CLEVELAND 3, JWP 0 (25-16, 25-14, 25-8) — Tuesday, Oct. 2

The Cleveland Clippers (15-10) jumped all over the JWP Bulldogs (3-13) in a Valley Conference matchup on Tuesday, Oct. 2 in Cleveland, sweeping the match 3-0.

JWP stats

Mandy Gruis: 5 assists (six assists away from 1,000)

Kortney Southwick: 5 kills

Lacey Cords: 9 digs

Madi Loken: 8 digs


Maple River 3, NRHEG 1 (25-18, 25-22, 24-26, 26-24) — Tuesday, Oct. 9

Overall record: 6-10

Gopher Conference record: 2-4

The Panthers will play the Eagles again just seven days from now (Tuesday, Oct. 16) and head coach Onika Peterson was impressed with the defense from her girls even in defeat on Tuesday night.

“Maple River is a tough team and I am proud that our girls battled with them every single set,” said the coach. “The girls played very scrappy defense tonight and our serve receive was a little crisper. Next week we will face them again. We will need to be more aggressive offensively hitting at them and not tipping as much.”

NRHEG stats

Olivia Christopherson: 12 kills, 8 digs, 2 ace blocks

Laura Worrell: 20 assists, 3 digs, 1 ace

Hannah Budach: 14 assists, 5 digs, 1 ace

Sophie Stork: 5 kills, 1 dig

Darian Pearson: 4 kills, 1 dig, 1 ace block

Alexis Anderson: 5 kills

Caitlin Goette: 7 kills, 2 ace blocks

Sidney Schlinger: 10 digs

Jayna Finseth: 5 kills, 1 assist, 2 ace blocks

NRHEG 3, United South Central 0 (25-22, 25-11, 25-22) — Thursday, Oct. 4

The Panthers lost an early-season match with the Rebels during the Minnesota State University-Mankato tournament, but were able to slip by in the first and third sets (identical 25-22 victories) and dominate a second set (25-11) in which Peterson said the girls “came alive” in.

“We lost to USC in September during a tournament, so it was great for us to get a win against them tonight,” Peterson said. “We won our first set 25-22, but the girls really came alive in set two. They really sparked as they played very aggressively and that’s when we play our best.”

The night was also set aside to honor breast cancer survivors.

“It was a great night and a great win for a great cause,” said the coach. “It was our ‘Dig Pink’ event at the game and the girls raised money through selling t-shirts, ribbons and took donations. They honored our survivors who are fighting or have fought against breast cancer by giving them a pink flower.”

NRHEG stats

Christopherson: 15 kills, 20 digs, 1 assist

Worrell: 18 assists, 2 digs

Budach: 21 assists, 1 dig, 2 aces

Stork: 7 kills, 4 digs, 1 ace

Pearson: 5 kills, 5 digs, 1 ace

Anderson: 4 kills, 1 dig

Goette: 4 kills, 1 assist, 2 aces

Schlinger: 9 digs, 2 assists

Finseth: 3 kills


The Buccaneers hit the road for a tournament in Cannon Falls on Saturday, Oct. 6 and went 4-1 overall in the tournament which was good enough for a third-place finish.

There were four pools in the opening round and WEM emerged the champions of Pool B and were placed into the championship round with three other teams: Cannon Falls, River Falls, WI, and Tartan.

The Bucs lost their first game of the round to eventual tournament champion River Falls, but responded in the third-place game by beating host Cannon Falls 2-0.

WEM 2, Red Wing 0 (25-16, 25-20) — Pool play, game one

WEM 2, Lake City 0 (25-8, 25-11) — Pool play, game two

WEM 2, Minnehaha Academy 0 (25-11, 25-14) — Pool play, game three

River Falls 2, WEM 0 (25-16, 25-23) — Championship round, game one

WEM 2, Cannon Falls 0 (25-16, 25-23) — Third-place game

Tournament stats (5 games)

Addie Atherton: 5 digs, 3 kills, 2 assists, 1 block

Delaney Donahue: 8 aces, 26 digs, 34 kills

MaeLea Harmon: 17 aces, 24 digs, 23 kills, 59 assists, 2 blocks

Trista Hering: 3 digs, 4 kills

Shelby Hermel: 6 aces, 24 digs, 2 assists

Alexis Morsching: 5 aces, 49 digs, 20 kills, 1 assist

Morgan Nusbaum: 9 aces, 14 digs, 2 assists

Toryn Richards: 4 aces, 35 digs, 28 kills, 1 block

The Buccaneers (25-2) were scheduled to travel to Hayfield on Thursday, Oct. 11 for a 7 p.m. match with the Vikings before finishing up their season next week with a 7 p.m. home match against the NRHEG Panthers on Monday, Oct. 15 and a match in Wells against the United South Central Rebels at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Sports Editor Ian Srp can be reached at 507-837-5447. Follow him on Twitter @WCNSports.

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