The Kenyon-Wanamingo Knight volleyball team defeated a very athletic Goodhue Wildcat squad 25-19, 25-23, 25-17 in the Wildcat Jungle Tuesday night.

That win coupled with a Stewartville loss to Hayfield means there is a log jam at the top of the Hiawtha Valley League again this season.

Goodhue had leads early in the first two sets but Kenyon-Wanamingo outlasted them for some scramble points.

I had Knight 5'9 sophomore Ally Peterson with 20 kills on the night, 11 in the third set.

But Peterson doesn't just rack up kills.

She is becoming a better all around player.  Getting some impressive digs, passing the ball well and assisting on some blocks.

Also getting better it seems each time I see the Knights is 5'10 sophomore Megan Mattson.

Of the matches I've seen this season it was 5'9 sophomore Julianna Boyum's best night at the net with 10 kills and a number of block assists with 5'10 senior Corynne Dahl.

I've seen the Knights virtually every week this season and they have improved since the beginning of the year and if they continue to improve look out Section 2 Class 2A.

I also commented during the broadcast Tuesday night when you watch Goodhue you can't help but be impressed with their athleticism.

If I were a volleyball coach I would not want to face the Wildcats in the playoffs.

When 5'11 senior Sydney Lodermeier and 5'9 junior Kate Opsahl are in the front row their block can help pick up some points.

I was also impressed with the abilities of 5'7 freshman Hannah Gadient.

5'7 senior setter Mariah Tipcke does a terrific job of spreading the ball around but Goodhue is bitten by the bug a lot of teams are and that's a lack of consistent passing.

Here are some other volleyball scores from Tuesday night.  First in the H-V-L:

  • #3 Class A Hayfield 3 #2 Class 2A Stewartville 2  Hayfield 25-19 in first set, Stewartville won the next two sets 25-20 and 25-10 before Hayfield captured 29-27 and 15-13 wins to capture the match in Hayfield.
  • Cannon Falls was down 2 sets to none to Byron in the Bombers Hangar after 25-21 scores in each of the first two sets and then reeled off wins of 25-16, 25-14 and 15-9 to win the match.
  • #7 Class 2A Kasson-Mantorville swept Rochester Lourdes in Rochester 25-15, 25-23, 25-10.

In the Gopher Conference:

  • #4 Class A Faribault Bethlehem Academy had a two sets to none lead over #4 Class 2A Southwest Christian  after 25-22 identical scores in the first two sets before falling 25-21 in each of the next two sets and 15-6 in the fifth set.
  • Jordan traveled to #10 Class A Waterville-Elysian-Morristown and had a happy bus ride home following a four set win.  They captured the first two sets 25-16 and 25-18 before a Buccaneer 25-23 win and then put WEM away with a 25-11 victory.
  • Tri-City United notched a four set win over New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva with 25-21, 25-20 wins in the first two sets.  The Panthers won the third set 25-20 before the Titans won the fourth set 25-18.
  • No set scores were reported in the Madelia sweep of Maple River in Madelia.

In the Big Nine:

  • Faribault swept Mankato East at Nomeland Gym 25-17, 25-20, 25-19 to continue their hopes for a top tier finish in the conference.  They go to Red Wing on Thursday and I'll have the match on KDHL.
  • Northfield swept Rochester Mayo in the Raider gym.  No set scores were reported.
  • John Marshall traveled to Owatonna and went home 3-1 victors.

MIAC Conference volleyball will be featured on KDHL Wednesday night when the St. Olaf Oles host the St. Thomas Tommies in an early conference battle of unbeatens.

Roy Koenig's call begins 6:45 p.m. from Skoglund Arena on the St. Olaf campus.

Goodhue Wildcat Gym
Goodhue Wildcat Gym


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