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Key wins from the bottom of its lineup helped Lake City to a 4-3 Hiawatha Valley League win over Stewartville Tuesday in Lake City. After falling in No. 1 and 2 singles, Grace Dankers and Emily Albright each secured victories at No. 3 and 4, respectively to tie the match. Dankers won 6-3, 6-3, while Albright clinched her match, 6-1, 6-3. The Tigers took two of three in doubles, with Carley Cronin and Katie Coyle winning No. 2 6-3, 6-2, and Juli Keller and Chloe McElmury clinching No.
Cannon Falls had no trouble putting away Winona Cotter on Tuesday, losing just two sets in a 7-0 Hiawatha Valley League victory at Winona. The Bombers’ singles players – Maddie Adel, Grace Rutter, Molly Rolfes and Delanie Otto – swept all their matches 6-0, 6-0. In doubles competition, Cannon Falls’ No. 2 duo of Sarah Modrak and Bethany Nelson picked up a 6-0, 6-0 win against Alice Xuan and Erin Derks. The Bombers (9-6, 4-2 HVL) play host to Lake City Thursday.
Lake City is still in search of its first Hiawatha Valley League win after falling in three sets to Hayfield, 25-17, 25-8-25-14. Madi Green and Daynalyn Jostock had seven and four kills, respectively, and Martha Guevara had six digs in the loss. Bailey Cronin added six set assists for the Tigers. The Vikings got a match-high 13 kills from Dani Wagner, and Johanna Bungum had eight kills and seven digs in the victory. Maggie Streightiff quarterbacked the offense with 18 set assists. Lake City (3-11, 0-6 HVL) hosts Kenyon-Wanamingo on Thursday.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa was in cruise control against La Crescent until the Lancers made a strong push in the third to extend the match. But the Cougars found their form in the fourth set to take Tuesday’s Hiawatha Valley League match, 25-13, 25-18, 23-25, 25-14. “We got into a funk; maybe we got too comfortable with the lead and let them back in,” said Z-M head coach Stacy Liebenow. “Then we decided that we had to pick up our game again.
Winona Cotter jumped out to a 3-0 first-half lead and did not relent against Lake City in Hiawatha Valley League action Monday, beating the Tigers 6-0 in Lake City. Lake City (2-8, 0-4 HVL) hosts Schaeffer Academy Thursday for Senior Night.
For the first time since Sept. 7, the Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa girls soccer team pitched a shutout, holding Plainview-Elgin-Millville without a goal in a 3-0 victory Monday in Pine Island. “The girls played a really solid game,” said Wildcats’ head coach Doug Weincouff. “I didn’t know what to expect on one day of rest after a weekend tournament (at Dover-Eyota).” What PIZM got was a balanced offensive attack as Madison House, Emilee Fredrickson and Tessa Gushalak each tallying goals.
After a dominating performance to open the Class AA Midwest Volleyball Warehouse Invitational, the Cannon Falls volleyball team took consecutive losses, ending the tournament 1-2. The Bombers cruised past Greenway 2-0 (25-13, 25-10) in their first match, but ran into problems against Maple Lake and Albany. The Bombers pushed Maple Lake to three sets, but lost the deciding third set 17-25, 25-19, 25-13.
Alex McCormick got Lake City on the board early in the second half, but Faribault scuttled the Tigers boys soccer team’s hopes for its first win when the Falcons scored with three minutes remaining, sending Lake City to its 10th loss with a 2-1 decision. The Tigers had a lot of chances, putting 18 shots on net. But the Falcons were able to deflect all but one while scoring in the 65th and 77th minutes to steal the game. Lake City (0-10) will host Plainview-Elgin-Millville/Dover-Eyota Tuesday, then head to Winona Cotter Thursday.
With just four regular season games remaining, the Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa boys soccer team has finally found out exactly what it is. That realization came Saturday against Plainview-Elgin-Millville, a 3-1 win for the Wildcats. Gilbert Wohlfromm scored twice for PIZM, and Brady Holst added the third, as the Wildcats rode a solid defense that gave up just five shots on goal. Goalie Brady Schoenfelder had three saves and one goal against in 48 minutes before being given a red card. Holst, subbing for Schoenfelder, had one save in 32 minutes.
Facing a winless Rochester John Marshall, the Red Wing girls soccer team had a an opportunity to turn in its first win of the season. Instead, the Rockets controlled the game, scoring three times in each half to pull away, 6-0. “To be honest, (coach) David (Thurston) and I both said this needed to be a wake-up call for our team because this was a winless team as well,” said co-head coach Paul McNamee. “We did a few things well, but we really didn’t play that well.