Kenyon-Wanamingo and St. Peter Advance to Title Match
The Kenyon-Wanamingo Knights volleyball team and St. Peter Saints each picked up 3-1 wins over the Waseca Bluejays and Maple River Eagles Tuesday night. The top seed Knights won the first set 25-16 before going up 8-0 in the second set and losing 26-24. K-W was behind 5-1 in the third set and won 25-18 and ran away with the fourth set 25-13.
The Saints marched to a 25-21 first set win, then 25-19 before dropping the third set 25-23. It looked like Maple RIver was going to force a fifth set with a 21-16 in lead in the fourth before St. Peter came back to win 25-23. Some hitting errors down the stretch proved costly for Maple River.
My unofficial statistics courtesy of Baker and Axelson CPA's of Wanamingo who really know their numbers, showed junior outside hitter Ally Peterson with 29 kills to lead the K-W attack. Classmates Julianna Boyum and Megan Mattson had 12 kills and 9 kills respectively.
During much of the second set comeback Waseca 6'0 junior Rachel Breck was a blocking machine. I had her with 10 blocks during the match and 5'11 teammate, senior Brianna Highum had 5 blocks. It was a good match for Kenyon-Wanamingo to experience because the St. Peter Saints have size and good blocking abilities.
Specifically 6'2 senior Claire Nuessmeier, heading to Marquette to play Division 1 volleyball. Nuessmeier dominated the St. Peter first set win over Maple River with 11 kills, then cooled for 2 in the second set, 4 in the third set and 6 kills in the final set for a total of 23.
In the Knights win over Waseca after going up 8-0 in the second set it appeared the Bluejays blocks were sapping the energy right out of the Kenyon-Wanamingo team. The energy level was very high for Waseca and not for Kenyon-Wanamingo. I don't know if the energy level was matched, but the Knights definitely got some intensity back in the next two sets.
Thursday Kenyon-Wanamingo and St. Peter play for the Section 2 Class 2A South Subsection title at New Prague High School with a 7:45 p.m. scheduled first serve. Coverage on KAT KOUNTRY 105, 104.9 FM will begin 7:30 p.m. if we are on time. The North title match starts at 6:00 p.m. that evening and will also be the #1 and #2 seed teams clashing for the title.
#1 seed Belle Plaine swept #5 Jordan Tuesday night 25-18, 25-23, 25-23 at New Prague High School and #2 seed Norwood-Young America Central got by Glencoe-Silver Lake in four sets. GSL won the first set 25-20 before NYA reeled off 25-19, 25-17, 25-17 wins.
Section 2 Class 1A action Tuesday night South Subsection top seed Waterville-Elysian-Morristown breezed over #4 seed Mountain Lake/Comfrey 25-5, 25-17, 25-8 and St. Clair swept Alden-Conger 25-17, 25-20, 25-23. The matches were played at St. Peter High School.
In the North Subsection played at New Ulm High School #1 seed BOLD beat #4 Cleveland 25-16, 25-19, 25-20. #2 seed Mayer Lutheran bested #6 Gibbon-Fairfax Winthrop 25-18, 25-16, 25-13.
Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. Bold and Mayer Lutheran collide at New Prague High School and at 7:30 p.m. Waterville-Elysian-Morristown faces St. Clair on KDHL Radio, 920 AM. Roy Koenig will be calling the match
#3 seed Faribault Bethlehem Academy plays top seed Medford for the West Subsection title in Section 1 Class 1A at the Rochester Mayo Civic Center. That match will be broadcast on POWER 96 Radio, 95.9 FM. Brad Fisher on the call.