Area Volleyball: Little Falls, Pierz and Swanville win conference openers

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

Little Falls 3, St. Cloud Cathedral 1

After splitting a pair of close sets to start the match, Little Falls pounded host St. Cloud Cathedral in the final two, earning a 25-23, 17-25, 25-12, 25-16 victory, Thursday.

Senior Sierra Virnig (12) and sophomore Melanie Dorn (10) provided double-digit kills for the Flyers, while junior Kendra Pohlman delivered eight kills and a team-high 22 digs.

Senior Stephanie Wardarski distributed 24 set assists.

 

Pierz 3, Holdingford 0

Senior Bridget Bednar led Pierz with 18 kills, seven digs and six service aces in a 25-20, 25-13, 25-16 home win over Holdingford in its Central Minnesota Conference opener, Thursday

Junior Kayla Carter followed Bednar with six kills and junior Jessica Hawks passed out 27 set assists.

Sophomore Summer Storm led the Huskers with six kills.

 

Swanville 3, Upsala 1

Swanville snapped a decade-long drought against Upsala with a 25-13, 23-25, 25-23, 25-19 home win, Thursday, led by 11 kills and 11 digs from junior Danica Hanson.

Senior Nikki Primus added eight kills and five service aces and sophomore Haileigh Sales picked up 25 set assists.

Junior Danica Cheney led Upsala with 13 kills and nine digs and junior Brooke Westrich had seven kills, nine digs and four service aces.

 

Osakis 3, Royalton 0

Osakis topped visiting Royalton 25-19, 25-16, 25-16 in the start of Prairie Conference play, Thursday.

Senior Katelyn Kasella recorded six kills and 12 digs and junior Abby Duevel had five kills for Royalton.

 

Little Falls 3, St. Cloud Cathedral 1

Little Falls 25 17 25 25 – 3

St. Cloud Cathedral 23 25 12 16 – 1

Little Falls—Kills: Sierra Virnig, 12; Melanie Dorn, 10; Kendra Pohlman, 8; Jennifer Ronning, 5; Brooke Finch, 3; Laura Fregin, 2; Stephanie Wardarski, 1. Set Assists: Wardarski, 24; Dorn, 9. Digs: Pohlman, 22; Finch, 16; Virnig, 15; Wardarski, 13; Tristen Zimmerman, 11. Service Aces: Pohlman, 4.

 

Pierz 3, Holdingford 0

Holdingford 20 13 16 – 0

Pierz 25 25 25 – 3

Holdingford—Kills: Summer Storm, 6; Madison Vogt, 5. Set Assists: Anna Warzecha, 13. Digs: Chelsey Gerads, 5; Samantha Maciej, 5. Service Aces: Maciej, 4.

Pierz—Kills: Bridget Bednar, 18; Kayla Carter, 6; Tiara Hopkins, 4; Raychel Virnig, 3; Alex Lucken, 1. Set Assists: Jessica Hawks, 27; Paige Reardon, 2. Digs: Bednar, 7; Hopkins, 5. Blocks: Bednar, 3. Service Aces: Bednar, 6; Hopkins, 5.

 

Swanville 3, Upsala 1

Upsala 13 25 23 19 – 1

Swanville 25 23 25 25 – 3

Upsala—Kills: Danica Cheney, 13; Brooke Westrich, 7. Set Assists: Kristin Wuebkers, 18. Digs: Sara Herzog, 10; Cheney, 9; Westrich, 9; Wuebkers, 5. Service Aces: Westrich, 4; Wuebkers, 4.

Swanville—Kills: Danica Hanson, 11; Nikki Primus, 8; Ashlie Kaun, 5; Danielle Sutton, 5; Haileigh Sales, 3. Set Assists: Sales, 25; Hanson, 9. Digs: Ashley Maciej, 12; Simone Grittner, 11; Hanson, 11; Sutton, 9. Service Aces: Primus, 5; Grittner, 4; Rachel Evans, 2.

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