Tigers take down Chargers

NEW ULM – Springfield made quick work of Minnesota Valley Lutheran, winning 25-10, 25-12, 25-8 in a Tomahawk Conference volleyball match on Thursday.

Despite Vishe’ Rabb getting a match-high 14 kills, the Chargers (0-12, 0-4 Tomahawk) did not lie down and still managed to get a block up on her at multiple points throughout the night.

“We scrimmaged them earlier in the season and the girls did the exact same thing,” MVL coach Sara Gieseke said. “They knew she was going to be there, so they put up a big block.”

The Tigers (12-6, 4-1) led for the entire match except for the middle of the second frame, when the Chargers took a 5-4 lead after a brief bout of miscommunication from the opposition.

However, the Tigers regained the lead despite allowing the Chargers to pull to without two points after a big block from senior Brittany Sanders made it 10-8. But the Tigers finished the set on a 15-4 tear to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

In the first set, Springfield knocked in 10-straight points to close out the frame 25-10. Senior Kenna Wahl tallied two of her match-high four service aces in this frame to complement her nine kills and 13 digs.

“Kenna was on; she was serving very accurately, hitting open spots,” Springfield coach Michelle Adrian said. “For her outside hits, she was cutting crossed – they weren’t getting lined so she put it there every time. She was playing smart.”

Springfield cruised in the third set behind five kills and one service ace from Wahl.

Rabb also had four blocks to go along with her 14 kills. Amber Fenger had five kills and Alyssa Streich had six kills, while Callie Wersal had 30 set assists and eight digs for the Tigers.

Sanders had six digs, five set assists and three kills for the Chargers. Mackenzie Helget had five set assists, Lauren Paulsen had four kills and Hannah Biedenbender had nine digs.

Both teams return to action Tuesday, when MVL hosts Cedar Mountain/Comfrey and Springfield plays at Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart.1