JACKSON - Jackson County Central breezed past New Ulm 25-10, 25-20, 25-11 in Section 3AA, South Subsection volleyball playoff action Friday.
The top-seeded Huskies wasted no time jumping out to a big lead in the first set, grabbing a 4-1 lead on an Eagles hitting error. JCC later went up 9-1, but Alley Grejtak's tip cut the deficit to 9-2.
Kaylee Burmeister had a big match for the Huskies and she pounded a kill to give her team a 20-9 lead. The Huskies got another kill from Burmeister and they won the first set easily.
The Huskies jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second set, but New Ulm rallied to tie it after Grejtak's kill tied it at 8-8.
The Huskies regained the edge later in the set, taking an 11-8 lead, but Lizzie Rummel's kill made it 11-9 and later an ace serve by the Eagles tied it a 13-13.
But the Huskies went on a 4-1 run, highlighted by a kill from Sydney Donnelli that gave them a 17-14 lead, prompting a timeout by New Ulm.
That timeout let to three straight points by the Eagles, tying the set at 17-17. New Ulm eventually took a 19-18 lead after a JCC player was called for going into the net, but the Huskies re-grouped and went up 21-19 after a New Ulm hitting error and a JCC kill.
The Huskies eventually held on for the 25-20 win.
New Ulm trailed 5-1 in the third set but cut the deficit to 6-5. The Huskies re-took the lead at 12-5 but had problems putting the Eagles away as New Ulm managed to cut away at the deficit again.
But New Ulm wasn't able to get as close as it did in the second set and trailed 17-9 after a New Ulm player was called for a net violation.
JCC closed the door and the match, 25-11 in the third set.
JCC was led by Donnelli and Burmeister's nine kills and Katie Forst led New Ulm with five kills.
New Ulm finished the season at 3-23-1 while the Huskies improved to 22-5.