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Red Wing volleyball traveled to Faribault on Tuesday as both teams looked to collect their first win of the season. The Wingers showed some fight early, but inconsistencies on offense and on serve-receive doomed Red Wing in a 25-19, 25-12, 25-14 loss to the Falcons. As a team, Wingers’ head coach Heidi Ulwelling said the team finished with five kills. And once Red Wing dropped the first set, it was hard for the team to get out of that funk. “We just fell six points shy,” Ulwelling said. “We had them down by five or six points and just couldn’t close.
For the second time in four days, Zumbrota-Mazeppa volleyball fell short against Kenyon-Wanamingo, losing in three sets, 25-17, 25-12, 25-16, in Hiawatha Valley League play Tuesday in Zumbrota. Carley Henning was the Cougars’ top player on Tuesday, finishing with seven kills, six digs and three ace blocks. Hailey Dykes added five kills and a block, and Kalli Paukert controlled the offense with 15 set assists. Brittney Flom led the Knights at the net with eight kills and five blocks, and Bailey Auseth had 12 digs in the victory.
Colin Rucker scored the lone goal for the Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa boys soccer team was not enough to snag a victory as the Wildcats fell 2-1 to Byron Tuesday evening. “We played a great game tonight. Our players were moving the ball much better,” said PIZM coach Peter Wiggins. “(And we got) great play by goalie Brady Schoenfelder. I'm looking forward to the next game." Schoenfelder faced 16 shots Tuesday, stopping 14 in the process. The Wildcats managed nine shots on goal, led by Matt Smith’s three.
Both the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles teams for the Cannon Falls girls tennis team took their opponents to a third set before falling shy of victories. Not that a couple wins would have mattered in the long run as the Bombers fell 7-0 to fourth-ranked Rochester Lourdes Tuesday afternoon. Sheyenne Bauer and Sarah Modrack, the Bombers’ No. 2 doubles team, won their first set 6-2, but fell 7-5, 7-5 to Grace and Ellen Gorman. Cannon Falls’ No.
Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa remains undefeated after coming away with a 3-0 victory over St. Charles Tuesday in St. Charles. Abby Gushulak put the Wildcats up 1-0 in the first half, scoring on a corner kick.
Just two matches in, and it’s all good so far for the Goodhue volleyball team. With a commanding 25-8, 25-7, 25-20 victory Tuesday over La Crescent, the Wildcats are 2-0 on the young season. “We kind of spread stuff out. Everyone got some touches,” said Goodhue coach Lindsey Mace. Mikayla Miller put to good use the touches she got, leading the Wildcats with nine kills and four service aces.
Down 2-0 at halftime to Winona Cotter on Tuesday, the Red Wing girls soccer team had to come up with something.
Lake City made a furious comeback in the first set but couldn’t close out against Pine Island as the Tigers fell in three sets, 25-21, 25-16, 25-12, in Hiawatha Valley League play Tuesday in Pine Island. “The first game, we came from way far behind. We were so close,” said Lake City head coach Kim Bobb. “There were times where we played the best we have all season. Then, we would make some mental errors that cost us.” Breanna Gates finished with six kills, eight digs and two ace blocks, and Madi Green added six kills in the Tigers’ loss.
Competing in its first cross-country meet in 35 years, Goodhue girls took third place while the boys placed fifth at the Wabasha-Kellogg Gallop Invitational on Tuesday. Ninth-grader Cassandra Voth led the Wildcat girls with a seventh-place time of 14 minutes, 54.3 seconds, helping Goodhue to 65 team points. Madison Schafer was 11th at 15:24.7, and Rachel Watson placed 12th at 15:33.5. Rochester Area Home School took first in the girls’ meet with 27 points, followed by Pine Island’s 34 points.
Competing at the Rochester Century Invitational on Saturday, the Zumbrota-Mazeppa volleyball team finished 3-2 with wins over Austin (25-16, 25-20), Southland (25-18, 25-17) and Minneapolis South (25-20, 25-9). The Cougars’ losses came against Kenyon-Wanamingo (25-23, 25-17) and Rochester Century (25-21, 25-23). Carley Henning was Z-M’s top performer in the tournament with a team-high 25 kills and seven ace serves. Hailey Dykes had 13 kills and four ace blocks, and Kaitlen Buck finished with 12 kills.