PREP VOLLEYBALL: Strong offense carries No. 1 Marshall past Redwood Valley in 3-0 victory
MARSHALL — The No. 1-ranked Marshall volleyball team used a solid offensive outing to cruise past Redwood Valley 3-0 (25-15, 25-13, 25-6) on Tuesday.
Marshall coach Dan Westby said he was pleased with their offensive effort and felt they had several players make key contributions throughout the match.
“We really felt like offensively our kids did a lot of good things and we got a lot of kids involved,” Westby said. “A number of kids were able to get swings and put kills away and it was a good group effort by our team.”
Marshall jumped out to an early lead in Set 1, going up 4-0 before pushing its advantage to 9-4. Both teams would trade points over the next several serves, but Marshall continued to maintain its lead, as a service ace by Tessa Gannott and a Redwood Valley attack error made it 19-9 before MHS took Set 1, 25-15.
The Cardinals earned the first couple of points of Set 2, but Marshall answered back to take a 4-3 lead before extending it to 12-6. MHS controlled the pace the rest of the way, building another double-digit lead at 17-7 before claiming the frame 25-13 and a 2-0 lead in the match.
Marshall took another strong lead in Set 3, getting the first seven points before the Cardinals answered with a couple of points to stop the run. But MHS kept up the offensive attack, as a kill by Ashleigh Steinbach made it 14-4 before Marshall later pushed the advantage to 20-4 en route to the 25-6 Set 3 victory to cement the sweep.
Gannott led Marshall with 10 kills while Taylor Ariasola added nine and Brooke Andries had five. Maysa Gillingham led in digs with nine while Ariasola added seven. Gillingham also led in set assists with 29.
Marshall (20-2) will hit the road this weekend, playing in the Lakeville North tournament starting Friday at 5 p.m. Going into their final tournament of the regular season, Westby said both of the wins at home this week were not only able to give them some momentum, but also give them a chance to play for the conference championship next week.
“This win puts us in position to play for that overall conference championship next Tuesday down in St. Peter and it’s always important to win your league,” Westby said “It also gives us a little momentum heading into the Lakeville tournament this weekend, which is our last tournament and we certainly want to make a good showing there.”
Marshall 3, Redwood Valley 0
Redwood Valley 15 13 6
Marshall 25 25 25
Kills: Marshall (Gannott 10; Ariasola 9; Andries 5).
Digs: Marshall (Gillingham 9; Ariasola 7; Gannott 6).
Set Assists: Marshall (Gillingham 29).
Serving (aces): Marshall (Steinbach 16-17 (2); Ariasola 15-15 (2); Hoover 11-11 (2)).