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Goodhue got off to an electric start against second-ranked (2A) Stewartville, taking the first set of Thursday's Hiawatha Valley League match 26-24. "They had the adrenaline flowing through them; they were really amped up and wanted to get a victory tonight," said Wildcats' head coach Lindsey Mace.
Third-seeded Cannon Falls had no trouble in its Section 1A opener on Wednesday, dispatching of New Life Academy 6-1 in Cannon Falls. “We played well again at every spot,” said Bombers’ head coach Paul Norstad. “We’ve been playing very good tennis.” Cannon Falls’ one blemish came at No. 4 singles as the Eagles’ Michelle Penwell won 5-7, 7-5, 12-10.
In two meetings this season, Lake City and Stewartville have played each other tight, with each team getting a 4-3 victory in the season split. But in the first round of the Section 1A playoffs Wednesday, Lake City’s players were able to win in clutch situations, helping fifth-seeded Lake City take the match over fifth-seeded Stewartville 6-1. It started at the top for Lake City as No. 1 singles player, senior Josie Kuchinka, overcame a second-set loss to win 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 over Whitney Erickson. In doubles, Lake City’s No.
Facing one of the top teams in the Hiawatha Valley League, Goodhue couldn’t keep up with third-ranked (2A) Kasson-Mantorville on Tuesday, falling in straight sets, 25-16, 25-22, 25-20. Meredith Watson was stellar at the net for the Wildcats with six kills, four blocks and 14 digs. Mikayla Tipcke finished with 21 set assists, 14 digs, three kills and two ace serves, and Kali Ryan tacked on five kills, 12 digs and a block. Goodhue goes up against the HVL’s top team Thursday, facing second-ranked and undefeated Stewartville.
A string of unfortunate events worked against Red Wing’s favor on Tuesday as the Wingers dropped a Missota Conference match at New Prague, 2-1. Red Wing got a goal in the 24th minute on a penalty kick by Maddie Erie, but later in the game, Erie and fellow senior Stacey Rother were injured, with both captains sitting out in the second half. The Trojans managed to tie the game, 1-1.
After a league loss to one of the best teams in the state, the Cannon Falls volleyball team rebounded Tuesday with a three-set, 25-12, 25-15, 25-16 victory over Hiawatha Valley League foe Triton. “We played excellent defense and our passing was spectacular, which was really good to see after playing Stewartville. We really worked on positioning the last couple of days,” said Cannon Falls head coach Melissa Huseth.
Madi Green’s nine kills highlighted Lake City’s 25-17, 25-19, 25-14 Hiawatha Valley League loss to Byron Tuesday night. Breanna Gates had four kills in the defeat while Daynalyn chipped in two. Martha Guevara led the Tigers with seven digs, followed by Emily Ziebell’s four. Megan Schramski had four digs as well as two ace serves. Bailey Cronin had eight set assists. The Tigers (3-14) host Cannon Falls Thursday, then head to Cannon Falls for a tournament Saturday.
A couple of hobbled players turned a tough Red Wing volleyball season into something even worse Tuesday at Winona. The Wingers, who are winless in 13 matches, fell in three sets to the Winhawks, 25-2, 25-18, 25-14. “Tonight we learned we need to work together as a team and transfer our work on fundamentals from practice to games. Tonight proved that there are many opportunities for each player to be a leader, both on and off the court,” said Red Wing assistant coach Kelly Norman.
With 12 minutes left in Tuesday’s Hiawatha Valley League match, an own goal allowed by Lake City that was credited to Keana Rosaaen put Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa past the Tigers 3-2. “It was a fantastic match. Lake City gave us as much as we could handle,” Wildcats’ head coach Doug Weincouff said. “They fought hard.” PIZM held a 2-1 halftime lead thanks to a pair of goals from Madison House, while Lake City’s Emily Schimbeno put in a goal with 2 minutes, 24 seconds left in the first half. Then 15 minutes into the second half, the Tigers tied the match with a goal.
Running in the Chatfield Invitational Tuesday at Chosen Valley Country Club, the Goodhue girls cross-country team took 10th in the 11-team race with a team time of 100 minutes, 32.5 seconds. The Wildcats’ top runner was Cassandra Voth, who placed 11th with a time of 17:38.3, with a pace of 7:06.