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VIEW TO A KILL — Martin West County’s Emily Anderson (9) rises before killing Cleveland defenders Maya Lassiter (12) and Greta Hahn (3) during Valley Conference volleyball action on Thursday evening at Trimont. The Clippers then swept the game in three games. (Photo by Greg Abel)

TRIMONT — The Martin County West Mavericks volleyball team took on the Valley Conference’s top team, the Cleveland Cippers, Thursday in Trimont.

Despite a huge defensive effort, the Mavericks were on the losing side, 25-16, 26-24, 25-15.

“Realizing that we were right there, but we have a bit of a way to go to get to where we want to be,” said MCW head coach Kayla Zehms. “We played very well defensively tonight. Cleveland is a good team and we were there for the first two games.

“Getting into our attack was key tonight and controlling the tempo was huge,” Cleveland head coach Dave Nixon said.

The Clippers’ Harley Connor had a team-high 13 kills, followed by Alexis Waldron with eight and Greta Hahn led the team with 29 assists.

“Our setter (Hahn) did a great job tonight,” said Nixon. “She helped us control that rhythm.”

On defense, Emma Sweere led the Clippers with 20 digs.

The Mavericks duo of Lucy Larson and Emily Anderson each finished with eight kills and Grace Bicknase had 24 assists.

Defensively for the Mavericks, Anderson had 13 digs and a solo block.

Game 1 was close until Waldron served five straight points to give Cleveland a 16-10 lead. During the run, Connor tipped a point home and Sarena Remiger made the kill.

Hahn served the final point to lift Cleveland to victory.

Game 2 was the most competitive.

The gym was noisy as each team took turns at the top of their game.

Zehms watched his Mavericks play spectacular defense, while Larson and Anderson launched their offense.

Anderson and Aspen Kosbab were the game’s defensive scorers. The two collected digs with one hand on the ground, saving a possible Clipper kill.

Larson’s kill and tip gave the Mavericks points Nos. 23 and 24, putting the home team close to tying the game at one win apiece, but they couldn’t get the winning run because the Clippers were able to score the final five points to win 26-24.

“We were right there, but we didn’t get the last point,” said Zehms.

The Mavericks fell behind early in Game 3 and never mounted a threat. Hahn of the Clippers controlled the offense and helped his team to victory on the conference road.

MCW (5-10) hosts Nicollet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Trimont, while the Clippers (9-3) play in a two-day tournament at the Midwest Volleyball Warehouse at 4:30 p.m. today and 9 a.m. Saturday in Burnsville.

St. Clair 3, Truman/Martin Luther/GHEC 0 – The Cyclones outlasted the Jaguars in a pair of significantly overtime games to win a 25-17, 33-31, 28-26 Valley Conference sweep Thursday night at St. Clair .

Johnnie Zaharia had a team-best 15 digs and had four aces behind 17 in 19 serving to pace the Jaguars effort.

Ella Nagorske dished out 17 assists and had nine opposing points for the purple and black, while teammate Hayley Stensland dished out 21 assists and recorded three blocks.

Brianna Petrowiak threw an ace on a 14-for-18 serve for the Jaguars, while Gracie Zaharia hit three blocks.

The Jaguars (2-8) participate in the United South Central Invitational at 9 a.m. Saturday in Wells.

St. James Area 3, Fairmont 2 — The Saints rallied for a 25-20, 22-25, 22-25, 25-14, 15-11 comeback win over the Cardinals in Big League action South Conference Thursday night in St. James.

Brylee Miller hit 12 kills, had 23 digs and threw four aces for 13 on 15 serves to outscore Fairmont’s effort.

Kynlie Anderson also had four aces behind a 23-for-23 serve and dished out 14 assists for the Cardinals, while teammate Grace Pendergast dished out 14 assists, had 11 digs and made 11 of 14 serves.

Jazlyn Geerdes had 14 kills and four digs for Fairmont, Chantel Moeller completed 21 of 23 serves for three aces to go with five digs, while Ellie Ortega provided four kills and nine digs.

Olivia Ortega had eight digs and had an ace on a 7-for-9 serve, Corene Moeller had four kills, while Bre Steuber added three kills.

Fairmont (2-10) hosts Waseca on Tuesday night.

St. Peter 3, Blue Earth Area 0 — The hometown Saints beat the Bucs, 26-24, 25-6, 25-22, in Thursday night’s Big South Conference game in St. Peter.

Katherine Armon had 11 digs, had four kills and was 6 of 7 on serve for BEA, while Alicia Machacek and Kylee Eckmann had eight kills each. Machacek also scored three blocks.

Eloise Blair had a team-high 21 digs and served four points via an 8-of-9 effort, while Haley Kalis dished out nine assists and was 9-of-10 on serve with four points.

Taylor Klabunde contributed 10 digs and a 7-for-9 service effort for the Bucs, Hailey Becker provided four kills and four assists, while Rylan Storbeck added five assists.

Blue Earth Area (2-5) participates in the United South Central Invite at 9 a.m. Saturday in Wells.

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