May 25, 2024

Knights sweep two, now have 21 wins on season

Volleyball action with the Knights. Photo by Kari Kreft

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The West Central Area Knight volleyball team swept Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley and Swanville last week to improve to 21-5 on the regular season.

WCA (21-5) travels to Hancock Tuesday, for the last regular season game. Section 3AA playoffs open Oct. 29.

       WCA – 3

        CGB – 0

The Knights recorded their 20th win of the season on Tuesday, Oct. 19 with a sweep of Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley, in Barrett. The Knights won 25-20, 25-16, 25-23.

“We may have swept them, but it wasn’t without a fight,” said Knights coach Missy Foslien. “The Knights put on a great defensive show.”

Elizabeth Rustan and Mya Foslien both had 13 digs, and “had some amazing saves,” Foslien said. “Madelyn Westrom, who had nine digs, was often in just the right position to defend CGB’s outside hitter Jessica Moberg. We also had a great night getting touches on their aggressive swings. It was an all-out team effort.”

Macy Grosz added 12 digs, and Kaitlyn Hansen and Whitney Westrom had nine digs apiece.

Offensively, Grosz had 32 set assists. Mya Foslien finished with a team-high 12 kills. Rustan had 11 kills and Halle Foslien had six kills and two blocks. Addison Staples finished with five kills and three blocks.

“I really felt that everyone on the floor and off the bench brought the fire (Tuesday),” Foslien said. “They played with composure and determination, that’s how we want to play as we are nearing tournament time.”

Scores:  25-20, 25-16, 25-23

Stat Leaders 

Serving: Elizabeth Rustan 10/12; 1 ace, Whitney Westrom 11/11,  Macy Grosz  9/10, Mya Foslien 9/10; 1ace, Halle Foslien 18/19; 1 ace, Addison Staples 7/9; 1 ace

Set Assists: Macy Grosz 32, Addison Staples 2, Whitney Westrom 2

Digs: Elizabeth Rustan 13, Kaitlyn Hansen 9, Macy Grosz 12, Madelyn Westrom 9,  Mya Foslien 13, Halle Foslien 6, Addison Staples 1, Whitney Westrom 9

Kills: Mya Foslien42/44; 12 kills, Elizabeth Rustan 19/21; 11 kills, Halle Foslien 10/12; 6 kills, Addison Staples 12/15; 5 kills, Whitney Westrom 13/15; 5 kills, Macy Grosz 2/3; 1 Kill

Blocks:   Halle Foslien 2, Addison Staples 3

        WCA – 3

    Swanville – 0

West Central Area swept Swanville 26-24, 25-15, 25-16 in the Knights home finale Thursday, Oct. 21, in Barrett.

“It was an emotional one right from the start as we paid tribute to our seniors and parents,” Foslien said. “Then in warm ups Elizabeth Rustan went down with a sprained ankle, so a quick lineup change was necessary as we didn’t know if she would be able to return to play.” 

With the injury and emotions pre-game, the Knights started off a little rocky, trailing most of the first set.

Rustan was able to join the game with the first set locked at 21-21.

“She delivered a monster kill, which gave the Knights their confidence back,” Foslien said.

The Bulldogs kept fighting throughout the set, but eventually the Knights prevailed 26-24.

Halle Foslien and Whitney Westrom served “very well,” Foslien said of sets two and three for the Knights. “Sophomore Alaina Sykora came in for Rustan in the back row and also served very well.”

Halle Foslien served up five ace serves for the Knights with younger sister Mya Foslien leading the offensive attack with 11 kills.. Macy Grosz and Kaitlyn Hansen combined for 30 digs defensively.

Scores:  26-24, 25-15, 25-16

Stat Leaders 

Serving: Halle Foslien 17/17; 5 aces, Whitney Westrom 16/17; 2 aces,  Macy Grosz  11/11, Mya Foslien 7/7, Izzy Puchalski 2/2, Alaina Sykora 8/9; 1 ace, Madelyn Westrom 2/3

Set Assists: Macy Grosz 26, Kaitlyn Hansen 1, Whitney Westrom 1

Digs:  Kaitlyn Hansen 15, Macy Grosz 15, Madelyn Westrom 8,  Mya Foslien 9, Halle Foslien 5, Addison Staples 1, Whitney Westrom 15, Izzy Puchalski 4, Alaina Sykora 3, Lexi Hunter 1

Kills: Mya Foslien 28/31; 11 kills, Elizabeth Rustan 11/13; 6 kills, Halle Foslien 17/18; 5 kills, Addison Staples 8/11; 4 kills, Whitney Westrom 13/16; 6 kills, Macy Grosz 5/5; 1 Kill, Lexi Hunter 5/5; 1 Kill, Izzy Puchalski 11/12; 4 kills, Madelyn Westrom 5/6

Blocks:   Halle Foslien 1, Elizabeth Rustan 1, Mya Foslien 1

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