Redwood Valley tops Jackson County Central in Big South thriller

Ben Stoterau
Sydney Sommers led the way for the Cardinals with 13 kills as Redwood Valley held off rival Jackson County Central 3-2.

In a five set marathon, the Redwood Valley girls volleyball team edged rival Jackson County Central 3-2 in a recent Big South Conference showdown.

It was the second quality win of the season for the Cardinals (2-0) who remained unbeaten thanks to a strong finish against the Huskies.

The Cards dropped game one 25-14 but would answer back with a 25-16 win in game two.

Game three went the way of the Huskies 25-14, as they took a 2-1 lead in the match and had the Cards in trouble.

Redwood Valley would respond, however, gutting out a 25-21 win in game four and closing out the match with a 15-11 win in the fifth set.

Sydney Sommers had a big night, racking up a team high 13 kills and 17 digs and going 20-for-20 serving with an ace. Haley Garman added eight kills, two ace blocks, three digs and was 10-for-10 serving with an ace.

Aubree Hicks led the way with 17 set assists and was 12-for-12 serving, and Hannah Schjenken added 10 set assists, three kills, eight digs, an ace block and she would finish 16-for-16 serving with an ace.

Ella Bell added four kills, three digs and an ace block, Sydney Mertens had three kills, 12 digs, two ace blocks and was 13-for-13 serving with two aces. Madi Mertens chipped in with one kill and an ace block and AJ Guggisberg added 15 digs and was 13-of-15 serving with an ace.

As a team the Cards were 85-for-88 serving with six aces. Jahlyn Bill would add three digs.

The Cardinal scheduled match-up with Marshall slated for Oct. 15 was moved to Nov. 16.