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Local Sports

Baxter volleyball sweeps GMG in conference play

BAXTER — The Baxter volleyball team overcame a sluggish start and fought off an improving GMG squad during Iowa Star Conference South Division play on Tuesday night.

Senior Jordynn Wesselink had 21 kills and 18 digs and sophomore Amber Weltha finished with 15 kills as the Bolts ended the Wolverines’ three-match win streak with a 25-23, 27-25, 25-12 home win.

“We played very well against a team which is improving,” Baxter coach Scott Ranck said.

“We started out a little sluggish but got it rolling when we needed to. Give credit to our girls for stepping up their play.”

The Bolts held off a late GMG (7-13 overall, 2-2 in conference play) rally to win the opening set.

Baxter (7-6, 3-1) fell behind 7-2 in the second set but rallied to take the lead. GMG regained the lead at 24-22.

With the match tied at 25-all, Wesselink powered through a pair of kills to put the Bolts up 2-0 in the match.

Baxter dominated the third set.

Wesselink had nine of her 21 kills in the final set. She had a .455 hitting efficiency on the night. She finished with a pair of assists and was 11-of-14 in serves.

Weltha had a .343 hitting efficiency while collecting her 15 kills and she also had three blocks.

Junior Sydney Schmidt finished with 34 assists, nine digs and four aces, senior Sailor Hinegardner tallied 14 digs and two aces and senior Lexi Ewing finished with six digs.

Baxter missed on 12 serves but countered that with eight aces.

Senior Mary Schabilion was 14-of-15 in serves, and Hinegardner and Ewing were both 11-of-12.

Baxter plays its third straight home match against Colo-NESCO at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

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