Prairie Volleyball: Swanville, Upsala win openers

By PATRICK SLACK
Sports Editor
patrick.slack@mcrecord.com

Swanville grabbed an early lead in each set and never let up in Tuesday’s season opener, slamming host Isle 25-14, 25-19, 25-10.

The Bulldogs utilized a balanced effort offensively, with senior Nikki Primus hitting a team-high nine kills, junior Danica Hanson delivering six aces, eight assists and four kills and sophomore Haileigh Sales finishing with eight aces and 11 assists.

Junior Ashlie Kaun added four aces and senior Ashley Maciej was a perfect 11-for-11 on serve receiving.

“Saw some very good things out of our players and those that came in off the bench played just as well,” Swanville head coach Kerie Thoma said. “Our passing is what dominated, so we were allowed to set up and execute the ball all night. Very fun way to start the season.”

 

Upsala outlasts Onamia 3-2

In a back-and-forth season-opening battle, Tuesday, Upsala ended up on top with a narrow 23-25, 25-19, 25-23, 17-25, 15-12 victory over Onamia.

Junior Kristin Wuebkers distributed 35 assists to set up the Upsala offense, with junior Danica Cheney the leading beneficiary with 13 kills, followed by junior Brooke Westrich (11), sophomore Kiley Smieja (9) and freshman Katlin Welinski (6).

Westrich posted a team-high 17 digs and Cheney had 15, with Smieja picking up six blocks and Welinski adding five.

 

Braham rallies past Royals

Royalton took the opening set, but host Braham battled back to take the final three in a 22-25, 25-19, 25-22, 26-24 season-opening match, Tuesday.

Senior Emily Fussy led Royalton with eight kills, eight assists, 30 digs, five aces and five blocks.

Junior Jenna Skajewski made 41 digs and junior Abby Duevel had 35 to steady the defense, with junior Haley Olson recording 17 digs and 15 assists.

 

Swanville 3, Isle 0

Swanville 25 25 25 – 3

Isle 14 19 10 – 0

Swanville—Kills: Nikki Primus, 9; Danica Hanson, 4; Haileigh Sales, 2; Danielle Sutton, 2. Set Assists: Sales, 11; Hanson, 8; Digs: M Blocks: Hanson, 2. Service Aces: Haileigh Sales, 8; Hanson, 6; Ashlie Kaun, 4.

 

Upsala 3, Onamia 2

Onamia 25 19 23 25 12 – 2

Upsala 23 25 25 17 15 – 3

Upsala—Kills: Danica Cheney, 13; Brooke Westrich, 11; Kiley Smieja, 9; Katlin Welinski, 6. Set Assists: Kristin Wuebkers, 35. Digs: Westrich, 17; Cheney, 15; Wuebkers, 7; Welinski, 6; Smieja, 4. Blocks: Smieja, 6; Welinski, 5; Cheney, 2. Service Aces: Wuebkers, 3; Westrich, 2.

 

Braham 3, Royalton 1

Royalton 25 19 22 24 – 1

Braham 22 25 25 26 – 3

Royalton—Kills: Emily Fussy, 8; Abby Duevel, 5; Haley Olson, 3. Set Assists: Olson, 15; Fussy, 8. Digs: Jenna Skajewski, 41; Duevel, 35. Blocks: Fussy, 5. Service Aces: Fussy, 5; Skajewski, 2.

 

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