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Other area teams in action at Southwest Challenge

September 10, 2012
By Travis Andries ( , Marshall Independent

TMB finishes 24th

Isolated from the rest of the area teams playing in the Molten Southwest Minnesota Challenge, the Tracy-Milroy-Balaton Panthers went 0-3 on Saturday as part of the 17th-24th Place Bracket at Southwest Minnesota State University's RA Facility.

The Panthers began the day with a 2-1 loss to the West Fargo (N.D.) Packers. TMB won the first set 25-17, but were unable to close out the Packers dropping the last two sets 26-24 and 15-10.

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RTR middle hitter Justine Possail attempts to evade Canby’s Alayna Pederson and find the floor with her swing during the Molten Southwest Minnesota Challenge on Saturday. Possail was successful, but the Knights fell to the Lancers in three sets at the RA Facility at SMSU 23-25, 25-19 and 16-14.

TMB lost its second match of the day 2-0 to the Totino-Grace Eagles by scores of 25-19 and 25-20. Their third loss came at the hands of the Andover Huskies, 25-20, 25-11.

The Panthers (2-5, 1-0 Camden Conference) will look to snap its current three game losing streak on Tuesday when they host the Dawson-Boyd Blackjacks in Camden Conference action.

Canby captures 25th

A day removed from a pair of losses, the Canby Lancers went 3-0 on Saturday en route to earning 25th Place at the Molten Southwest Challenge.

Canby began Saturday with a 2-1 win over RTR in a rematch of a 3-0 Canby win on Thursday. The Lancers dropped the first set 25-23, but managed to shake off the early morning rust in time to win the last two sets 25-16 and 16-14.

After dispatching of the Knights, Canby (7-3 overall, 1-1 Camden Conference) picked up another three-set victory, this time over the Titans of Tartan. Canby again dropped the first set, but ultimately earned a 19-25, 25-23, 15-12 victory.

The Lancers closed out their tournament with a win over the Southwestern United Wildcats of the Red Rock Conference. Behind scores of the 25-17 and 25-22, the Lancers defeated the Wildcats in their shortest match on the day.

Canby will look to keep its current winning streak alive when it travels to Renville on Tuesday for a Camden Conference match-up with the Renville County West Jaguars.

RTR takes 29th Place

With wins against Perham and Bloomington Jefferson, the Russell-Tyler-Ruthton Knights placed 29th at the Molten Southwest Challenge in Marshall on Saturday.

The Knights began play with a narrow three-set loss to the Canby Lancers; 23-25, 25-19, 16-14, in a rematch of a tilt between the schools on Thursday.

RTR rebounded from its opening loss to win its next two matches.

The Knights (4-5 overall) needed three sets to dispatch of Perham, winning by scores of 18-25, 25-19, 15-9. RTR finished the tournament with a 2-0 win over Bloomington Jefferson, 25-11, 25-20.

RTR travels to Minneota on Thursday where it will search for its first Camden Conference win of 2012 against the Vikings.

YME finishes 32nd

Following two losses on Friday, the Yellow Medicine East Sting volleyball team finished the Molten Southwest Challenge with three losses on Saturday at Southwest Minnesota State University's RA Facility.

The Sting opened play with a loss to rival West Central Conference school, BOLD; 25-12, 25-20. It was the second time YME had lost to BOLD in the past week, falling 3-1 in Granite Falls on Tuesday.

After the loss to BOLD, the Sting faced the Bloomington Jefferson Jaguars. YME was unable to contain the Class AAA school, falling in straight sets 25-22, 25-16.

The Sting's last match of the weekend was against the Perham Yellowjackets. YME lost the battle of the bees 25-20 and 25-15.

Looking to put a disappointing weekend behind them, YME (1-8, 1-1 WCC) will resume West Central Conference play and host the Montevideo Thunderhawks on Tuesday.



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