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Published 4:04 am Friday, September 20, 2013

A.L. volleyball sweeps RJM

The Albert Lea volleyball team took down Rochester John Marshall 3-0 on Thursday.

Game scores were 25-20, 25-18 and 25-20.

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Julia Deyak led the Tigers with nine kills and four ace serves, and Kassi Hardies led Albert Lea at the net by posting a .625 hitting efficiency.

“Kassi had a phenomenal night,” Albert Lea head coach Lisa Deyak said.

Being homecoming week, the match was the Tigers only outing of the week.

Albert Lea improves to 8-3 on the season. The Tigers only need four more wins to eclipse last year’s total.

Next, Albert Lea will host Rochester John Marshall at 7:15 p.m. Thursday.


Tigers overcome adversity to win

Despite being outshot by Rochester Mayo 30-14 Thursday and losing four players to injury, the Albert Lea girls’ soccer team found a way to win 3-2.

“Essentially, I had to give our players the ‘Reader’s Digest’ version of alternative tactics at halftime,” Albert Lea head coach Rick Barnhill said. “We kept the integrity and shape of our system, but we designed different roles.”

The Tigers (8-3) pushed their winning streak to five games, which is the longest since Albert Lea reeled off five straight wins during the 2009-10 season.

Mackenzie Waldemar, Becca Dup and Megan Kortan scored the Tigers’ goals, and Megan Stark, Holly Wichmann, Kortan and Grace Gjersvik were credited with assists.


Albert Lea ties Rochester Mayo

The Albert Lea boys’ soccer team tied Rochester Mayo 2-2 Thursday on the road.

Albert Lea head coach Joe Squires said Rochester Mayo (6-3-2) is a tough opponent every year.

The Tigers’ goals were scored by Alejandro Garcia and Tim Furland.

Next, the Tigers (4-6-1) will host Mankato West (7-3) at 7 p.m. Tuesday.


Oakland takes down Twins

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Minnesota Twins rallied back, only to be done in by the long ball.

The Athletics defeated the Twins 8-6 in a back-and-forth victory on Thursday night.