BLAIRSBURG - Quick on the inside and powerful on the outside, the Northeast Hamilton volleyball team made quick work of Corwith-Wesley-Luverne in the regular season finale for both teams here last night.
And it only added to the Trojets' enthusiasm as they get ready to dive headfirst into the postseason.
All six attackers punished CWL with at least three kills and Northeast Hamilton improved to 9-16 with a 3-0 sweep, 25-13, 25-14, 25-12.
DFJ photo by Tracy Runneberg
NEH senior Jennifer Jeffers (8) goes up for a block against CWL last night in Blairsburg. Jeffers and Trojets earned a 3-0 sweep over the Panthers on the final night of the regular season.
"A lot of things looked crisp coming off a week with no matches," NEH head coach Kacey Pruismann said. "But everybody got some good swings, so that was good to see."
The Trojets piled up 31 kills - a season high in a three-set match - led by seniors Molly Greenfield (seven), Sarah Elm (six) and Jennifer Jeffers (five) in their final home match.
Pruismann opted to go with quick sets in the middle of the floor against the flat-footed Panthers (1-24), and the move paid off. NEH was able to roll up easy points and it made for a long night for CWL.
Kills - NEH: Molly Greenfield 7, Sarah Elm 6, Jennifer Jeffers 5, Kaylee Massman 3, Taylor Olson 5, Andi Anderson 5.
Blocks - NEH: Greenfield 1, Jeffers 1.
Digs - NEH: Greenfield 2, Elm 7, Jeffers 8, Massman 6, Olson 3, Jaidyn Timm 3, Anderson 9.
Assists - NEH: Greenfield 9, Elm 16, Olson 2.
Serving - NEH: Greenfield 10-10; Elm 13-13, 2 aces; Jeffers 6-8, 1 ace; Massman 7-8; Timm 8-11, 3 aces; Anderson 21-21, 1 ace.
"It was nice to add a different look to our offense and we will use that (in the postseason)," Pruismann said. "It seemed to keep our offense more well-rounded."
Andi Anderson and Taylor Olson both chipped in five kills, and Kaylee Massman checked in with three.
Elm (16) and Greenfield (nine) doled out 25 of the team's 27 assists.
Anderson led the Trojets defensively with nine digs, one more than Jeffers. Elm had seven and Massman collected six.
NEH finished with seven service aces, keyed by the three from Jaidyn Timm.
The Trojets will now spend the next few days preparing for Tuesday's Class 1A Region 5 first-round match against Mason City Newman (6-21) on Newman's home floor. The match will begin at 7 p.m.
"I think it's a good team for us to play right away because I think they're going to be a lot like us," Pruismann said. "They beat Clarksville and we didn't, but I think we're feeling good. If we can continue to play quickly on defense and keep hammering away at net, I think we'll be fine."