Spartans blank Austin to stay unbeaten
Junior Molly Campbell landed eight ace serves and five-year starter Leah Bjerke belted 11 kills in undefeated Rochester Mayo's 3-0 volleyball win over winless Austin on Thursday night at McNish Gym.
But Mayo coach Deb Frederick wasn't overly please with the Spartan's performance. "This is the most timid we've been in the last three games," she said. "I want the players to get rolling and making plays right away."
Mayo struggled through the first six points in the opening game before Bjerke served eight straight winning points, including two aces, to help the Spartans pull away. She used a number of soft, shallow serves to confuse the Packers.
Bjerke, an outside hitter, said the Spartans' are developing balance along the front line. "If someone is having a tough night, the others can pick up the slack," she said.
Seniors Sarah Gardner and Lindsay Morris got six and five kills, respectively, for Mayo. Brittini Hoosier made 13 set assists.
For Austin, Brooke Monson got six kills and two ace blocks.
LOURDES 3, PINE ISLAND 2
Eagles win HVL opener
PINE ISLAND -- Emily; Welhaven had 12 kills and Laura Musselman had 27 digs to guide Lourdes to a five-game win over Pine Island in Hiawatha Valley League volleyball.
Caroline Smith added 28 set assists for Lourdes and Laura Musselman had 27 digs.
Pine Island got a terrific performance from Laura Canton. She had 19 kills, was 12-for-12 serving, had four ace blocks and 11 digs.
Christina Maley had 14 kills and eight set assists for Pine Island, which slipped to 0-1 in the HVL and 0-3 overall.
MANKATO WEST 3, JM 1
Scarlets' attack too strong
John Marshall couldn't contain the strong hitting of Mankato West and the Rockets dropped their home opener at the JM gym.
The Scarlets won the first two games to take control and won in four games, 26-24, 25-20, 23-25, 25-18. West improved to 2-1 in the Big Nine Conference and 2-2 overall. JM is 2-3, 1-1 in the conference.
JM coach Carolyn Bell said the Rockets had their hands full with West senior outside hitter Katie Christensen.
JM's leaders were Jasmine Dittrich with 12 kills and three solo blocks; Sam Sikkink with 12 kills; and Missy Weispfenning with 32 sets for kills and two ace serves.
JM is at Albert Lea next Thursday.