Mavs win outright title

MANKATO – Outright Valley Conference volleyball champions.

The Martin County West Mavericks put the wraps on undefeated conference record by downing the Mankato Loyola Crusaders, 19-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-23, Tuesday night in Mankato.

Middle hitter Kate Thiesse hammered out a match-leading 18 kills to complement 14 digs and two ace serves for the back-to-back league champion Mavericks.

Outside spiker Hailey Leiding delivered 13 kills and two blocks for MCW, while teammate Jordan Gregory unleashed 11 kills, two blocks, six digs and two ace serves.

McKenna Taylor contributed six kills and a match-best six blocks to the Mavericks’ winning ways, while teammate Reilly Geistfeld chipped in six kills and one block.

Setter Kennedy Janssen distributed a match-leading 48 assists to go with six digs, one ace serve and one block; while Autumn Smith topped the defense with 15 digs to go with one ace serve.

Molly Klima chipped in 10 digs and two ace serves for MCW, while Haley Jensen added five digs and one ace serve.

Alli Menke delivered 14 kills and 12 digs to top Loyola’s effort, while Megan Schroeder contributed 11 kills.

Lindsey Theuninck doled out 22 set assists for the Crusaders (21-7), while Jordyn Theuninck made 28 digs.

Martin County West (22-6) awaits the outcome of today’s seeding meeting that will determine its first match of the upcoming Section 2A, South Sub-Section tournament.

Martin Luther/Gran-ada-Huntley-East Chain 3, Madelia 0 – Middle hitter Kristi Oberdieck unleashed a match-best 15 kills and eight blocks to go with five service aces to power the Knights to a 25-21, 25-23, 25-23 Valley Conference sweep over the Blackhawks on Tuesday night at East Chain High School.

Setter Hunter Payne distributed a match-leading 26 assists for ML/GHEC, Amber Schulz delivered seven kills, while Amanda Schuder made 12 digs.

Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain (5-17) awaits the outcome of today’s seeding meeting that will determine its opening match of the upcoming Section 2A, South Sub-Section playoffs.

Nicollet 3, Truman 1 – The Raiders fended off the Bluejays, 25-22, 25-22, 15-25, 25-16, during Valley Conference action Tuesday night in Nicollet.

Emily Zaharia collected 17 kills, 20 digs, four blocks and three ace serves to pace Truman’s effort, while Alexis Jahnz chipped in eight kills and one ace serve.

Hanna Hartman supplied four kills and two ace serves for the Bluejays, while setter Cydney Kilian doled out 36 assists to complement 12 digs and a pair of ace serves.

Briannia Pearson chipped in 12 digs and four ace serves, while Courtney Zaharia added six kills.

Truman (3-21-1) awaits the outcome of today’s seeding meeting that will determine its opening match of the upcoming Section 2A, South Sub-Section playoffs.

St. Peter 3, Fairmont 1 – The Saints squeezed by the Cardinals in a closely-contested South Central Conference clash, 26-24, 20-25, 25-21, 25-23, on Tuesday night in St. Peter.

Outside hitter Kayla Lardy pounded out a team-best 18 kills to complement 11 digs and three blocks for Fairmont, while setter Emily Kim distributed 33 assists to go with three service aces on the match.

Courtney Mosloski generated eight kills, Madison Geerdes tallied a team-leading four blocks, Kristen Campe made a lineup-best 32 digs to complement three service aces, while Sydney Glienke supplied 12 digs for the Cardinals.

Fairmont, who finished 5-5 in the conference, closed out the regular season with a 7-14 overall record.

The Cardinals await the outcome of today’s seeding meeting that will determine their opponent and the location of their Section 3AA, South Sub-Section opener at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25.

Waseca 3, Blue Earth Area 1 – The Bluejays bounced back from a 25-18 loss in the opening game to post consecutive wins of 25-11, 26-24, 25-11, to down the Bucs in the two teams’ South Central Conference finale on Tuesday night in Blue Earth.

Audrey McDonald produced 12 kills and 23 digs to complement seven points, including three aces, behind a 16-for-16 serving performance to pace Blue Earth Area.

Setter Nicole Krinke distributed 15 assists to go with five kills for the Bucs, Kylie Ahl doled out eight set assists and made 16 digs, while Ciarra Olson tallied six kills and 13 digs.

Samantha Ripley and Elizabeth Ellis each supplied two blocks for the home team.

Blue Earth Area (2-20, 0-10 SCC) awaits the outcome of today’s seeding meeting to determine its first-round match in the upcoming Section 2AA, South Sub-Section postseason tournament.