STEFFES LEADS JM TO SWEEP OF CENTURY
John Marshall's Katilyn Steffes had a big night on Thursday and led the Rockets to a 3-0 sweep over Century in crosstown volleyball action. The senior hitter had 20 kills.
"The Rockets came to win tonight, and we did just that," said JM head coach Jessica Stellmaker. "Katilyn Steffes was too much for the Panthers."
Steffes had plenty of help. Mady Helvig had nine kills, Allyssa Ihde had seven and Lilly Meister added five.
"Chayse Paulson did a nice job leading the hitters with 40 set assists," Stellmaker said. "We had great defense tonight with 4 players in double digits for digs. There was an extremely long, excellent defensive rally at one point in the third set that we won that was phenomenal."
Century head coach Nichelle Guillaume said her squad played well at times but was done in by ill-timed mistakes.
"We played with a lot of energy tonight but just couldn’t finish," she said. "We would lose momentum and start making errors on our side at critical times."
JM is 16-5 overall, while Century falls to 7-10.
John Marshall 3, Century 0
John Marshall: Madalyn Helvig 9 kills, 14 digs, 1 ace; Katilyn Steffes 20 kills, 2 assists, 16 digs, 1 block, 3 aces; Olivia Oeltjen 3 digs; Chayse Paulson 40 assists, 10 digs, 1 ace; Esme Decker 9 digs; Amer Mabor 6 digs, 3 blocks; Lillian Meister 5 kills, 2 digs, 3 blocks; Allyssa Ihde 7 kills, 14 digs, 1 ace.
Century: Megan Lund 18 assists; Rachel Schmitz 15 digs; Ashlyn Meincke 22 kills, 18 digs; Elaina Marxen 11 digs.
SPARTANS DOMINATE MANKATO EAST
The Mayo volleyball squad wrapped up its home regular-season schedule on Thursday with a dominant performance, knocking off Mankato East 3-0.
The Spartans had a very balanced attack, with seven players record at least five kills. Kennedy Hady led the way with seven kills and three aces.
"East has some great size," said Mayo head coach Deb Frederick. "Covering our swings was important, and moving the ball around at the net to open some shots."
The Spartans will be participating in a weekend tournament at Lakeville North.
Mayo 3, Mankato East 0
Mankato East: No stats submitted.
Mayo: Hannah Hanson 6 kills, 4 assists, 11 digs, 1 block; Jaydn Koestering 6 kills, 7 digs; Kennedy Hady 7 kills, 6 digs, 1.5 blocks, 3 aces; Lauren Klees 6 digs; Elizabeth Theisen 7 digs; Anna Miller 6 kills, 3 blocks; Kelly Klees 5 kills, 23 assists, 9 digs, 1 ace; Claire Schmitt 1 ace; Emma Goss 6 kills, 2.5 blocks.
Z-M ROLLS PAST LOURDES
Megan Schoenfelder had 13 kills and three blocks to lead Zumbrota-Mazeppa over Lourdes on Thursday in Hiawatha Valley League volleyball action.
Jakalyn Arendt added 11 kills and two aces, and Natalie Dykes had 10 kills.
Brigid Hugo led Lourdes with six kills and three aces.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa 3, Lourdes 0
Zumbrota-Mazeppa: Sarah Mensink 17 digs; Rylee Nelson 35 assists, 12 digs; Lola Wagner 14 digs; Jakalyn Arendt 11 kills, 15 digs, 2 aces; Megan Schoenfelder 13 kills, 3 blocks; Tenlee Magnuson 2 aces; Natalie Dykes 10 kills.
Lourdes: Brigid Hugo 6 kills, 10 digs, 2 blocks, 3 aces; Liz Walston 5 kills, 8 digs, 2 blocks; Christi Nordman 16 digs; Beth Sellner 11 assists; Lindsey Rossow 11 digs; Belle Horstman 4 blocks.