PREP VOLLEYBALL: No. 1 Marshall gets past MACCRAY in 3-0 sweep
MARSHALL — With only a few matches left in the regular season, the No. 1-ranked Marshall volleyball team wanted to keep its momentum going when it faced MACCRAY on Monday. MHS took an early 2-0 lead before battling back from a five-point deficit late in the third set to earn a 3-0 (25-14, 25-14, 25-21) victory.
Marshall coach Dan Westby credited MACCRAY for challenging them in all three sets and felt they made some errors, but added they were still able to accomplish the things they needed to earn a win.
“Certainly we would have liked to have seen a wider margin of victory in all three sets, but MACCRAY didn’t go away. We certainly did some things to help them out, but they were largely responsible for a lot of our errors,” Westby said. “We felt fortunate to get the match in but overall it’s nice to come away with a win and we’ve got a really important week this week, so we felt we needed to get out to a good start.”
MACCRAY held an early led in Set 1, going up 3-2 before Marshall earned the next two points to take a 4-3 advantage. After MHS used an 8-3 run to push its lead to 12-6, both teams traded points over the next several serves, before a kill from Leah Jones gave Marshall a 19-10 lead. MHS would extend the advantage to double digits at 24-14 before taking the opening frame 25-14.
Set 2 saw Marshall claim the strong start, as it went up 5-1 before MACCRAY drew to within three at 10-7. Marshall had an answer, though, going on a 7-0 run to take a double-digit advantage at 17-7 before earning another 25-14 victory to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
The two teams traded points to start Set 3, with MACCRAY holding a 5-2 lead before Marshall drew to within one at 10-9. MHS would tie things up at 13-13, but the Wolverines answered with a 5-0 run to go up 18-13. Marshall kept battling, however, trimming the deficit to one at 18-17 before a kill by Tessa Gannott and a pair of Wolverine errors put MHS in front at 20-19. Both sides traded points the rest of the way, but Marshall was able to stay ahead and take Set 3, 25-21 to earn the sweep.
Jones led Marshall with 14 kills while Gannott added nine and Brooke Andries had seven. Caitlyn Christenson led in digs with 20 while Maysa Gillingham added 12 and Jones had 10 and Gillingham led in set assists with 34.
Marshall will face Redwood Valley in its final home match of the regular season today at 7:15 p.m. Going into that match, Westby knows it’s going to be another challenging matchup before they finish the week at the Lakeville North tournament.
“We’ve got another match at home against a similar opponent and a team that’s going to play hard, so we’re going to have to be ready to go again,” Westby said. “And then we go to Lakeville and that’s going to be a tough tournament for us.”
Marshall 3, MACCRAY 0
MACCRAY 14 14 21
Marshall 25 25 25
Kills: Marshall (Jones 14; Gannott 9; Andries 7).
Digs: Marshall (Christenson 20; Gillingham 12; Jones 10).
Set Assists: Marshall (Gillingham 34).
Serving (aces): Marshall (Ariasola 14-15 (3); Jones 10-11 (1); Steinbach 14-16).