North Star netters sweep Minto; Midkota stops Maddock in four

Ray Maloney, Sports

MINTO, N.D. — Perfection came ever so close to being achieved Thursday as North Star improved to 5-2 on the season with a three-set sweep of Minto in Class B volleyball action.

At least in one respect.

The Bearcats were successful on 96 percent of their serves en route to a 25-15, 25-6 25-12 win over the Rockets.

“This match was won with serving,” North Star coach Lauren Ressler said. “(Minto) had a tough time serve receiving our serves and it was great to see such a high percentage.”

Kelsey Teubner provided plenty of those successes. She tallied 10 service aces on the night, while Kayla Haugen added four.

Torie McTaggart finished with a team-high 12 kills on the night, while Caitlin Holien and Michelle Holien chipped in with eight and seven, respectively.

North Star     25     25     25

Minto            15      6      12

North Star Statistics

Kills – Torie McTaggart 12, Caitlin Holien 8, Michelle Holien 7. Blocks – M. Holien 2. Assists – Brittney Held 23. Aces – Kelsey Teubner 10, Kayla Haugen 4. Digs – C. Holien 5, McTaggart 4, Teubner 4.

Midkota 3, Maddock 1

GLENFIELD, N.D. — After notching a 25-21 win over Midkota in the first set it seemed things were going the way of Maddock.

That idea was short-lived.

Midkota came back with an incredible 25-3 win in the second set and went on to win the next two sets to earn a victory over the Bobcats on Thursday.

Midkota won 21-25, 25-3, 25-21, 25-16.

Katelynn Engh and Sara Schwanke each had seven kills to lead the Bobcats.

Maddock     25      3      21     16

Midkota         21     25     25      25

Maddock Statistics

Kills – Katelynn Engh 7, Sara Schwanke 7. Blocks – Janna Rice 4, Schwanke 2. Assists – Schwanke 8, Engh 5. Aces – Courtney Hestdalen 4, Schwanke 2.