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Volleyball: Strong serves lead Bombers past Wingers

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Thanks to a strong showing on the service line, Cannon Falls took control of Thursday’s non-conference match with Red Wing on the way to a three-set victory, 25-14, 25-10, 25-11.

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Lydia Franken tallied eight ace serves, while Hailey Huseth finished with three and Madison Sesker and Sami Cromer each had two aces in the victory.

“We had some service errors right away, then after that, I don’t think we missed one (serve) all night,” said Bombers’ head coach Melissa Huseth. “If we serve really strong, since our girls have really good ball control, we can make it difficult for teams to get into system and get the ball to the setters.”

Madasyn Hofstedt led Cannon Falls with five kills and three ace blocks. Huseth added four kills and seven set assists, and Franken quarterbacked the offense with 11 set assists. Becca Vandenheuvel controlled the back row with 10 digs.

For the Wingers, middle hitter Sydney Book had a match-high 11 kills. Taylor Steger had seven digs and two blocks, and McKenzie Cota finished with 11 set assists and two ace serves.

“I felt we played a better match against Cannon Falls than Tuesday versus Goodhue,” said Red Wing head coach Heidi Ulwelling. “Even though the scores didn’t reflect that, I feel our girls competed and had some very aggressive play.

“Win or lose, I want these young ladies to continue to learn, compete and keep their heads up. They are succeeding in doing that thus far this season.”

The Bombers (1-1) open Hiawatha Valley League play Tuesday at Byron, while the Wingers (0-2) are in Faribault on Tuesday.

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