ROCKETS TOP SPARTANS IN THRILLER
The John Marshall volleyball team came into the season with great expectations, and in large part that optimism was because of the untapped potential of sophomore Lilly Meister.
That potential came to full fruition on Tuesday in a record-setting performance against crosstown rival Mayo. Meister ruled the net, piling up a school record 16 ace blocks as the Rockets claimed a 3-2 win.
"It was a great win for us tonight," said JM head coach Jessica Stellmaker. "What a great night Lilly had. At one point in the second set there was a run of about eight points where Lilly wasn’t allowing the ball to cross the net. She shut them down."
And she had plenty of help. Katilyn Steffes led JM with 28 kills, four ace blocks and 14 digs, and Chayse Paulson had 46 set assists.
Despite those big numbers, Mayo was in the match until the very end and had opportunities to win it. Anna Miller had 15 kills for the Spartans, and Kennedy Hady had 14 kills.
"It was a tough one to swallow tonight," said Mayo coach Deb Frederick. "We had the lead in the first set and let it slip away. That didn't set us up well for set two. We had moments that we played well but couldn’t finish when we need to. JM took advantage of those scoring opportunities to seal it in set five."
The Rockets (6-2) are at Mankato East on Tuesday, while Mayo (4-4) hosts Farmington on Monday.
John Marshall 3, Mayo 2
Mayo: Hannah Hanson 9 kills; Kennedy Hady 14 kills, 9 digs; Lauren Klees 23 digs, 2 aces; Elizabeth Theisen 9 digs, 2 aces; Anna Miller 15 kills; Kelly Klees 8 kills, 52 assists, 26 digs, 2 blocks; Emma Goss 9 kills.
John Marshall: Madalyn Helvig 1 assist, 19 digs; Katilyn Steffes 28 kills, 1 assist, 14 digs, 4 blocks, 3 aces; Olivia Oeltjen 6 digs; Chayse Paulson 46 assists, 13 digs, 2 blocks, 1 ace; Esme Decker 13 digs; Kathryn Nguyen 1 assist, 5 digs, 3 blocks, 1 ace; Amer Mabor 3 kills, 5 digs, 3 blocks, 1 ace; Lillian Meister 6 kills, 1 dig, 16 blocks; Allyssa Ihde 12 kills, 11 digs, 3 blocks.
CENTURY TUMBLES AT WINONA
WINONA -- Too many mistakes. That's what Century volleyball coach Nichelle Guillaume said cost the Panthers on Tuesday in a 3-1 loss to Winona in Big Nine Conference volleyball.
The host Winhawks posted a 25-18, 25-20, 22-25, 25-18 win to drop Century to 2-3 this season.
"We beat ourselves tonight," Guillaume said. "We can't expect to win games when we have so many unforced errors. Between just missed serves and hitting errors, we gave them 41 of their points. That's unacceptable. We need to be smarter players than that."
The Panthers won the third set, but couldn't take advantage.
"We won the third set, and I thought we would have some momentum and energy to start the fourth set, and we didn't," Guillaume said. "We ended up digging ourselves a hole and we couldn't get out of it. We need to learn to be that team to execute and put the ball down, rather than wait for them to mess up."
Ella Wieneke paced the Panthers with 14 kills and Megan Lund had 19 set assists.
Century (1-1 Big Nine) is off until next Tuesday when it will host Owatonna.
Winona 3, Century 1
Century: Megan Lund 19 assists; Ella Wieneke 14 kills.
Winona: No stats provided.
TRITON SWEEPS LOURDES
Triton kept Lourdes winless on the season as the visiting Cobras swept their way to a 3-0 victory in Hiawatha Valley League volleyball on Tuesday.
The Cobras won all three matches by the same 25-17 score. Brenna Essig led the Cobras with eight kills. Triton improves to 6-2 with the win, 2-0 in the HVL.
The Eagles drop to 0-4 overall, 0-2 in the HVL. Lourdes will host Lake City on Thursday.
Triton 3, Lourdes 0
Triton: Chelsea Lasker 21 assists; Brenna Essig 8 kills.
Lourdes: Brigid Hugo 11 assists; Whitney Younger 9 digs.
LIONS SWEEP L/P
The Schaeffer Academy volleyball squad picked up its second win of the year on Tuesday, knocking off Lyle/Pacelli in straight sets.
Grace Larson led Schaeffer with six kills and eight digs, and Audrey Park had 11 digs.
Olivia Christianson had 15 kills for L/P.
Schaeffer is 2-7 (1-4 SEC) while L/P falls to 0-11.
The Lions host Spring Grove on Thursday.
Schaeffer Academy 3, Lyle-Pacelli 0
Lyle-Pacelli: Olivia Christianson 15 kills, 3 digs, 4 blocks; Abbey Neve 15 assists, 2 digs, 2 aces.
Schaeffer Academy: Kaitlyn Meincke 15 assists; Grace Larson 6 kills, 8 digs; Gabrielle Miller 4 kills; Michaela Davis 4 kills; Sarah Augeson 3 aces; Audrey Park 11 digs.