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Volleyball team has close match against Cyclones

By Chuck Hunt - Editor | Sep 26, 2021

The United South Central volleyball team struggled against the New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva Panthers last Tuesday, Sept. 21, and lost the match 3-0.

The set scores were 25-14, 25-12, 25-18.

“First, hats off to NRHEG, they played a great match, very clean and efficient in terms of ball control and hitting,” coach Joe Kuechenmeister said. “We struggled in serve receive all night, and that prevented us from having more than one option offensively through the majority of the match.”

It was Kyllah Curry who led the team with four kills, as well as having two digs, one block and one ace.

Melany Ehlert had three kills, six digs and one ace.

Both Kiera Schultz and Kendal Harpestad had two kills each, with Schultz adding three digs and three blocks and Harpestad four digs and one block.

Hannah Meyer had one kill and two blocks while Molly Wegner had 12 assists and one kill.

Leah Winch had three digs and Eleanor Kayser had one block.

“I credit our kids for playing a better third set overall, but I still think we need to compete better start to finish, even if we are struggling to find a rhythm.”

The Rebels’ next match was just two days later, when they hosted Randolph.

“So we have to have a short memory and be focused on handling the ball better,” the coach adds. “If we can shore up that area, good things will happen.

USC is now 1-6 (1-3 Gopher Conference).

St. Clair 3, USC 2

It was quite a battle when the United South Central Rebels hosted the St. Clair Cyclones in volleyball action on Monday, Sept. 20.

St. Clair won the first set 25-17. USC came back and won the second set 25-22 and the third set 25-15. However, the Cyclones took the fourth set 25-14 to tie the match, then took the fifth set 20-18 to win the match.

“When we were good tonight, we were good,” coach Joe Kuechenmeister said. “Our kill production was the best it’s been all season, so that is definitely a positive.”

Kiera Schultz led the team with 14 kills, three blocks, two digs, one ace and an assist.

Kyllah Curry and Hannah Meyer each had 12 kills. Curry added five digs, one block, one ace and one assist, while Meyer had two blocks.

“Hannah Meyer had the best night of her career with her 12 kills and two blocks,” the coach said. “She had several big touches out in the middle.”

Kuechenmeister also gave high praise to Molly Wegner, who stepped in to handle the setting duties when Sam Swanson went out with an injury. Wegner had 31 assists and 10 digs while Swanson had 10 assists, three digs and one kill, before she had to leave the match.

“Thirty-one assists in your first varsity action is an impressive number,” the coach said.

Melany Ehlert had 10 kills, 21 digs and one ace for the Rebels, while Leah Winch added five digs, Erika Johannsen four and Lexis Kaupa one.

“Unfortunately when you look at the flip side and the errors we committed, between hitting errors and service errors, we were our own biggest enemy,” the Rebels mentor said. “We’ve got to do a better job of finding the court and allowing ourselves an opportunity to get into a point.”

Either way, the coach adds, it was another close match where the Rebel girls had to play through some pressure situations.

“We’re hoping that’s going to prepare us for similar situations to come,” Kuechenmeister said. “Particularly in the postseason.”