Area sports action from Thursday included:
Volleyball: Pierz 3, Kimball Area 1
After splitting the first two sets, Pierz pulled away for a 25-15, 23-25, 26-24, 25-15 win at Kimball Area, Thursday, improving to 3-0 in Central Minnesota Conference play.
Junior Bridget Bednar had 14 kills and 11 digs, senior Anna Welle posted 10 kills and sophomore Jessica Hawks and senior Brook Brausen combined for 32 set assists.
Volleyball: Royalton 3, Isle 0
Junior Emily Fussy recorded 12 kills, four service aces and three blocks to help lead Royalton to a 25-22, 25-15, 25-14 win at Isle. Sophomore Haley Olson added 25 set assists, six digs, five kills and two service aces and junior Katelyn Kasella had a team-high 12 digs.
Volleyball: Zimmerman 3, Little Falls 0
Visiting Zimmerman executed late rallies in the first two sets and held off Little Falls in the third for a 25-21, 25-19, 26-24 Granite Ridge Conference victory.
Sophomore Kendra Pohlman led the Flyers with nine kills while senior Noelle Kurowski and junior Jennifer Ronning added six apiece.
Volleyball: Sebeka 3, Swanville 1
After dropping the first two sets, Swanville bounced back to take the third before falling in the fourth to visiting Sebeka.
Senior Marissa Evans had 16 kills and 15 set assists for Swanville, with senior Brittany Poegel adding 11 kills and 15 digs.
Volleyball: Eden Valley-Watkins 3, Holdingford 1
Seniors Jena Volkers (10) and Haley Huls (8) teamed up for 18 kills, but visiting Eden Valley-Watkins held off Holdingford in four sets.
Senior Amanda Young passed out 23 set assists for the Huskers.
Cross Country: Little Falls girls fourth, boys fifth at Rocori
Senior Mattia Hendrickson earned fourth in 15:24 to lead the Little Falls girls to fourth at the Rocori Invite, with junior Mathew Massmann placing sixth in 17:18 to lead the Flyers boys to fifth.
Girls Tennis: Becker 6, Pierz 1
Senior Morgan Waytashek and junior Stephanie Brill won 6-3, 6-4 at No. 3 doubles for Pierz’ lone victory in a 6-1 defeat at Becker.
Boys Soccer: Little Falls 6, Princeton 1
Juniors Tim Infinger and Jake Loukinen each scored two goals and Infinger had two assists to lead Little Falls to a 6-1 win at Princeton.
Senior Taylor Kottschade and sophomore Thomas Bell each added a goal and an assist for the Flyers.
Girls Swimming and Diving: Little Falls 98, Princeton 88
Little Falls took three of the top four spots in the 100-yard backstroke and swept the 100 breaststroke to rally past Princeton 98-88.
Freshman Makyla Klever won the 100 freestyle in 1:02.13 and anchored the first-place 200 freestyle relay team led off by senior Diana Kempenich, seventh grader Abby Van Heel and senior Emily Stark (1:53.33), while Stark also took first in the 100 breaststroke (1:17.51).
Eighth grader Savanna Slettom earned first in the 100 backstroke (1:15.34).
Girls Swimming and Diving: Melrose Area 62, Holdingford 35
Visiting Melrose Area topped Holdingford 62-35, with junior Megan Auger earning the Huskers’ lone first-place finish in the 100 breaststroke (1:21.06).
Eighth grader Arianna Vasilj earned personal bests in the 200 freestyle (2:24.79) and 500 freestyle (6:29.85), qualifying for sections in both events.
Area teams in action this weekend include:
Little Falls football vs. Princeton, Friday at 7 p.m.
Pierz football at Kimball Area, Friday at 7 p.m.
Royalton football vs. Ottertail Central, Friday at 7 p.m.
Upsala-Swanville Area football vs. Barnesville, Friday at 7 p.m.
Holdingford football vs. Eden Valley-Watkins, Friday at 7 p.m.
Upsala volleyball at Burnsville Class A Showcase, Friday – Saturday.
Pierz, Royalton and Holdingford cross country at Milaca Mega Meet, Saturday at 10 a.m.
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Upsala-Swanville Area girls tennis at Prairie Conference tournament in Long Prairie, Saturday at 9 a.m.
Little Falls boys soccer at Rockford Area, Saturday at 1 p.m.
Little Falls girls soccer vs. Rockford Area, Saturday at 1 p.m.