Wolves 1-1 at section volleyball tourney

Milaca’s volleyball team concluded its season with a 1-1 showing in the Section 5AA Tournament.

Milaca, seeded No. 11, stopped No. 6-seeded Minneapolis DeLaSalle 3-1 at DeLaSalle in the opening round Oct. 25, then lost to No. 3-seeded St. Anthony 3-0 in the quarterfinals Tuesday, Oct. 30 at St. Anthony.

“We made a good showing – we were able to score Milaca’s first win in section play in several years,” said first-year head coach Jamie Taylor. “We played two good teams.”

Against DeLaSalle, the Wolves won the opening game 25-22 but the Islanders tied the match by winning the second game 25-12. Milaca then took the next two games 25-15 and 25-22.

“All week we talked about getting more than one point at a time,” said Taylor. “The kids really stepped it up in this match and made that happen.

“In the first game Sadie Hunt turned her ankle with Milaca at game point. Paige Quaintance came in for her and scored the winning kill.

“We started the second game without Sadie and couldn’t get it going. She came back in but we were out of sync. In games three and four we got back to normal and used the one-plus-one plan to again gain control. We got great hitting from Talbot Millar and Molly Banks.”

Millar, a senior, was 26-28 serving and she had six kills and nine set assists while  Hunt, a senior, was 12-14 serving and notched eight kills. Banks, a ninth-grader, had five kills and three blocks while seniors Macayla Peterson and Emily Herbert each had four kills.

Senior Ali Prince had 14 digs and junior Olivia Wolbert was 11-11 serving.

St. Anthony swept Milaca 25-19, 25-20, 25-15.

“St. Anthony is a very solid team that doesn’t make many errors,” said Taylor. “They made great serves that never let us get our offense going.

“We couldn’t use our one-plus-one strategy because they passed so well and set up their hitters well. Emily helped keep it close with her kills in the middle.”

Millar was 8-9 serving and she had three kills while Hunt was 10-10 serving and had four kills. Senior Megan Kolb was 9-9 serving while senior Sara Warren was 8-8 serving and Wolbert was 8-8 serving.

Herbert scored eight kills and Banks was  9-10 serving.

Milaca finished with a 7-21-1 record.

“We had a rough stretch at the end of the regular season but the girls put a great effort into defeating DeLaSalle,” said Taylor. “And, I was proud of that.”

“In other quarterfinal matches Tuesday, Oct. 30, No. 4-seeded Breck topped No. 5-seeded Park Center 3-1, No. 1-seeded Maple Lake handled No. 9-seeded Becker 3-0 and No. 2-seeded Zimmerman stopped No. 7-seeded Rockford 3-0.

Maple Lake topped Breck 3-1 and Zimmerman stopped St. Anthony 3-1 on the semifinals Thursday, Nov. 1.

Maple Lake claimed the Section 5AA crown by defeating Zimmerman 3-1 Saturday, Nov. 3, at Rockford.

Maple Lake, 19-11, was scheduled to face Caledonia, 25-6, in the quarterfinals of the Class AA State Tournament today (Thursday) at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Mora, 24-7, which won the Section 7AA title, was scheduled to meet Marshall, 26-5, today in the quarterfinals.

The state tournament continues Friday and Saturday.