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Area volleyball roundup: Blackhawks pick up two wins at Hanson Early Bird

ALEXANDRIA—Sanborn Central/Woonsocket went 2-0 during the first day of the Hanson Early Bird Volleyball Tournament on Tuesday. The Blackhawks will play Class B powerhouse Warner on Thursday in the championship match.

In their first match, the Blackhawks won the final two sets to take down Gayville-Volin. Set scores were 18-25, 25-21, 26-24.

Sanborn Central/Woonsocket (1-0): Tesa Jensen and Erica Howard led the team with nine kills each, while Madi Moody finished with 19 assists. Abby Vermeulen's nine digs led the team, though five players finished with more than five digs. As a team, the Blackhawks had seven aces.

Gayville-Volin (0-1): Olivia Petrik and Molly Larson had 21 and 18 kills, respectively. Abby Larson finished with 13 assists and Sam Olson chipped in with eight kills.

Sanborn Central/Woonsocket 2, Hanson 0

ALEXANDRIA—Sanborn Central/Woonsocket won its second match of the day by topping host Hanson in the semifinals of the Early Bird tournament on Tuesday. Set scores were 25-17, 25-22.

Sanborn Central/Woonsocket (2-0): Tesa Jansen led the way with seven kills, three digs and two blocks. Vermeulen had a match-high 13 digs, while Moody added 10 digs and nine assists and Erica Howard had five kills.

Hanson (1-1): Waldera had 15 assists and seven digs for Hanson in defeat, while Ellie Tuschen had seven digs and six kills. Grace Weber also chipped in seven digs.

Sanborn Central/Woonsocket advances to Thursday's championship game against Warner in Alexandria. Hanson plays Platte-Geddes on Thursday in Alexandria.

Platte-Geddes 2, Freeman Academy/Marion 1

ALEXANDRIA—Platte-Geddes won a deciding third set in the Early Bird tournament to top Freeman Academy/Marion on Tuesday. Set scores were 25-20, 22-25, 25-17.

Platte-Geddes (1-0): Haley Hoffman helped in all areas as she finished with 11 assists, five digs, five aces and three kills. Tori Weins led the way with 13 kills, while Courtney Neuman also added five aces. As a team, Platte-Geddes finished with 15 aces.

Freeman Academy/Marion (0-1): Mayson Preheim (26), Odalite Pankratz (22) and Josie Epp (20) all had at least 20 digs. Epp also added four aces, while Emily Heeg finished with three aces. Katelyn Johansen finished with a match-high 66 assists.

Platte-Geddes takes on Hanson on Thursday in Alexandria. Freeman Academy/Marion plays Avon in Alexandria on Thursday.

Hanson 2, Andes Central/Dakota Christian 0

ALEXANDRIA—Hanson took down Andes Central/Dakota Christian in straight sets in the first round of the Early Bird tournament on Tuesday. Set scores were 25-23, 25-18.

Hanson (1-0): Megan Guericke led the Beavers with six kills and seven digs. Jacy Waldera had a team highs of 16 assists and two aces.

AC/DC (0-1): Mackenzie Muckey paved the way with 20 digs and seven kills, while Brianna Deurmier led team with 12 assists. Tyra Medicine Horn and Muckey both had two aces.

Andes Central/Dakota Christian plays Gayville-Volin on Thursday in Alexandria.

Warner 2, Avon 0

ALEXANDRIA—Class B No. 2 Warner opened its season with a win over Avon in the first round of the Early Bird tournament on Tuesday. Set scores were 25-9 and 25-16.

Warner (1-0): Ashley Fischbach and Laurie Rogers led the team with nine kills a piece. Sydney Liedholt had a team-high 13 assists, while Laura Ochsner finished with 11 digs. Warner served seven aces, including two from Fischbach, Ochsner and Summer Scepaniak.

Avon (0-1): KaCee Zacharias led the team with five kills. Madisyn Cameron had seven assists, while Lauren Sees and Tori Schryvers both had 10 digs. Zacharias had the team's only two aces of the match.

Warner 2, Platte-Geddes 0

ALEXANDRIA—Warner advanced to the championship game of the Early Bird tournament with a two-set win over Platte-Geddes in the semifinals, 25-21, 25-17.

Warner (2-0): Rogers recorded a team-high 10 kills, while Fischbach had seven kills and seven digs and Peyton Fisher chipped in 16 assists and five digs. Leidholt also added eight digs, six assists and four kills.

Platte-Geddes (1-1): Sawyer Naasz registered 12 digs, while Ally Holter had five kills and Weins had four in the loss.

Warner plays Sanborn Central/Woonsocket in the championship game in Alexandria on Thursday. Platte-Geddes plays host Hanson in the consolation match in Alexandria on Thursday.

Winner 3, Bon Homme 0

TYNDALL—Winner started its season with a convincing win over Bon Homme on Tuesday. Set scores were 25-19, 25-12, 25-13.

Winner (1-0): Morgan Hammerbeck finished with team highs of 15 digs and 14 kills. Ellie Brozik had success as a server, racking up five aces. Mackenzie Levi finished with 17 assists.

Bon Homme (0-1): The Cavaliers had two aces. Emily Cap and Jenae Alberts had 20 and 11 digs, respectively. Alberts also added four kills, while Johanna Jelsma finished with 16 assists.

Winner plays at Miller on Thursday. Bon Homme plays Viborg-Hurley on Monday in Tyndall.

McCook Central/Montrose 3, Bridgewater-Emery 0

EMERY—Class A No. 4 McCook Central/Montrose began its 2018 campaign with a three-set sweep on the road against Bridgewater-Emery, 25-9, 25-20, 25-14.

McCook Central/Montrose (1-0): Emily Bies dished out a match-best 28 assists, while Kenna Kranz totaled nine kills and nine digs. Abigail VanRuler had six blocks and four kills and Morgan Erikson added 11 digs and five kills. Aleah Ries had a strong all-around performance with eight kills, six digs and five aces.

Bridgewater-Emery (0-1): Joslyn Schrank led the Huskies with 11 digs, while Kerrigan Schultz had seven assists and Katelyn Kotas added three kills in defeat.

McCook Central/Montrose is back in action on Saturday at the Parkston Tournament, while Bridgewater-Emery hosts Howard on Monday at Emery.

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