Section 3A-South Tournament
RTR 3, SWC 2
When No. 1 seed Southwest Minnesota Christian rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie Tuesday's Section 3A-South semifinal match, the fifth-seeded Russell-Tyler-Ruthton Knights were in familiar territory playing another five-setter. And like they have time and time again, the Knights rose to the occasion in the decisive set, pulling out a 25-21, 25-21, 19-25, 28-30, 15-5 victory to advance to the sub-section finals.
Tuesday's match in Luverne was the seventh time the Knights had gone five sets this season, and the sixth time they'd won a five-set match. After earning the upset, RTR (19-12 overall) advances to face No. 3 seed Southwest United (23-8-1) at 6 p.m. Thursday at Southwest Minnesota State University for the sub-section title.
Janel Wichern led RTR with a team-high 19 kills and 27 digs. Leslie Willert also had a strong all-around match, finishing with 12 kills and 15 digs and going 14 of 14 serving with one ace.
Destinee Strand tallied 29 set assists for the Knights in the victory, and Justine Possail and Dana Schaefer each had three ace blocks.
RTR25 25 19 28 15
SWC21 21 25 30 5
RTR INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
Serving (good-att-aces): Allison Pochardt 20-20-1, Leslie Willert 14-14-1, Delanie Jorgensen 18-22-2.
Kills: Janel Wichern 19, Willert 12, Dana Schaefer 5, Pochardt 5.
Digs: Wichern 27, Jorgensen 16, Pochardt 16, Willert 15.
Set Assists: Destinee Strand 29, Pochardt 7.
Blocks: Justine Possail 3, Schaefer 3, Pochardt 2.
SW United 3, RRC 0
After upsetting No. 2 seed Westbrook-Walnut Grove in the 3A-South quarterfinals, the Red Rock Central Falcons weren't able to keep the magic alive Tuesday in the sub-section semis in Luverne. No. 3 seed Southwest United wasn't about to be upset and took out the Falcons in straight sets 25-21, 25-16, 25-18 to end RRC's season.
Southwest United (23-8-1 overall) advances to play No. 5 seed Russell-Tyler-Ruthton at 6 p.m. Thursday at Southwest Minnesota State University.
The Falcons finished their season with a 14-13 record.
RRC freshman Mikaela Erickson had a strong night serving in the loss, going 16-for-16 with three aces. Falcons senior Katie Larsen led her team's attack with seven kills.
RRC senior Chloe Arfsten finished with a team-high 15 digs and added five kills.
RRC21 16 18
SWU25 25 25
RRC INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
Serving (good-att-aces): Mikaela Smith 16-16-3, Brooke Rasmussen 11-11-0.
Kills: Katie Larsen 7, Chloe Arfsten 5, Fern Engen 4.
Digs: Arfsten 15, Rasmussen 6.
Set Assists: Tegan Derickson 11, Smith 6.
Blocks: Engen, Larsen.