June 15, 2024

Knights sweep Benson in only match  

Photos by WCA Sophomore Lindsay Woessner Jaclynn Nelson goes after a loose ball as her WCA teammate Macy Grosz looks on during their match against Benson in Barrett Oct. 10.

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Sam Peterson 

Grant County Herald

The West Central Knights volleyball team had some much deserved rest last week with just one match on their schedule. The Knights hosted Benson in Barrett for the two West Central Conference team’s second match of the season. WCA had taken the Braves down in Benson 3-0 and made it two sweeps over Benson with a 3-0 win Oct. 10.

WCA 3

Benson 0

The Knights took some time getting going in each of the three sets, but managed to play better at the end of each set and were never really threatened by the Braves. The Knights took the first set comfortably 25-14. The second set was the most competitive of the night, but WCA still earned a 25-17 win. The Knights were on cruise control at this point and strolled their way to a 25-14 win in the third.

Benson really struggled to keep up with the Knights all night long. There were not very many long volleys and the Braves sent over a fair amount of free balls, which the Knights capitalized on. “The Braves kept pursuing, but could not catch up. A lot of their points were from our own errors, we will need to clean things up for our next opponent,” head coach Melissa Foslien said.

It was pretty balanced on offense for the Knights. As a team, WCA racked up 32 kills from eight different players. Mya Foslien led the team with 10 kills, Madi Fagre added seven and Izzy Puchalski racked up five. Macy Grosz was responsible for setting up the majority of those kills, finishing with a team high 31 assists. 

At the service line, the Knights had seven aces. Mya Foslien and Kaia Giese both finished with two aces and Madelyn Westrom, Puchalski and Wylie McNally all added one.

On defense, WCA had three players in double figures with digs. Madelyn Westrom led the team with 15 digs, Grosz added 12 and Whitney Westrom dug out 11. Mya Foslien and Puchalski added eight and seven digs, respectively. At the net, the Knights had four blocks with one each from Grosz, Mya Foslien, Puchalski and Jaclynn Nelson.

The Knights have just two regular season competitions left before the playoffs start. They played in Montevideo against the Thunderhawks Oct. 17. Their final event will be at the Fergus Falls Tournament set for Thursday, Oct. 19.

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