The Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda Coyotes rallied from a two-games-to-none deficit to edge the host Worthington Trojans, 3-2, in both teams’ opening match of the high school volleyball season on Thursday night.
The Trojans came out on top 25-21 in the opening game, then went up two-zip by taking game two 25-20. The Coyotes, though, refused to pack it in, taking game three 25-15 and then winning game four 25-17.
Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda went up 10-7 in game five, but the Trojans scored four consecutive points to edge ahead 11-10. The Coyotes then had an opportunity to close out the match at 14-13, but the Trojans stayed alive. WHS had a chance to do the same when it went up 15-14, but Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda persevered and wound up with a 17-15 triumph to take the match.
Senior hitters Emma Rasche, Sophie King, Marissa Becker and Marenna Bang each had standout nights for the Coyotes, and senior setter Samantha Untiedt also sparked the big comeback.
For the Trojans, senior Madison Beckmann had a team-best 11 kills. Senior Janessa Hamann and junior Jayden Spartz had eight kills apiece, and junior Saige Scheepstra had six. Senior setter Addison Gerber passed for 25 assists and added four ace serves. Spartz also had three ace serves, while Scheepstra contributed seven blocks and Beckmann six blocks.
It was a big night for the Worthington Trojans soccer teams as both the boys and girls squads picked up one-sided victories over St. James/Windom/Madelia.
The WHS boys enjoyed a huge night offensively at Trojan Field and rolled to an 11-0 win. Jonathan Banegas ended up with five goals on the evening. Andy Guzman contributed a pair of goals while Danny Banegas, Hugo Garcia, Isaac Perez and Alan Tovar had one goal apiece.
In girls play, the Trojans began their year with a 6-2 triumph over St. James/Windom/Madelia on the road. Sayhra Talamentes had two goals in the match for Worthington. Scoring one each were Cristy Banegas, Madi Singler, Fatima Hernandez Agustin and Emily Soto.
The boys soccer team entertains New Prague at 4 p.m. Saturday at Trojan Field. The Trojan girls, meanwhile, will play at noon at Mankato Loyola.
In girls tennis Thursday, the Trojans were defeated 6-1 at New Ulm. Picking up the lone win for WHS was the No. 3 doubles tandem of Cassie Schultz and Angie Dailey, which earned a 7-5 5-7 10-7 victory.
In area high school volleyball action Thursday night, it was:
Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s 3, Mountain Lake Area-Comfrey 1
Canby 3, Murray County Central 0
Marshall 3, Willmar 0