Houston volleyball started the year 1-9. Picking up two more wins, over Fillmore County teams, they ran their streak to three. For only the second time in ten years, the ‘Canes beat R-P (26-24, 14-25, 26-24, 26-24). Ariel Scanlan (20 assists, 20-20 serving), Amber Chapel (10 kills, 3 blocks), and Becca Lee (5 kills) led the way. Scanlan’s older twin sisters Bailey and Brandy were parts of the other recent win (2014). The Trojans were led by Lauren Lawston (14 kills, 17 digs), Kensay Clobes (9 kills, 27 digs), Olivia Hoff (31 digs), and Jaelyn Connaughty (21-21 serving, 6 aces, 17 assists). Houston then trekked to Lanesboro, whose only win at the time came over the ‘Canes (Cotter Invite). Houston started game one 6-0. Lanesboro got to even at 9-9. Team double-H pulled away for the 25-15 win. Game two saw Houston lead 15-10, only for the Burros to get to even at 18. Senior Joelie Schreiber then tallied two blocks, a kill, and an ace over Lanesboro’s final five points. The Burros grabbed a 25-22 win. Game three was tied 21-21. Tessa Peterson’s kill closed the game in favor of the Hurricanes (25-23). Game four was close early. Scanlan served seven straight points to give Houston a 16-9 lead. They prevailed 25-18, taking the match 3-1 (25-15, 22-25, 25-23, 25-18). Scanlan, a junior setter, led the way (5 kills, 27 assists, 16 digs, 9 aces). Alyssa Rostad (13 kills, 11 digs), Chapel (12 kills, 3 blocks), Marissa Kennedy (5 kills, 12 digs), and Lee (7 kills, 10 digs) made it a group effort. The ‘Canes are 2-6, 4-9. Schreiber (19 kills, 12 assists, 12 digs, 6 blocks), Peighton Prestemon (18 digs, 3 aces), Lexie Johnson (15 digs), and Audrey Ochrup-Dekeyrel (10 kills) led Lanesboro.
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