10/11/2013 9:25:00 AM Chargers' Comnick hits milestone, but SWU gets win on emotional night
SWU 24-25-25-25 = 3 WWG 26-23-14-16 = 1 It was an emotion-filled evening that saw a milestone achieved, Westbrook-Walnut Grove got off to a fast start, but Southwestern United slowly took over the momentum to claim a 3-1 victory over the Chargers in Westbrook.
An overflow crowd saw the Chargers take on the conference-leading Wildcats during a benefit night for WWG sixth-grader Kate Jorgenson, who lost her left arm in a farming accident in June. The benefit asked fans to wear orange, with nearly everyone in attendance, including the match officials, wearing orange shirts. The event also featured a Whopper feed and a raffle drawing, with over 500 meals served. WWG Coach Cathy Baumann estimated that, between the T-shirt sales, raffle drawing and burger feed, upwards of $20,000 was raised to help offset the Jorgenson family's medical expenses.
The energy by the crowd fueled WWG to a fast start. The Chargers built a nine-point lead early in the first set and held the lead at 24-18 before SWU battled back, eventually tying the set at 24-24. But WWG coaxed a pair of Wildcat errors, closing out the set 26-24.
But the comeback in the first set fueled SWU the rest of the night. The Wildcats held off a Charger rally to win the second set, then jumped out to comfortable leads in each of the final two sets to win the match.
SWU was sparked by Courtney Place, a cousin of Kate Jorgenson's, who finished with 24 kills.
During the final set of the match, WWG senior Dayna Comnick surpassed the 1,000 career kills milestone. Comnick needed 18 kills to hit the mark and finished the match with 19 kills. She was also 18-of-15 serving with five aces. Cassidy Mischke was 12-of-12 with two aces and Madison Takle went 10-of-10 with two aces.
Mischke added eight kills while Mariah Olson finished with six. Comnick and Liz Woelber each had 16 digs. Abby Herding handed out 39 set assists.
MLA 24-19-14 = 0 RRC 26-25-25 = 3 Red Rock Central battled from an early deficit to win the first set, then went on to a 3-0 sweep over Mt. Lake Area at Jeffers.
The match was RRC's Coaches vs. Cancer fund-raiser night.
RRC had a strong night from the service line, led by Cassandra Erickson's 12-of-12 performance. Erickson added a team-high eight kills.
Melanie Kedl also went 12-of-12 serving and had six kills. Rachel Kedl finished with six kills in the match. Mikaela Smith had 20 set assists.
For MLA, Mikayla Falk and Signey Stoesz each went 13-of-14 serving with three aces. Jordan Syverson had a team-high nine kills. Kaylee Wolle finished with six kills. Rachel Dukes had 25 set assists.
Next matches: Check for updates after each match. MLA: vs. WWG (at Mt. Lake), Oct. 14 RRC: at Subway Classic (Marshall), Oct. 11-12 WWG: at Subway Classic (Marshall), Oct. 11-12