ZUMBROTA — After getting beaten in the first set, Zumbrota-Mazeppa rallied, winning the next three in a four-set, season-opening victory over St. Charles at home Thursday, 23-25, 25-16, 25-18, 25-23.
Aspen Brubaker led the Cougars' offense with 12 kills along with 11 digs, followed by 10 kills, four digs, four blocks and three ace serves from Lyndsey Quam. Lauren Miller had seven blocks and four kills after missing all of last season with an injury, and Megan Johnson had 21 set assists in the victory.
Z-M returns to the court Tuesday for another non-conference matchup against St. Croix Lutheran.
Randolph 3, Houston 0
New Randolph head volleyball coach Marie Jacob got her first win as the Rockets opened the 2017 campaign with a three-set victory against Southeast Conference foe Houston, 25-15, 25-13, 25-20.
"It was a fun night and a great way to kick off our season," Jacob said.
Alyssa Whitson and Kayleen Woodcock both finished with six kills, with Whitson adding five digs. Jordyn Bey had 13 set assists, and Kenna Foss put down five ace serves in the Randolph victory.
Randolph has its first home match on Tuesday against Lanesboro.
Wasea 3, Pine Island 1
Opening the season in its home gym, Pine Island was unable to get into the win column, taking a four-set loss to Waseca in non-conference play, 25-22, 25-15, 20-25, 25-15.
Regan Bushman finished with seven kills for the Panthers, while Megan Quintero and Avri Kundert had 16 and 15 digs, respectively. Nicole Fall finished with 16 assists, and Sydney Andrist added 13 helpers in the loss.
On Tuesday, Pine Island will return home to take on Chatfield.
Lewiston-Altura 3, Lake City 1
With two long sets putting the match at 1-1, Lewiston-Altura was able to put a strong effort together in the final two sets to put Lake City away for a four-set, non-conference win on Thursday, 28-26, 24-26, 25-19, 25-9.
Statistics for Lake City were unavailable at press time.
The Tigers will resume action on Aug. 31 on the road against Red Wing.