Class B volleyball: Northwestern sweeps into semifinals, will face Colman-Egan

Northwestern's Sydney Schell bumps a ball during a match against Corsica-Stickney in the Class B quarterfinals on Thursday.

Top-ranked Northwestern continued their dominant season with a 3-0 first round victory over No. 9 Corsica-Stickney (25-12, 25-8, 25-13) Thursday afternoon at the Huron Arena. 

Northwestern only found themselves trailing once in the match when Corsica-Stickney jumped to a 4-2 lead in the first set. The Wildcats responded quickly and took the set 25-12.

Following their close game at the start of the first set, Northwestern avoided a repeat with a 15-3 lead into the second set. Corsica-Stickney only scored five more points in the set while Northwestern took control. 

The Jaguars put up their best effort in the third set and even found themselves scoring three consecutive points against a tough front row from Northwestern. The defending champions took control and won 25-13. 

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Sydney Schell finished with 14 kills and four block assists for Northwestern. Ella Haven recorded six total blocks. Joclyn Haven led with 12 digs, adding two aces. Hannah Schentzel tacked on nine digs and two aces. 

Morgan Delange led Corsica-Stickney’s attack with seven kills, while Avery Broughton added five. Raven Barse finished with nine digs. 

Northwestern will play in the semifinals on Friday at 5 p.m. against No. 4 Colman-Egan, which defeated No. 5 Bridgewater-Emery in four sets Thursday.

No. 1 Northwestern swept No. 9 Corsica-Stickney in Thursday's Class B quarterfinal match in Huron.

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No. 4 Colman-Egan def. No. 5 Bridgewater-Emery, 21-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-15 — Colman-Egan’s first-ever state tournament appearance will end in the winner’s bracket. The No. 4 Hawks bounced back from an opening set loss to No. 5 Bridgewater-Emery in their Class B quarterfinal to win in four sets. 

Olivia Baumberger (17) and Mackenzie Hemmer (16) combined for 33 of their team’s 52 kills, with Baumberger adding three aces, 15 digs and a match-high three solo blocks, and Hemmer adding 17 digs. Braiden Westley recorded 31 assists and 29 digs, while Elizabeth Moore chipped in 16 digs. 

For the Huskies, Julia Weber notched 10 kills and 21 digs, and Casey Meyer added 17 assists and 11 digs. 

— Brian Haenchen, Argus Leader

Chester Area prepares to take the floor ahead of their Class B quarterfinal against Faulkton Area.

No. 3 Chester Area def. No. 6 Faulkton Area, 25-21, 26-24, 24-26, 25-16 — Chester fought off a late surge in the third set from Faulkton to win 3-1. The first three sets were tight and saw few runs over three points.

Chester’s Breckyn Ewoldt led the attack with 15 kills, while teammates Jayda Kenyon and Ella Pry each tacked on 14. Emery Larson and Kenna Brown both had 18 digs. Brown also recorded 47 assists. Carly Becker had two aces.

Isabel Aesoph led Faulkton with 13 kills, three aces, and 33 digs. Morgan Gutenkauf added three aces. Peyton Melius tacked on 19 digs and two block assists. Shayna Heitmann led with three block assists.

Faulkton will play Hitchcock-Tulare in the consolation semifinal on Friday at 2 p.m.

Chester’s victory advances them to the semifinal against Warner at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Warner's Kyra Marcuson prepares to take a swing against Hitchcock-Tulare during Thursday's Class B quarterfinal in Huron.

No. 2 Warner def. No. 7 Hitchcock-Tulare, 25-23, 25-18, 23-25, 23-25, 15-7 — Kyra Marcuson came through for Warner when they needed her most. The freshman played her first state tournament, but quickly took on a veteran presence as she came through in tense moments.

In a tight third set that saw the Monarchs catching up to the Patriots, Marcuson’s kill tied the set 22-22. Warner ultimately fell behind after Hitchcock-Tulare pulled ahead, but it gave life to a team that fell behind 11-3 at the start of the set.

Momentum shifted in favor of Warner to start off the fourth set with the Monarchs holding a 13-7 lead. Hitchcock-Tulare bounced back, cutting the lead to three points before Warner called a timeout. The Patriots then went on a 6-1 run and took the 21-19 lead. Jennifer Aman’s kill gave Warner the lead, but Hitchcock-Tulare did not shut off their surge. After swapping the lead several more times, the Patriots then scored two more to win 25-23.

Despite the past two sets shifting in favor of Hitchcock-Tulare, Warner shook off the pressure and locked in during the fifth set. The Monarchs jumped to a 7-3 lead, while the defense only allowed four more points from the Patriots. Marcuson finished off the match with her 11th kill of the night.

Aman led Warner’s attack with 16 kills. Courtney Bjorgaard recorded 26 digs while Lauren Marcuson added 24. Ava Nilsson registered 52 assists and 16 digs. Peyton Fisher had an ace and 17 digs.

Kaitlyn Rathjen tallied three aces for Hitchcock-Tulare, and Dannyn Peterson, Kaitlyn Schroeder, and Madison Hofer each added two from the service line. Schroeder led with 23 digs and nine kills. Ashley Masat and Hofer tacked on eight kills each.

Warner will head to the semifinal against No. 3 Chester on Friday at 7 p.m.

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