No. 1 Minneota stays perfect against in-class competition

Volleyball roundup Sept. 14, 2023

MADISON — The Minneota volleyball team had swept every Class A team it had faced this season and Thursday night was no different. The Vikings rolled past Lac qui Parle Valley 26-18, 25-14, 25-12 to keep their hot start to the season going.

Elvia Faris and Kenadi Arndt had big days up front for the Vikings, finishing with 10 and eight kills respectively. Ardnt also had three blocks on the day while Faris had a pair.

Faith Myhre helped set up the Minneota offense with 20 set assists while Nevaeh Hennen added another 12. Hennen also had six digs on the day, trailing only Lyzah Sussner’s 14 and Abby Rolbiecki’s nine. 

Dakoda Hennen was exceptionally effective from the service line. She finished 16-of-18 from the stripe with five aces.

Minneota (8-2) will return to its home court on Tuesday to host MACCRAY at 7:15 p.m.

No. 6 Canby 3, Dawson-Boyd 0

DAWSON — Brynn Kockelman had 13 kills on Thursday night to help lead the Canby volleyball team to a 15-16, 15-13, 15-14 road win over Dawson-Boyd.

In addition to Kockelman, Karlie Wollum added eight kills for Canby while Emily Nelson and Brooklyn Kindopp added six each. Kindopp also had a pair of service aces.

Nelson and Kockelman finished with 19 and 16 set assists respectively while Aliyah Rangaard led the Lancers’ defensively with 10 digs. 

Stats for Dawson-Boyd were unavailable at the time of print

Canby (7-3) will host Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg in its next match on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m.

Dawson-Boyd (2-6) will look to avoid its sixth consecutive loss when it hosts Hancock on Monday at 7:15 p.m.

Lakeview 3, KMS 0

KERKHOVEN –The Lakeview volleyball team continued to hit its stride on Thursday night, taking down KMS 28-26, 25-17, 25-23 for its third win in four matches.

Kiara Hinz had herself a day from the service line for the Lakers, finishing the match with six aces. In addition to her poise at the stripe, she also had nine kills, three blocks and 10 digs, all team-highs.

Aubreigh Rausch had 19 set assists for the Lakers while Megan Schwartz and Olivia Hinz each had three blocks. Olivia also had nine digs and six kills while Taylor Hinz had nine digs. 

Lakeview (4-6) will go back to Cottonwood on Tuesday to host Lac qui Parle Valley at 7:15 p.m.

RCW 3, TMB 0

RENVILLE — The Tracy-Milroy-Balaton volleyball team was faced with a tall task on Thursday night. Renville County West was the first team left out of the most recent Class A coaches poll and the Jaguars showed why they deserve that top-10 spot, taking down the Panthers 25-22, 25-17, 25-11.

While the Panthers only had one hitter with more than five kills — Alivia Jensen with eight — Hailey Gernentz was still able to put the team in a position to make plays at the net. Gernentz finished with 14 set assists on the day as well as four kills and three blocks. 

Kyli Carter also added five blocks and three kills for the Panthers.

Braelynn Kirk led the TMB back row with nine digs while Teagan Viessman had eight and three aces. Jensen also contributed seven digs.

Tracy-Milroy-Balaton has lost seven of its last eight matches after winning their season-opener against Red Rock Central. The Panthers (2-8) will host Central Minnesota Christian for its next game on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m.

WWG 3, SWC 0

EDGERTON — The Westbrook-Walnut Grove was presented with a challenge on Thursday night. The Chargers went into their Thursday night matchup undefeated and their opponent, Southwest Minnesota Christian, was the third team on the “receiving votes” category of the latest coaches poll. Still, WWG stepped up and got the job done again with a straight-sets victory.

The Chargers took the first sets handily, 25-15, 25-12, but the Eagles put up a fight in the third game. Still, WWG took care of business with a 31-29 win.

There wasn’t a spot on the court that WWG’s back row couldn’t get to for a dig in the match. Abby Wiggins led the team with 19 digs while Natalie Wahl and Addeson Jenniges had 17 and 16 respectively.

Jenniges also helped set up the offense with 35 set assists while Wahl had a block and was second on the team in kills with 13.

Carlie Ross had a team-high 15 kills on the day.

The Chargers (8-0) have now swept four of their last five opponents and will return to Westbrook on Tuesday to host Adrian-Ellsworth at 7:15 p.m.


PRINSBURG — The Yellow Medicine East volleyball team was unable to capitalize on Ella Cherveny’s 18 digs, falling short to Central Minnesota Christian 25-16, 25-16, 25-11.

Aside from Cherveny, Kiara Sakry had 10 digs and five kills while Narria Leenerts and Klaira Shackelford each had nine. 

Riley Streich also had eight digs, a pair of kills and nine set assists while Alana Almich had four kills.

Yellow Medicine East (1-8) will host Dawson-Boyd for its next match on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m.

MCC 4, RRC 1

SLAYTON — The Murray County Central volleyball team picked up its first win of the season on Thursday night against Red Rock Central. After getting its first set win against Dawson-Boyd on Sept. 7 and winning two sets for the first time in the following match against Adrian-Ellsworth on Tuesday, the Rebels got over the hump with a 25-10, 24-26, 26-24, 25-19 victory.

The Falcons’ second-set victory was also their first set win of the season.

Tia Donkersloot was unstoppable at the net for the Falcons. It seemed as if nothing could get by her at the net as she finished the night with 10 blocks. 

Abby Loosbrock and Kate Slettum led MCC at the net with 10 and nine kills respectively. Loosbrock also had eight blocks and five aces while Slettum had 16 assists, second to Thea Schneider’s 17.

Emmi Peltola led the Rebels’ back row with 18 digs while Slettum and Loosbrock had 12 and 13 respectively. Kate Blankenship also added 11 digs.

Maia Scheffler and Natasha Erickson led the Falcons defensively with 21 and 14 digs respectively. 

Murray County Central (1-5) will head to Okabena to face off against Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m.

Red Rock Central (0-6) will head to Jackson County Central for a volleyball tournament on Saturday at 9 a.m.


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