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TOWER CITY â€” As the season has progressed for the Valley City High School volleyball team, sophomore Clarissa Olson has found herself in a variety of spots on the court.
But she's making the most of it, coming up with key kills up front but also getting crucial digs to help out defensively.
"She is coming around so much," Valley City coach Katy Van Dyke said. "She's young and she's been told what she needs to do. ... She soaks up that information and she uses it, then goes out there and does it."
In Tuesday's 25-22, 25-16, 25-23 win at Maple Valley, Olson was among the numerous Valley City players that worked in a strong team effort to help get past the Raiders in a close match.
Olson led the Hi-Liners with 20 digs and had a handful of kills.
It was a match that had its close moments, and towards the end had fans hanging on every call, but also started with some slight panic for the home team.
With two minutes left in the warmups, Maple Valley starting hitter Katie Pautz suffered what coach Jessica Theurer said was a sprained ankle, forcing the Raiders to make some last-minute changes to the rotation.
"She was dearly missed and the other girls stepped up and were able to fill her spot but when when you aren't used to playing by somebody, it's tough," Theurer said. "The girls fought hard once they got used to it."
The two teams played close early but Valley City broke away on timely kills from Olson, Dierra Diegel and Mariah Olstad. Combined with hitting and serving struggles from the Raiders, the Hi-Liners went up 14-8 and largely maintained the lead, getting it as high as 23-16.
It wasn't until late in the set that Maple Valley got a good run, scoring three points to narrow it to 23-19. After a serve into the net made it game point for Valley City, the Raiders scored three more points before Danica Diegel got the game winner.
The teams traded points early in the second set, with Valley City edging out 12-11 lead.
The Hi-Liners then scored 12 of the next 15 points, which included multiple kills by Olson, an ace, and a few hitting and passing struggles on Maple Valley's part, to make it 24-14. After Maple Valley scored two points, Valley City put it away on a serving error.
Maple Valley eventually founds its offensive rhythm in the final set, jumping out to a 6-0 lead, which it eventually got up to 12-5 on points from Rylee Nudell, Cassie Pautz and Katelyn Pueppke.
Valley City had a run back that narrowed Maple Valley's lead to 15-14. The Raiders then extended the lead with key play from Nudell and Megan Kasowski, who provided key late points.
Valley City stayed close, and had points from Olstad and Jasmine Stevens to tie it at 23.Then then scored the final two points to end it.
Olstad led Valley City with seven kills and three aces. Kohler and Jessica Denholm both had 10 assists.
CP 3, BCN 0
Barnes County North kept it close but lost 25-21, 25-16, 25-18 to Central Prairie Tuesday in Rogers.
Samantha Wield led the Bison with eight kills and Jayda Haugen had nine assists and four aces.
Noelle Moser led Central Prairie with four aces and 11 assists.
PBK 3, LMM 1
Litchville-Marion/Montpelier lost 3-1 in a road match with Pingree-Buchanan/Kensal.
The Rebels lost 25-7, 20-25, 25-10, 25-16.
Tanys Ulmer had 15 digs, 2 aces, 2 blocks and five kills, which led her team in all of those categories. Heather Graalum also had 2 aces.