Area Volleyball Wrap: Knights cut down KoMets in five

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Thanks to the defensive efforts of Julianna Boyum and Sydney Way, Kenyon-Wanamingo managed to slay Kasson-Mantorville in five sets Thursday for a Hiawatha Valley League victory, 19-25, 27-25, 25-22, 20-25, 15-12.

"Wow, what a night. I can't even put into words how proud I am of these girls," said Knights head coach Jen Nerison. "They played with pure grit and finished as a solid team. ... (I'm) just proud of how they finished and they kept fighting (for) each point against an outstanding K-M team."

Boyum finished with 12 ace blocks while also putting down five kills for K-W. Way led the team with 40 digs, easily leading four Knights with double-digit scoops.

K-W's top attacker was Ally Peterson with 13 kills along with four blocks and 11 digs. Megan Mattson added 10 digs, four blocks and five digs, and Maddie McCauley added 19 set assists with four blocks. Madi Luebke also facilitated the offense with 18 set assists.

Winners of six straight, the Knights (17-7, 9-1 HVL) wrap up the regular season next week at Plainview-Elgin-Millville Monday before going home to face Pine Island on Tuesday.

Z-M 3, Pine Island 1

Zumbrota-Mazeppa is on a season-best, three-match win streak after beating Hiawatha Valley League rival Pine Island in four sets on Thursday, 19-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-19.

The Cougars got a team-best 13 kills from Lyndsey Quam while Megan Johnson and Hannah Mensink split setting duties with 20 and 15 assists, respectively. Aspen Brubaker scooped up 32 digs, and Juliah Jackson finished with four blocks in the victory.

For the Panthers, Avri Kundert had eight kills, 18 digs and three ace serves while Jordan Brehmer came up with 35 digs. Nicole Fall finished with 21 set assists, and Megan Quintero tallied 10 kills for Pine Island.

Z-M (9-8, 6-4 HVL) plays in a tournament in Apple Valley this weekend while Pine Island (6-11, 2-8 HVL) heads to the Byron invitational on Saturday.

Stewartville 3, Cannon Falls 0

Third-ranked Stewartville managed to stay atop the Hiawatha Valley League standings on Thursday after sweeping Cannon Falls, 25-15, 25-21, 26-24.

The Bombers' best efforts came at the net where Shalya Hustad and Sara Twedt both came up with five ace blocks while Olivia Thomley added four. Molly Bowen had a team-high six kills, Kara Loeschke finished with 17 set assists, and Tatum Pickar reached down for a Bomber-best 27 digs.

Cannon Falls (15-12, 7-3 HVL) wraps up the regular season Tuesday at home against Hayfield.

Randolph 3, Glenville-Emmons 0

The Randolph volleyball team ended the regular season on a high note Thursday, sweeping Glenville-Emmons for a Southeast Conference victory, 25-18, 25-15, 25-15.

Megan Erickson led the Rockets' offense with nine kills while being a force on defense with three ace blocks. Alyssa Whitson also finished with three ace blocks, and Jordyn Bey came up with nine set assists.

Randolph (8-12, 7-6 SEC) will now await seeding for the Section 1A tournament, which is set to begin on Oct. 23.

Goodhue 3, Triton 1

After dropping an extended first set to Triton, Goodhue rebounded with a win in a marathon second set en route to beating the Cobras in four Thursday in Hiawatha Valley League play, 24-26, 28-26, 25-18, 25-18.

Individual statistics were not available at press time.

The Wildcats (8-14, 2-8 HVL) will play in the Byron invitational Saturday before hosting Byron for the regular-season finale on Tuesday.

Byron 3, Lake City 0

Lake City took its second straight three-set loss on Thursday, losing at Hiawatha Valley League foe Byron in straight sets, 25-20, 25-22, 25-17.

Individual statistics were not available at press time.

The Tigers (8-16, 3-7 HVL) close out the regular season Tuesday at home versus Kasson-Mantorville.