A clash of West Central Conference powers unfolded Tuesday night at the MAHS gym. Homecoming week spirit filled the cavernous place. The spirit was buoyed by the 5-0 record the Tigers owned coming in. But look, Sauk Centre had similar credentials. Something would have to give.
The first two games went the way of the Streeters by scores of 25-22 and 25-12. Undaunted, the Tigers summoned new resolve and made this a most interesting match. The orange and black took games 3 and 4 by identical 27-25 scores. Game 5 would decide it all. Alas, this match would not go into the win column for the Tigers. Sauk took the deciding game 15-13.
Sauk came out of the night with a 12-2 overall record, 6-0 in conference. MACA has the still-sterling record of 10-1, 5-1.
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Ashley Solvie went up to produce three ace blocks. Howden and Carly Maanum each had one ace block. In digs it was Riley Decker standing out with her ample harvest of 49. Lindsey Dierks dug the ball up 19 times. The list continues with Fehr and Brooke Gillespie each with 17, then we have Koral Tolifson with 13 and Cassidy Fehr with five.
In the crowd-pleasing hitting department, Gillespie put on a show with 24 kills. Solvie pounded down 14 and Howden 12. Dierks came through with nine kills and Maanum had four.
Sauk Centre's setting was handled primarily by Jill Klaphake who had 49 assists. The big standout in hitting was Becca Weir with 32 kills. Weir and Mikayla Olson shared the team-best position in ace blocks, each with six. Kenzie Schmiesing was the top Streeter in digs with 28. Taylor Borgerding had three serving aces.