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Century finds West looks good on paper, court

The Mankato West High School volleyball team looks good enough on paper to be ranked No. 9 in the state in Class AAA.

Rochester Century coach Bob Koerner said the Scarlets look every bit as good on the court Thursday night, as West swept the Panthers in a Big Nine Conference match in Mankato.

West beat Century 15-3, 15-9, 15-4. The Scarlets improved to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the Big Nine. It was the conference opener for Century, which is 5-3 overall.

"We just couldn't get it going against them," said Century coach Bob Koerner. "They have reasonable height and are very quick. Their defense picked up everything tonight. They are a really polished team for this early in the season."

Century was led by Jackie Siewert with four kills, Kate Kluge with 12 set assists, and Sara Anderson with two blocks.

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Century 3 9 4

; Mankato West 15 15 15

; Winhawks edge JM in 5

The winless Rochester John Marshall volleyball team had a chance to get its first victory but couldn't quite make it happen. Despite holding a lead in the fifth and deciding game against Winona, the Rockets couldn't hang on, dropping the final game 15-13 in a five-game, 3-2 loss against Winona.

Kala Rousu had 34 set assists for John Marshall, while Deb Carlson had 12 kills and six ace serves. Amanda Lilla chipped in with seven kills for the Rockets, who slip to 0-5.

Winona 10 ; 19 ; 15 ; 9 ; 15

John Marshall ; 15 ; 17 ; 4 ; 15 ; 13

Lourdes falls to K-W

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Kenyon-Wanamingo got 24 kills from Megan Wendorff and cruised to a 3-1 win over Rochester Lourdes in a Hiawatha Valley League volleyball match Thursday night in Kenyon.

Wendorff had more than half of K-W's kills as the Knights won 15-1, 15-7, 13-15, 15-6. K-W improved to 3-0 overall and Lourdes is 0-2. It was the HVL opener for both teams.

Kristina Lurken added 12 kills for K-W, and Val Berquam had 39 set assists, eight digs and four ace serves. Wendorff and Angie Walker both had three solo blocks and six assisted blocks.

Lourdes 1 7 15 6

; Kenyon-Wanamingo 15 15 13 15

; Mayo swept by East

It wasn't exactly the way the Rochester Mayo volleyball team wanted to break in the school's newly renovated gymnasium. The Spartans lost the Big Nine conference match to Mankato East in three games, but head coach Rob Scripture was far from disappointed with his team's effort.

"It was a really positive night," Scripture said. "The match was closer than the scores indicate. We played for a long time."

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Mayo was led by sophmore Micaela Bjerke's 25 set assists and junior Katelyn Carlson's 16 kills. Senior Olivia Porter added five ace blocks.

Scripture was also very pleased with the play of eighth-grader Leah Bjerke in the middle.

"This was definitely a step in the right direction," he said.

Jessica Jensen led East (1-0 Big Nine, 4-0 overall) with 11 kills and Kristen Jones contributed 29 set assists.

Mankato East 15 15 15

; Mayo 5 9 3;

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