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Thursday’s match with top-ranked Chaska left the Red Wing volleyball team in shock and awe. On one hand, the winless Wingers could not match Class 3A’s No. 1 team in terms of firepower, falling in straight sets 25-7, 25-9, 25-10. On the other hand, Red Wing head coach Heidi Ulwelling hopes the game serves as a motivator the rest of this season and beyond. “They just got to see the best volleyball in the state,” Ulwelling said. “That should motivate you get to that level. … Their ball control was unbelievable. They’re No.
Faced with some adversity with goalkeeper Paige Harlow out with a concussion, the Red Wing girls soccer team was forced to do some shuffling with its lineup. And while Thursday’s Missota Conference match with Chaska ended in a 3-0 loss, Wingers co-head coaches Paul McNamee and David Thurston were impressed with how the team handled the added pressure. “They knew we were going against some high firepower from Chaska, and it was awesome to see them step up and try to slow them down,” McNamee said.
La Crescent found its groove Thursday in a three-set defeat of Lake City. The Tigers made a game of it in the first set before the Lancers hit the gas pedal, winning 25-19, 25-11, 25-13. Madi Green led the Tigers with seven kills while Daynalyn Jostock and Breanna Gates finished with three each. Emily Ziebell closed with 13 digs, Martha Guevara had 11 and Emma Gnotke finished with eight. Bailey Cronin had nine set assists while Gnotke added seven. Gates and Guevara each had two aces. The Tigers (3-11 overall, 0-5 HVL) will host Hayfield Tuesday, then Kenyon-Wanamingo Thursday.
The Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa girls soccer team had chances in bunches, but could not capitalize in a 1-0 Hiawatha Valley League loss to Rochester Lourdes Thursday night. Summer Cavallaro had five saves for the Wildcats while PIZM threw 16 shots on net. The Eagles managed just two shots in the second half, but one found the back of the net after a scrum in front of Cavallaro 15 minutes into the half. “Our girls played a solid game, they just stuck one in the net and we didn’t.
Facing one of the Hiawatha Valley League’s top teams, Lake City girls soccer coach Mark Spence had two goals for his team against eighth-ranked (1A) Kasson-Mantorville Thursday evening. But just one of them came to fruition in a 7-0 defeat. “The girls played very hard and gave it a great effort. We went in with two things: play hard and come away with no injuries. Unfortunately, we came back with a couple girls injured. We lost one of our best players midway through the first with a leg injury, (in) Brandy White.
Down 1-0 after the first half, the Red Wing boys soccer team experienced a seismic shift that changed the course of Thursday’s Missota Conference match against Chaska. As the Hawks came charging down, Wingers goalkeeper Andy Tarr slid into an offensive player and was issued a red card, taking the stone-wall goalie out for the rest of the game and forcing Red Wing to play a man down.
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.
Cannon Falls was able to tally a pair of wins against fourth-ranked Rochester Lourdes, but the Eagles ultimately came away with the 5-2 victory Thursday in Cannon Falls. Both Bomber wins came in singles as Maddie Adel and Grace Rutter won in No. 2 and 4, respectively. Adel picked up a 6-3, 7-5 victory against Lourdes’ Rachel Kamath, and Rutter overcame a first-set loss to Anna Clayton to win 2-6, 6-2, 6-3. “I thought we played better in some spots this time around (against Lourdes),” said Cannon Falls head coach Paul Norstad.
For the third straight match, the Red Wing girls tennis came out victorious, this time by a 5-2 score over non-conference opponent Hastings. The Wingers got off to a quick start as the top two singles players, Emily Stegora and Emily Otteson, registered speedy wins. Stegora trumped Anna Foster 6-2, 6-2, while Otteson shut down Annika Peterson 6-3, 6-0. Lauren Grant got the third win in singles play with a No. 4 defeat of Sara Lund 6-4, 7-5. The Wingers doubles teams had a similar afternoon, losing just one match to the Raiders.
The Red Wing girls swimming team got its first dual win of the season on Tuesday, coming away with a 93-88 victory at Park of Cottage Grove. The Wingers got off to a fast start as the 200-yard medley relay team of Ingrid Olson, Ashley Thompson, Carly Boisen and Claire King won with a time of 2 minutes, 05.35 seconds.