Volleyball: Upsala fends off Swanville rally to complete sweep

By Patrick Slack, Sports Editor

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Swanville sophomore Stephanie Koetter, left, leaps up for a block attempt against Upsala senior Makenna Peterson during Tuesday’s Prairie Conference match. Koetter had two kills and two blocks while Peterson recorded eight digs, seven blocks and two kills in Upsala’s three-set win.

After the Upsala volleyball team took the first two sets, Swanville erased an early third-set deficit to take a 20-17 lead, Tuesday.

But the host Cardinals won eight of the final nine points, seizing a 25-6, 25-15, 25-21 victory to improve to 4-0 on the season.

Senior Aimee Pelzer had nine kills, 11 set assists, eight digs and three service aces while sophomore Danica Cheney recorded seven kills, 12 set assists and eight digs to lead Upsala.

Senior Tracy Herzog added eight kills and six digs and senior Makenna Peterson had eight digs and seven blocks.

Upsala senior Aimee Pelzer sets a pass during the Cardinals’ 25-6, 25-15, 25-21 win over Swanville, Tuesday, with Swanville junior Ashley Maciej (9) and senior Brittany Poegel (2) defending. Pelzer picked up 11 set assists, nine kills, eight digs and three service aces in the match.

Swanville was led by senior Marissa Evans, who had five kills and five set assists, and sophomore Danica Hanson, who distributed nine set assists.