|10/3/2019 3:29:00 PM|
Vikes on the cusp of M8C title; showdown with Monti next up
The North Branch volleyball team cruised through two more conference wins last week, leaving them at 7-0 with just one Mississippi 8 Conference match left.
The only problem is that it’s against second place Monticello, who is 5-1 in the M8C currently and 14-5 overall. If the Vikings win that, they’ll wrap up their first ever conference title in the Mississippi 8. Despite winning the state title last year, they were beaten by St. Michael-Albertville, so it’d be just another trophy to add to the case for this squad.
North Branch 3, Princeton 0
North Branch 3, Becker 0
The Vikings got to this point with two easy conference wins last week. They traveled to Princeton on tuesday, September 24 and pounded the Tigers.
North Branch won 25-12, 25-16 and 25-13.
The Becker game on Thursday, September 26 was much the same. The Vikings swept 25-14, 25-11 and 25-17.
Cianna Selbitschka had 36 kills and 20 digs between the two matches. Reagan Irons had 11 kills and Paige Sheehan had 63 assists, eight kills, 20 digs and 10 blocks combined.
Rochester Century Tournament
North Branch took a trip down south to the Rochester Century Tournament on Saturday, September 28 and came away with the championship win. They beat Tartan, Mankato East, Austin and the host school.
North Branch took it to Tartan and East to open up the tourney. They blasted the Titans 25-19 and 25-9. East didn’t provide much resistance either, with the Lady Vikes winning 25-11, 25-10.
They got their first challenge of the day when Austin pushed the first set in the match to extra points, but North Branch held on to win 26-24. They finished the win with a bang though, beating Austin 25-7 in the second set.
In the finals, Century opened with a win over NB 25-16. Luckily for the Vikings, they didn’t panic. They stayed calm and stuck to their gameplan that had gotten them to 16-1 on the year so far, and they fought back. They won 26-24 in a thrilling second set that saw them facing defeat at times before finishing the come back with a 15-6 win in the third set.
Up and down the lineup, the girls had a great tournament. Selbitschka paced the offense with 41 kills, 38 digs, 10 aces and three blocks. Reagan Irons had 19 kills, five blocks and two aces. Paige Peaslee had 18 kills and five blocks. Paige Sheehan added 87 assists, 15 kills, 17 digs, three blocks and four aces. Macy Brodin settled into a nice defensive role with 37 digs, seven aces and seven assists. Haley Hadrava had 10 kills, eight digs and five aces, and Kylie Kline had 16 digs, two aces and three assists.