Prep Volleyball: Lady Trojans reach section finals with win over Nevis
By Mike Isola/Beyond the Bleachers – reprinted with permission
Pierz, Minn. (October 31)—Heidi Olson smashed a team-high 17 kills, dug up 26 digs and served up five aces to help No. 1 Sebeka knock off the defending Section 5A champion Nevis Tigers 3-1 in Thursday’s North Subsection title game in Pierz.
The third-seeded Tigers weren’t going to relinquish the crown easily as three of the four sets were decided by a combined eight points.
Sebeka took the first set 25-22, but Nevis regrouped to hand the Lady Trojans a 25-15 defeat in the second set. Both teams battled it out the rest of the match with Sebeka coming on top both times by thin margins, 25-22 and 25-23 to punch their ticket to Saturday’s section championship game.
Jordan Lillquist added 11 kills, six digs and a team-high four blocks for the Lady Trojans in the victory. Michaela Hesse collected nine kills while Elyse Helland came up with 10 digs and a pair of aces.
The Lady Trojans’ floor leader Madison Lake set up 23 set assists to go with her one kill, nine digs and one block. Alexis Rathcke contributed six digs and went 15-for-17 from the service line with two aces. Erin Lillquist had seven digs, two blocks and three set assists.
Sebeka (24-8) will face top-seeded and South Subsection champion Browerville in the Section 5A championship game at 7:00 p.m. Saturday in Bertha. Sebeka will seek to avenge their early season loss to Browerville, who defeated the Lady Trojans 3-1 (22-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-23) back on September 22.
North Subsection 5A Final
No. 1 Sebeka vs. No. 3 Nevis on October 30 (in Pierz)
Lady Trojans defeated the Tigers 3-1 (25-22, 15-25, 25-22, 25-23)
Kills—Madison Lake 1, Jordan Lillquist 11, Heidi Olson 17, Erin Lillquist 1, Michaela Hesse 9
Digs—Alexis Rathcke 6, Lake 9, Jordan Lillquist 6, Olson 26, Erin Lillquist 7, Elyse Helland 10, Courtney Huttunen 7
Serving—Rathcke 15-for-17 with 2 aces, Lake 13-for-14, Jordan Lillquist 12-for-14, Olson 17-for-19 with 5 aces, Erin Lillquist 8-for-11, Helland 10-for-13 with 2 aces
Blocks—Lake 1, Jordan Lillquist 4, Erin Lillquist 2, Hesse 1
Set Assists—Lake 23, Jordan Lillquist 1, Erin Lillquist 3, Hesse 1
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