the back row, the service area.
Name anywhere on the prep volleyball court’s playing surface and Jackson County Central senior hitter Sadie Voss can generate a powerful point-producing shot.
The 5-foot-10 Voss jackhammered a match-leading 22 kills and went 11 of 12 serving with nine points — including five aces, to power the Class AA No. 2-ranked Huskies to a 25-16, 25-14, 25-17 non-league volleyball sweep over the upset-minded Martin County West Mavericks on Monday night.
Serving specialist Paige Anderson and her Maverick teammates used early-match adrenaline to stampede out of the starting gate to grab an 8-2 lead on the scoreboard over the hard-hitting Huskies in Trimont.
After Emily Anderson’s alert sideout tip regained possession for MCW, Paige Anderson rotated into the lineup and directly to the end line. Paige Anderson reeled off four consecutive points — with Lucy Larson and Liv Borchardt producing one kill apiece — to cause JCC head coach Deidre Wierson to call a timeout trailing by six.
Wierson’s speech inspired Voss, junior setter Maci Farmer, left-hander server Georgianna Wenzel and 5-10 junior spiker Peyton Hanson to reach new heights in helping the Huskies capture nine of the next 10 points to grab a lead they would not relinquish for the duration.
Voss’ running back-row blast off one of Farmer’s match-best 34 set assists corraled the Mavericks’ run before the University of Sioux Falls volleyball commit displayed her lethal jump-serve. Voss generated three points, including a pair of aces, before Hanson joined the Huskies’ hit parade.
Hanson, who smacked six kills, converted Farmer’s loft into a right-corner kill for a sideout that put Wenzel at the end line. Wenzel’s four-point string staked JCC to an 11-9 edge before an errant serve halted the surge.
Hanson’s blurring sideout spike off a Farmer quick set then allowed libero Alex O’Reilly to take her turn serving. O’Reilly delivered four points to 16-10 before one rotation later, Taylor Post nearly closed out Game 1 with a six-point string to 23-13.
Voss capped her Game 1-best 10 kills with bookend sizzling spikes off Farmer assists to close out the nine-point margin of victory.
Wenzel fueled JCC’s quick start in Game 2 with three of her six kills to place serve in the capable hands of 5-10 sophomore Emma Haren. Haren quickly rattled off a five-point run, with Voss and Wenzel delivering the frontline damage to 8-1.
Bella Lange and Lucy Larson combined to generate a pair of pivotal kills to narrow MCW’s deficit to 12-9 before Farmer dropped home a timely well-placed tip for a key sideout.
Post, who went 16 of 16 serving in two games, generated eight of her match-best 14 points to shift the Huskies into high gear at 21-9. Voss unleashed two thundering shots during Post’s run that also consisted of four aces.
Ironically, JCC ran a fake to Voss, with Peyton Hanson smacking Farmer’s assist for the Game 2-clinching kill and 25-14 victory.
Voss then traded roles in Game 3 by using her potent jump-serve to extended the Huskies’ 5-3 margin into an 11-3 advantage. Hanson and Wenzel delivered kills during the scoring sequence, while Voss drilled a back-row blast for good measure.
Lucy Larson, who topped the Mavericks with seven kills, converted a Grace Bicknase assist into a surge-stemming sideout spike, but it was only temporary.
Sarah Anderson’s kill and ensuing four-point service run widened JCC’s margin to 21-9, but Aspen Kosbab countered with a three-point serving stint to keep MCW’s alive trailing 21-13.
Bicknase’s serving closed the Mavericks’ gap to 22-16, but Wenzel’s down-the-line kill stemmed the comeback run.
Voss appropriately ended the three-game sweep by switching frontline gears from unleashing her contusion-causing spikes to a flipping home a match-sealing tip just over MCW’s defenders near the net.
Emily Anderson doled out eight set assists for the Mavericks, Bicknase dished out four assists and made eight digs, while Elliott supplied five kills and a team-best 11 digs.
Martin County West (6-14) travels to Alden-Conger tonight, while Jackson County Central (19-3) hits the road to Worthington tonight.