Rebels struggle, others win easily

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 6, 1999

The Southland Rebels volleyball team are suffering through a long season.

Wednesday, October 06, 1999

The Southland Rebels volleyball team are suffering through a long season. The Rebels, the defending champion in the Southeast Conference West Division, are still searching for their first conference win. Tuesday they were once again beaten by a conference foe. The Grand Meadow Superlarks were 15-12, 4-15, 15-1, 15-7 victors in Adams. Southland is now 0-6 in the conference and Grand Meadow 3-3.

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Angie Holst was the best player on the court for the Superlarks. She had eight kills and was 16-of-16 serving.

The Rebels got good efforts from Amber Ihrke, 15 kills; Betsy Matheis, six ace serves; and Erin Orvik, 14 digs.

Southland’s search for a conference win continues next Tuesday when they travel to LeRoy. Grand Meadow next plays Thursday when they host Fillmore Central.

Lyle/Pacelli 3,

Shattuck/St. Mary’s 0

Norm Blaser and Carl Ellis, Lyle/Pacelli co-coaches, got a chance to play everyone on their roster in their match against a weak non-conference foe, Shattuck/St. Mary’s, in Faribault. The Lions came home with a 15-3, 15-9, 15-5 win.

"We took an early lead in each game and held the lead," Blaser said. "Everyone got to play and they responded well to the opportunity."

Carrie Drees was the leader in kills for L/P with six. Sophomore starter Laura Nelson and her senior namesake Laura Nelson along with Katie Foster all had five kills. Mamie Strouf was 10-of-11 serving with three aces. Nicole Emiliusen was 15-of-15 with seven aces and 11 service points. Jenna Baumann had seven digs.

The biggest match of the year for the first-year co-op team comes on Thursday when LeRoy-Ostrander comes to Austin. L/P (12-6, 5-0) can assure themselves of a tie for the Southeast Conference West Division crown with a win over the Cardinals.

LeRoy-Ostrander 3,

Fillmore Central 2

The Cardinals withstood a furious Fillmore Central rally to come home with a big Southeast Conference victory on the road.

L-O won the first two games of the match 15-10, 15-11. The Falcons then came back to win the next two games, 15-10, 15-2. Game five saw L-O lose a 9-3 lead and trail 14-12, but the Cards then pulled out the win with four straight points to take the match. Annie Winfield served it out with three straight points from 13-14 to 16-14.

Holly Johnson, however, was the service leader for the Cardinals with 24 service points. Lindsay Mensink was the top attacker with 12 kills and five ace blocks. Jill Johnson had five kills and two ace blocks. Kelly Davis had 21 set assists and Nina Bucknell 15.

LeRoy-Ostrander is now 5-1 in the conference and Fillmore Central 1-4.

Blooming Prairie 3, Waterville-Elysian-M’town 0

The Awesome Blossoms are sitting pretty in the Gopher Conference after a big win over the third-place Buccaneers, 15-7, 15-8, 16-14. The Blossoms are now 10-0 in conference and 17-3 overall.

"We had a pretty good serve receive," Blooming Prairie coach Mary Worke said. "Our serving hurt us in the third game. We had way more errors than usual. At crunch time, Jana Peterson came through with the last two points of the match on her serve."

In the third game, Blooming Prairie trailed 13-8 before making the decisive comeback.

Up front, Ranell Goette had 17 kills and four ace blocks, Peterson 14 kills and three ace blocks, and Missy Avery 11 kills. Peterson also had a dozen digs, Avery 11, and Janelle Iacovino 11. Sara Anderson had 31 set assists.

BP is at Alden-Conger on Thursday.

Hayfield 3, Pine Island 0

The Vikings used a balanced attack in their 15-11, 15-9, 10-15, 15-4 win over the Panthers.

"Nine players recorded kills for us," Hayfield coach Deb Harvey said.

Sheri Swanson and Kristin Peterson each had a half-dozen, Kelly Thompson five.

Megan Follmuth was the leading sever with 15 service points and three ace serves. She also had 10 set assists. Lacy Wangen had nine set assists, three kills and one ace block. Jana Wohlers had nine set assists.

Hayfield (23-2, 7-1) is at Zumbrota-Mazeppa next Tuesday.