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LeRoy-Ostrander tops Mabel-Canton again

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Last season, LeRoy-Ostrander snapped one of the most impressive winning streaks in the area when the Cardinals beat Mabel-Canton to end the Cougars’ 85-match Southeast Conference winning streak.

Last weekend, L-O did it again, beating the Cougars in a non-conference match to capture the championship of the Southland Invitational.

"It was pretty exciting," L-O assistant coach Samantha Miller said. "Both teams played hard. We got down a little, but we fought back and played well. Mabel-Canton is great competition. It’s a match we always get up for."

The Cardinals are an experienced group, with five seniors and four juniors on the roster. Senior Lindsay Bly and sophomore Kaylee Bunne are the team’s top returning hitters from a year ago, and sophomore setter Rachel Rosedahl was an honorable mention all-conference player in 2006.

L-O is 7-1 in the SEC and 15-2 overall.

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— Jason Feldman

Another Tiger injured

The Stewartville volleyball team can’t seem to shake the injury bug.

The Tigers lost 6-foot sophomore Sam Blahnik before the season started to a torn ACL. Now they’re without the services of veteran hitter and team leader Erin Ness, who suffered a vertebrae injury.

Stewartville coach John Dzubay said Ness will be out at least two weeks and possibly longer.

Ness, a 6-foot senior, was second on the team in kills last season, and had a very good state tournament with 23 kills and 23 digs in three matches as the Tigers placed second.

Stewartville is off to a 6-0 start in Hiawatha Valley League play and 9-1 overall after topping Winona Cotter on Thursday.

— Jason Feldman

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JM hosts volleyball tournament Saturday

The John Marshall gym will be buzzing with activity Saturday as the Rockets play host to a nine-team invitational tournament.

John Marshall is the only city team participating in the tournament, which begins at 8:30 a.m. and has brackets for varsity and B squad.

Other teams in the tournament are Albert Lea, Austin, St. Charles, Blooming Prairie, Kasson-Mantorville and Zumbrota-Mazeppa.

Next Saturday, Sept. 29, Century is hosting a 10-team tournament at the National Volleyball Center. Lourdes is competing in that one, along with Century, Austin, Farmington, Blooming Prairie, Hayfield, Southland and Martin County West.

— Donny Henn

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