The girls tennis team picked up its first conference win of the season on September 11 by defeating TCU 5-2. Last year the team lost by the same score. Lauren Jones, Lily Schwen, Ellie Harrison, and Julia McIntosh each won their singles matches as did the doubles duo of Hannah and Greta Schwarz. On September 13, the team faced a strong USC team on their home courts. Lauren Jones earned the lone victory in a long battle at #1 singles. Despite the 6-1 loss, the team competed well. On Friday, the team played two matches in Hutchinson. They earned a 6-1 victory over Glencoe. Last year, Glencoe won 5-2. Lauren Jones, Lily Schwen, Ellie Harrison, and Sophie Strelnieks earned singles victories while Makenna Vick and Katie Woodward picked up a win at #3 doubles. A strong Hutchinson team won 6-1 with Lauren Jones earning a victory at #1 singles.
On Tuesday September 11, the B squad played against TCU at home. While they only played four matches, they were able to win three out of four despite the windy conditions. On Wednesday, the B and C Squads joined forces to play against Chanhassen’s C team. The girls were able to get a lot of match experience against a good team. A few seniors on the team were able to pull out wins! On Friday, our B squad traveled to Glencoe to play in an Invitational against Hutchinson and Glencoe-Silver Lake. The girls competed well against both teams in hot conditions. They lost to Glencoe-Silver Lake 3-5 and Hutchinson 1-7. However, most matches were very close in score against Glencoe-Silver Lake, and players new to tennis were able to walk away with wins!
Varsity Girls Soccer
The varsity and junior varsity girls soccer teams played a combined six very hard-fought games this past week. Highlights include a varsity tie against Jordan and the week being culminated with Super Soccer Saturday against Mound Westonka. Both squads Saturday played excellent matches in the sunny, 95-degree heat. Senior parents and players of both teams were recognized at halftime of the varsity game. The upcoming week will be very busy with a total of eight matches being played by the two teams against very challenging competition.
JV Girls Soccer
On September 11, the junior varsity girls soccer team lost 9-1 against Metro United’s varsity team. Senior Abbie Glenn scored with three seconds left in the game and the girls felt like that was a win for them! Freshman Samantha Anderson played in net for the first time and she had a strong performance. It was a tough game, but the girls did well for playing against a varsity team.
On September 13, the girls lost 5-1 to Jordan. Freshman Saylor Bjelland scored a nice goal from about 25 yards out with a few minutes to go in the second half. The girls worked hard and didn’t give up the entire game.
On Super Soccer Saturday, the junior varsity girls fell to Mound Westonka 2-1. Sophie Hotchkiss scored a goal less than a minute into the second half. Samantha Anderson had some amazing saves in net to keep the score close. The girls worked very hard, and played their best game of the season so far.
Varsity Boys Soccer
Four games in five days, 90-degree heat, and tough competition led to two wins, two loses and a 5-2 overall record at the halfway point of the season. In a 4-0 victory over Mayer Lutheran, Max Steensland and Josiah Colman recorded two goals each, with assists going to Jackson Olimb, Keegan Mellema, and two to David Brain. Holy Family turned the tables on the Stars with a 4-0 loss the following day. The Stars traveled to Jordan the next day for a 6-0 victory. Goals were scored by Sam Hoyord and Jon Brain. Colman (two), Mellema and Steensland accounted for the other tallies. On Super Soccer Saturday, the Stars fell to Mound Westonka 2-1 in a tight battle. With the Stars down 2-0 early, Mellema found Colman on a perfect through ball to put the Stars on the scoreboard. Bergan Rosdahl recorded two shutouts and Josiah Colman is second in the state with 15 goals this season.
JV Boys Soccer
Junior varsity kicked off the “home” week on Monday with a 1-0 favor victory over Bethany Academy. On Tuesday, the Stars played hard against Mayer Lutheran but fell 1-0 with a couple of brilliant attacking plays that were nullified by controversial offsides calls. Junior varsity boys lost to Holy Family on Wednesday, but on Thursday, the junior varsity team bounced back in their game at Jordan. Anderson and Braedon scored excellent goals with Day adding two more. At Super Soccer Saturday, the boys had five well-deserved goals off a variety of chances which earned their third shutout of the season.
C Boys Soccer
The freshman C team came out victorious over Mound Westonka with a 1-0 win at Super Soccer Saturday. Adam Tebbs made his effective debut out of net playing center mid giving the team many chances. Hot weather made it a grudge match of will but the stars determination to keep pace with a high-level opponent willed us to victory.
