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SWU volleyball season wrap-up

November 21, 2012

 Autumn Hinkeldey, Kristin Liepold, Hailey Schumacher, Marque Loeschen, Kailey Wendland, and Sarah Schmid. Back row, Sarah Baumgard, Alyssa Hendrickson, Courtney Place, Rachel Mathias, Mandy Henkels, Alisa Carlson, and Andrea Hinkeldey.

Autumn Hinkeldey, Kristin Liepold, Hailey Schumacher, Marque Loeschen, Kailey Wendland, and Sarah Schmid. Back row, Sarah Baumgard, Alyssa Hendrickson, Courtney Place, Rachel Mathias, Mandy Henkels, Alisa Carlson, and Andrea Hinkeldey.
The Southwest United Wildcats celebrated the successes of all their teams on Sunday for the end of the season banquet.
The Southwest United Wildcats celebrated the successes of all their teams on Sunday for the end of the season banquet. The C-squad team ended on a very successful season, their final record was 13-6. The Junior Varsity had a similar season with a final record of 14-6. The Varsity team ended their season with a loss at the sub-section final match in Marshall against Russell Tyler-Ruthton. The varsity squad ended with a 23-9-1 record, third place finish in the Red Rock Conference and runner ups in 3a sub-section. The banquet highlighted the successes of the team from beating MCC for the first in five years to come-back games to making it to the sub-section finals. The Wildcats started the season with a home opener loss to Jackson County Central in three sets. The Wildcats had a two win streak win starting with travelling to Worthington with a four set win and beating Edgerton at home in three sets. After starting the season 2-1, the Wildcats travelled to Marshall for the Southwest Minnesota Challenge. They would lose the first three matches, against Canby, Burnsville, and Chaska. The Wildcats won on the second day against BOLD and Bloomington Jefferson putting their record at 4-4. Looking to break the 500 mark the Wildcats travelled to Pipestone and had a thrilling 5 set win. Mandy Henkels had a career high of 52 set assists in that match. The Wildcats than had three conference wins in a row. At Ellsworth they won in three, Hill-Beaver Creek in three sets, and Mt. Lake in four sets, putting the Wildcats on a winning streak with a record of 8-4. The Wildcats put up another win against non-conference team Harris-Lake Park out of Iowa, beating them in a five set match in Round Lake. The winning streak would come to an end after the Wildcats travelled to Southwest Minnesota Christian and lost that conference match in four sets. The Wildcats bounced back off of that loss when they travelled to Blue Earth Area for a tournament, winning 5 matches and tying against Blue Earth Area. The Wildcats beat Martin County West, New Richland-H-E-G, Minnesota Valley Lutheran, United South Central and Albert Lea, raising the Wildcats record to an impressive 14-5-1. The Wildcats continued their winning streak in a conference match in Adrian, winning in three straight sets. The Wildcats hosted Westbrook-Walnut Grove the same week and suffered their second conference loss. That loss was followed by two big conference wins against Red Rock Central in four sets and Murray County Central in five. The Wildcats travelled to Marshall for their third and final tournament of the season and opened with two wins against St. James and Cedar Mountain/Comfrey. The Wildcats beat MCC again but suffered two losses on the second day against Springfield and Windom. After the tournament the Wildcats record was 19-8-1. The Wildcats got seeded 3rd in the section 3A in the south. They had a bye first round and opened their section play against Murray County Central. Winning in an amazing comeback the Wildcats moved on to the semi-final match. Courtney Place had a season high of 27 kills that game. The Wildcats came out strong and beat Red Rock Central in the semi-final match. Wildcats final match was a five set loss to Russell-Tyler-Ruthton. For the remainder of the story, please see our print edition or check out our electronic edition website at http://eedition.tricountynewsmn.net. Call 507-793-2327 or email tcnews@roundlk.net for more information.


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