Tigers vanquish rival Wolves

Junior Miranda Fredrick passed well against Milaca, then rallied the Tigers in game four with an eight-point serving string. Photos by Greg Hunt

Loud crowds, backing both sides, had the Princeton gym rocking Monday night when the Tigers hosted intercounty rival Milaca. The Tigers shrugged off a Wolves’ win in game one to take the match 22-25, 25-22, 25-18, 25-23. The intense rematch will be Oct. 2 at Milaca.

Princeton turned the tables quickly in game two – getting down 14-9 before Taylor Sleen’s ace sparked the comeback also fueled by Hailey Mattson’s net work. Jaydee Green served in consecutive aces to make it 21-21, and Milaca was assessed a key penalty point for a game delay for the Tigers’ 24th point.

Sleen’s back-row athleticism was on display in game three when she chased down a flyer way out of bounds, then repeatedly dove for digs which included a big save, leading to a Mattson tip for a 20-13 Princeton lead.

Granite Ridge Volleyball: Albany 6-0, 12-5; Zimmerman 6-1, 14-3; Mora 5-2, 11-6; St. Cloud Cathedral 5-2, 7-6; Princeton 3-3, 5-8; Milaca 2-4, 6-10; Little Falls 1-4, 4-15; Foley 0-6, 1-10; Becker 0-6, 2-12

Photos by Greg Hunt
Junior Taylor Sleen got dirty on several athletic saves against Milaca, adding 17 kills in the GRC victory Sept. 24.