Rockets hang on, top Fillmore Central

HARMONY — John Marshall volleyball coach Jessica Stellmaker rightly called Tuesday's match between the Rockets and Fillmore Central "a barn-burner." 

The Rockets raced out to a quick two-set lead, only to see F-C come roaring back to win the next two. The Rockets trailed early in the final set but rallied to take it 16-4 for a 3-2 match win.

"The girls did a nice job pulling out the fifth set," Stellmaker said. "We came out on fire and played two really great sets, then got too comfortable and let up. I'm Proud of the girls for sticking with it. Those are fun games to play in. Fillmore-central is scrappy, and they play the game well. 

Katilyn Steffes led the Rockets with 25 kills, 6 blocks, and 19 digs.

The Rockets (1-1) play Faribault on Thursday. 

John Marshall 3, Fillmore Central 2

John Marshall#25#28#22#19#16

Fillmore Central#18#26#25#25#14

John Marshall: Madalyn Helvig 18 digs, 2 aces; Katilyn Steffes 25 kills, 19 digs, 6 blocks, 1 ace; Chayse Paulson 2 kills, 42 assists, 12 digs, 1 block, 3 aces; Esme Decker 8 digs; Kathryn Nguyen 2 kills, 3 digs, 1 block; Amer Mabor 8 digs, 1 block; Lillian Meister 3 kills, 5 digs, 4 blocks; Allyssa Ihde 13 kills, 14 digs, 1 block, 2 aces; Elise Rietveld 1 dig. 

Fillmore Central: Hope Sexton 5 digs, 2 aces; Kendyl Kraling 5 kills; Kjerstiana Corson 1 kill, 7 assists, 13 digs, 1 ace; Lauren Mensink 7 kills, 21 assists, 13 digs, 2 aces; Hadley Yoder 11 kills, 5 digs, 2 aces; Kandace Sikkink 15 kills, 21 assists, 16 digs, 1 ace; Krista Jorgenson 7 kills, 1 dig, 1 block; Ashlyn Simon 20 digs, 4 aces; Maddie Krage 7 kills, 1 dig, 1 block. 

Bombers sweep Century

The Century volleyball squad hosted a solid Cannon Falls team on Tuesday, and the results weren't what the Panthers had hoped for.

Century was in every set but couldn't finish off any of them, and the Bombers claimed a 3-0 win.

Century head coach Nichelle Guillaume wasn't pleased with what she saw from her team. "We struggled with all aspects of the game tonight," she said. "We dug ourselves a hole and then started to play catch-up too late in the game. We weren’t aggressive, made too many mistakes on our side, and all around just played poorly. We have a lot of work to do tomorrow at practice."

Ashlyn Meincke led the Century attack with eight kills. 

The Panthers host Albert Lea on Thursday. 

Cannon Falls 3, Century 0

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Cannon Falls:  Jaci Winchell 29 assists, 7 digs, 4 aces; Halle Hustad 4 blocks; Makayla Bowen 5 kills, 12 digs, 5 aces; Bree Robinson 16 digs; Kylie Wersal 4 kills, 2 aces; Julia Jarvi 4 digs; Sara Twedt 9 kills; Lauren Johnson 4 kills; Madi Burr 4 blocks, 2 aces. 

Century: Megan Lund 14 assists; Ella Wieneke 6 kills; Brooke Meincke 15 assists; Ashlyn Meincke 8 kills, 15 digs. 

L-O nips Schaeffer Academy

LeROY — LeRoy-Ostrander pulled out a narrow 15-13 win in the fifth set to nip Schaeffer Academy 3-2 in Southeast Conference play.

The host Cardinals used a balanced attack as Samantha Volkart had nine kills and Sidney Lewison added eight. Nicole Freerksen had 21 set assists.

Michaela Davis had 10 kills to lead Schaeffer and Meredith Kottom added nine. Kaitlyn Meincke had 25 set assists.

LeRoy-Ostrander 3, Schaeffer Academy 2

Schaeffer Academy#11#25#18#25#13


Schaeffer Academy: Kaitlyn Meincke 25 assists, 12 digs, 8 aces; Meredith Kottom 9 kills, 5 blocks; Michaela Davis 10 kills; Audrey Park 12 digs. 

LeRoy-Ostrander: Emily Hofner 24 digs; Samantha Volkart 9 kills, 3 blocks; Kayden Schulte 1 kill; Libertee Smalley 3 kills, 2 blocks, 4 aces; Sidney Lewison 8 kills, 10 digs; Nicole Freerksen 21 assists, 3 aces; Kelly Hanson 3 aces.

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