The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta volleyball team swept Paynesville 3-0 to win the Section 3AA-North championship Thursday, Nov. 1, at Minnewaska Area High School in Glenwood. The Tigers upset to top-seed to win 25-17, 25-16, 25-13.
With the win, the Tigers advance to the Section 3AA championship against Marshall, who beat Redwood Valley 3-1 Thursday, on Saturday, Nov. 3, at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall.
“I didn’t expect our girls to come out and play the way they did,” MACA head coach Caleb Greene said. “I’ve said before how hard we’ve been practicing lately and how when it doesn’t convert into a game, I maybe get a little frustrated. Well they played just like they’ve been practicing all year (Thursday night). It was excellent to see us passing so well, hitting so well, communicating, talking, hustling, diving, everything was just going our way.”
Bailey Marty had three ace serves, 11 digs and a team high 11 kills. Lexi Pew and Sophia Carlson added five kills each. Riley Decker dug out 26 balls. LaRae Kram and Liz Dietz combined for 25 assists.
It was Greene’s first subsection title as head coach. He obviously gives credit to his players, but also to former head coach and current assistant coach Kristi Fehr, who has been working with Greene and the varsity team all season.
“It’s nice to (win a subsection championship) with Kristi (Fehr) right by my side,” Greene said. “I am excited, but it’s not about me, it’s collective. Kristi was the first one I went over to hug right away. She’s been by my side all year, just like I was by her side on the years before. It’s a really nice relationship that we have. I’m glad she talked me into doing this because I’ve been enjoying it.”
The Tigers face the Tigers of Marshall for a spot in the Class AA State Tournament.
Morris/C-A 3, Paynesville 0
MACA (19-7).......................25 25 25
Paynesville (19-4).................17 16 13
Serving (aces): Bailey Marty 3, Kenzie Stahman 1, LaRae Kram 1… Set assists: Kram 14, Liz Dietz 11, Riley Decker 3, Stahman 1… Hitting (kills): Marty 11, Lexi Pew 5, Sophia Carlson 5, Jen Solvie 4, Kenzie Hockel 4, Emma Berlinger 3… Blocking (aces): Carlson 1, Solvie 1… Digs (5 or more): Decker 26, Marty 11, Macee Libbesmeier 9, Kram 7
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