The varsity volleyball team notched a pair of wins last week against Holy Family and Tri-City United. On Tuesday, the girls were too strong for Holy Family and won a quick 3-0 sweep. Capitalizing on strong starts in each set, they were able to close out the Fire with scores of 25-12, 25-15, 25-13. Senior Brenna Krommendyk led the way offensively with 12 kills on 17 attempts, while senior Nicole Niebuhr dished out 24 assists. The team also registered 15 ace serves for the evening, led by senior Hannah Beatty with four, while Marissa Agrimson (junior) and Felicia Luther (sophomore) each had three. On Thursday, the Stars hosted conference foe Tri-City United. They improved to 2-0 in conference play with a 25-12, 25-12, 25-17 victory. Krommendyk was again dominant at the net with 11 kills in 15 swings, while juniors Madeleine Lemkuil and Mackenzie Close chipped in 14 and 10 kills, respectively. Niebuhr distributed 31 assists, while Beatty picked up 20 digs. This week, the Stars travel to Holy Angels in Richfield on Monday for a non-conference match, before hosting Belle Plaine on Tuesday in a Minnesota River Conference showdown between two of class AA’s top-10 ranked teams (#6 SWCHS, #8 BP). On Friday and Saturday, the team hosts an invitational at the Midwest Volleyball Warehouse in Burnsville including 32 of Minnesota’s top teams from around the state.
The 9th grade volleyball team added two more wins to their record this past week defeating Holy Family 25-6, 25-3 on Tuesday and DeLaSalle 25-9, 25-9 on Thursday. Strong serving runs by several players on the team lead to last week’s quick victories.
The varsity volleyball team kicked off their first year of Minnesota River Conference play with a victory over Sibley East. Game scores were 25-16, 25-18, 25-19. Senior Brenna Krommendyk led the charge with 14 kills and five blocks, while junior Madeleine Lemkuil chipped in seven kills and an ace. Junior Liz Lagerstrom dominated from the serving line with six aces, and senior Hannah Beatty paced the defense with 15 digs.
The B and C team volleyball teams defeated Sibley East on Thursday. The B team won the Southwest Christian JV tournament beating Mound-Westonka, Waterville-Mayer, and Providence in pool play. They beat Glencoe Silver Lake and Jordan in bracket play.
The freshmen team defeated Mound-Westonka this past Thursday 25-16, 21-25, 15-7. On Saturday, they played in the Lakeville South 9B Tournament with wins over Eden Prairie (22-25, 25-13, 15-13) and Blaine (25-15, 25-8). Olivia Wight served 12 straight points at the start of set two against Blaine. They finished 4th in the tournament with afternoon losses in the Gold bracket to Lakeville North (25-10, 25-14) and Minneapolis Southwest (27-25, 17-25, 16-14).
The girls soccer teams completed their first full week of competition with four strong efforts by the varsity and junior varsity. The JV played a strong Watertown Mayer team eventually losing 4-0. There were strong performances from Claire Carlson on defense and Anika Fasold on offense. Southwest had 12 shots, but Watertown’s keeper was able to stop them all. Ally Terpstra tallied 6 saves for the Stars.
Varsity had three games including shutout wins of 7-0 over Mayer Lutheran and 6-0 over Legacy. The last game of the week was an extremely close match that resulted in a 2-1 loss. This coming week both the varsity and junior varsity each have three contests.
This coming Saturday, September 15 is our very special Super Soccer Saturday which is a day when every girls and boys soccer team at SWC plays back-to-back games. It is going to be a terrific day and we hope to pack the field with family, friends, fans students and alumni. We hope to see you at the games!
On Friday September 7, the JV tennis team played against Chanhassen at Chanhassen High School. It was a perfect evening for tennis! Overall, Southwest Christian lost 1-8. However, there were many positives to be taken from the match! Ellie Vietzen, at number one singles, was the last one on court, and she battled back to win her match in a third set tiebreaker with the final score being 2-6, 7-5, 10-8. Seniors Anna Savitt and Rachel Villas demonstrated a lot of perseverance when they forced Chanhassen to a close third set tiebreak after losing the first set. As always, all the girls displayed positivity throughout the match which represented Southwest Christian well!
Varsity boys soccer improved their record to 3-0 with victories over New Life Academy 2-1 and Central Minnesota Christian 8-0. Leading the way for the Stars where captains Josiah Colman with six goals and two assists, Keegan Mellema with one goal and three assists, and David Brain with four assists. Max Steensland added two goals and Ezra Kettersmith hit a beautiful direct free kick from 30 yards out off the crossbar and in. Bergan Rosdahl lowered his goals against average to 0.66 for the season.
JV boys soccer kicked off back-to-back games with a trip to Bethany Academy on Thursday. Both defenses held strong until JV conceded off a long, through-ball in the air with less than two minutes to play. The Stars couldn’t convert afterwards, and the game finished 1-0. On Friday, JV traveled to New Life in Woodbury and looked like a completely different team. They passed well, moved the ball out wide, attacked up the sides, and swung the ball into the box. Several through-balls and dribbles up the middle also worked out, all combining for five goals in a 5-0 victory.
The freshmen C team took on the much bigger and older JV team of Central Minnesota Christian and won 1-0, Wyatt Schindeldecker netted the winner in the 61st minute assisted by center mid Jack Boike, who bossed the middle of the field. In the back, Caden Paschke and Preston Keskey shut down the attack and moved the ball quickly keeping the other team on the chase. Keeper Adam Tebbs netted the clean sheet, even through a final barrage of shots on net in the final 10 minutes. The stars were faster and out hustled their opponent to gain the victory.