Schwartz, Angeli lead Hill-Murray to shutout win over Tartan

In didn't take long for the visiting Hill-Murray High School volleyball players to establish that they didn't regard the supposed "home-court advantage" as an obstacle in their match with the Tartan Titans Tuesday, Oct. 6.

The Pioneers, who are unbeaten in Metro East Conference action, scored the first points and quickly established a 13-3 lead, winning game one, 25-16.

In game two the Titans were more aggressive. The score was tied on four occasions, before the Pioneers sent Claire Westby to the service line. Westby, with the help of her mates, recorded seven points in a row.

With the Pioneers leading 21-16, Ellie Schwartz moved to the line. She nailed three consecutive ace serves, and then Hannah Angeli killed another to move Hill-Murray to a 25-16,  second-game win.

In game three the Pioneers broke away from a 4-4 tie and stiffened their defense as they began to score points in bunches. They closed out the Titans at 25-12 to gain the match win, 3-0.

After the contest, Tartan coach Josh Mattison discussed the Hill-Murray defense. "The Pioneers are undefeated in the conference. It shows why in how the defend and how they hit so well.

"Overall, Hill-Murray has some experienced players like Schwartz and Angeli, who are difficult to defend. They hit so well and play so well on defense; they're just hard to handle.

"We're still playing pretty inconsistent yet this year. We're starting to come around. We played really well against Mahtomedi the other day when we won that one in five [games]. So, we're starting to show some spark. We will just keep working and see how it goes."

Hill-Murray coach Tim Walen agreed with Mattison. "Yeah, we played defense well enough, but I didn't feel either team had as clean a game as they would have liked. But it came out well in the end for us.

"We had a lot of unforced errors on our side of the net. [Tartan] is a team of tenacious defenders so we knew we had to match that and be aggressive on defense. We also knew we had to attack hard.

"I thought we did a good job at eliminating their opportunities. So that's a good thing. They are young. That's what young teams do. If you can allow them to score only two or three points in a row, we can get by on that. We were able to shut them down for the most part.

"It worked out OK for us, and that was important. It's a win, and we'll take it," Walen said.

For the Titans, the available statistics showed Alexandra Lyle with nine kills. For assists, Alana St. Cyr and Jessie Bradshaw were each credited with eight.

Hill-Murray was led by Schwartz with 13 kills, and Angeli and Westby had eight apiece.

Angeli added 25 assists, along with 11 digs. Alina Gartner also had eight assists.

In digs Haley LaValle had 11, Westby seven and Schwartz added six.

In ace serves, Schwartz led the Pioneers with six, while Jill

Forrest had four, and Angeli had three and Westby added one.

The two teams will face each other again at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at Hill-Murray.

Wally Wakefield can be reached at or at 651-748-7826.



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