|10/4/2012 9:53:00 AM|
Chisago Lakes takes fifth at Blaine Invite
By JEFF NORTON
St. Francis 3, Chisago Lakes 1 The Wildcats dropped their first North Suburban Conference game of the year when St. Francis bested them early last week. Chisago Lakes got off to an absolutely miserable start, losing the first set 25-8. They did rebound to win the second set 25-17 and it looked like it could be a long match for both teams. The pendulum ultimately swung, however, in the third set. The ‘Cats and Saints were just battling. Neither team could get the separation they both achieved in the first two sets and it was clear it was going down to the wire.
Despite some big kills from Sydney Powell, Bryanna Fernstrom and Tori Kildow, St. Francis had North Suburban heavy hitter Maggie Ewen on their team. As the set wound down, St. Francis grabbed the late lead and eventually held Chisago Lakes off for a close 26-24 victory. In the fourth set, St. Francis then made easy work of Chisago Lakes, winning 25-16. “If we had been able to win game three, it would have been a totally different match,” Head Coach Ashley Jamros said after the defeat. “We played well at times, but St. Francis just played really well the entire match.” Powell led the Wildcats with 12 kills and Powell and Fernstrom added five each. Blaine Tournament Roseville 2, Chisago Lakes 0 The Wildcats took on big school Roseville in the opening round of their pool play at the Blaine Tournament. The Raiders were just too much for the Wildcats and forced them into uncharacteristic errors throughout the whole match. Roseville swept the best of three match 2-0 by scores of 25-15, 25-13. The Raiders were one of the favorites to do well in the tournament, coming in with a 7-2 record. Chisago Lakes 2, Tartan 1 The ‘Cats rebounded for a big win over the Tartan Titans in pool play. Chisago won the first set 25-21 and set the tone early. In only a best-of-three match, winning the first set was huge. But, Tartan battled back and didn’t flinch down a set. The Titans bested Chisago Lakes in the second set 25-22, leaving the two teams to duel in the third set.
The Wildcats got out to an early lead, and when the score only goes up to 15, that usually spells trouble for the team losing. The Wildcats were able to cruise to the third set win 15-8, evening their record at 1-1 in pool play. Delano 2, Chisago Lakes 0 The Tigers, who were 11-4 heading into the tournament, were able to nudge by the Wildcats 25-19, 25-20. “We played very well against Delano, but couldn’t get it done,” Jamros said. The Tigers ended up finishing in third place in the tournament, beating North St. Paul out of pool play. Chisago Lakes 2, Concordia Academy 0 In the fifth place game, the Wildcats rebounded for a nice win over the Beacons.
The Wildcats took an early lead in both sets and although Concordia drew close in the first one, the result was never much in doubt for Chisago. The Wildcats won 25-19, 25-15 to take fifth place in the tournament. “Our passing and defense really was on against Concordia,” Jamros explained. “We just played really well against them.” Roseville ended up finishing in second place to host Blaine, ranked third in the state.