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Volleyball: Late surge helps Bombers to victory

After surviving two tight sets with Pine Island , Cannon Falls emphatically closed out Thursday’s Hiawatha Valley League match with a 25-21, 25-22, 25-11 victory in Cannon Falls.

“We couldn’t string together points (early on). They’d side out, we’d side out,” said Bombers’ head coach Melissa Huseth. “In the end of the game, we started to finally put points together.”

A big reason for Cannon Falls’ success on Thursday was the play of setter Lydia Franken. The senior clocked 19 set assists, nine digs, four kills and two ace serves. It was Franken’s serving in the third set that helped the Bombers pull away.

“Lydia got her ace serves in the third, and we got five straight points. They had a side out, then when we got the ball back, we strung together another five points in a row,” Huseth said. “She did a little bit of everything. She took charge and got some dumps in once in a while to be another scorer for us.”

Madasyn Hofstedt, Carly Broze and Hailey Huseth each finished with seven kills, and Becca Vandenheuvel tallied 13 digs for Cannon Falls.

Niki Fokken was the Panthers’ top hitter with seven kills. Step Norte had 26 digs, and Noelle Langworthy finished with 27 set assists in the loss.

On Friday, the Bombers (8-4, 5-1 HVL) head to the two-day Class 2A Showcase tournament at the Midwest Volleyball Warehouse in Burnsville. Cannon Falls will play three matches against Thief River Falls, Concordia Academy and Le Sueur-Henderson. 

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