Milaca wins GRC volleyball opener

Milaca opened its Granite Ridge Conference season by topping Becker 3-0 at Becker Thursday, Sept. 6.

The Wolves won the first game 25-21, then followed with 25-22 and 25-10 wins.

“Milaca didn’t win any conference matches last year, so this was a great way to start out this season,” said first-year coach Jamie Taylor. “The players were focused and confident going into the match.

“We had to battle back in the second game as we trailed 22-20.”

Senior Talbot Millar, senior Megan Kolb, junior Olivia Wolbert and ninth-grader Molly Banks each served at 100 percent.

Millar notched five ace serves while senior Emily Herbert and senior Tori Broberg each had three and Wolbert had two.

Taylor said Broberg’s serving was a key for Milaca’s rally in the second game.

Senior Sadie Hunt had 11 kills while Herbert had six, Millar 5 and senior Macayla Peterson four. Wolbert had six set assists and senior Ali Prince had 10 digs.

On Saturday, Milaca posted a 3-2 record at the Ogilvie Tournament.

In pool play, the Wolves defeated Rush City 2-1 but lost to Aitkin 2-1 and Sebeka 2-0.

“Against Aitkin, we started slow but came back to win the second game before losing the third, said Taylor. “We played pretty well against Rush City and held on to win.

“Sebeka was the toughest team we saw all day, very quick and experienced. We couldn’t get points off our serve against them.”

Against Rush City, Hunt scored eight kills while Peterson had six and Herbert five. Kolb had eight set assists and Prince had five digs and Millar four.

The Wolves won the consolation title by defeating Ogilvie 2-0 and Rush City 2-0.

“Ogilvie had a very scrappy team but we were able to get past it,” said Taylor. “We lost Olivia Wolbert in the second game of that match when she dove for a ball and injured an elbow.

“We had to adjust for the rest of the game to play without one of our setters. I give the team a lot of credit for getting the job done.

“In the consolation championship match against Rush City, we had to move players around. We ran a 5-1 offense, with Sadie setting and brought senior Sara Warren in to play back row. She has been fantastic for us as a do-everything sub. Megan Kolb led us with her serving and Talbot Millar had her best hitting game to carry us in the match.”

Milaca, 4-6, hosts Zimmerman in a GRC match tonight (Thursday) at 7:15. The Wolves host Pine City in a non-conference match Monday, Sept. 17, at 7:15.