Defeating a competitive New Ulm team twice in the same week, the Redwood Valley girls volleyball team has advanced to the second round of Section 3AA play with a 3-1 victory over the Eagles Oct. 25 at the RVHS gymnasium.
The Cardinals (16-13) – who defeated the Eagles (11-13) 3-0 Oct. 22 to wrap up the regular season – topped the visitors 25-19, 25-21, 14-25, 25-21 to stay alive in postseason play.
“New Ulm came in here and played confident, but I was pleased at how we didn’t have our best night but still found a way to get things done,” Coach Andy Regnier said. “It’s a testament to all the work this team has put in and the ability to stay together and find the grit to get a playoff victory.”
With the win, the Cardinals advance to face rival Jackson County Central (20-9) at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 in Jackson. The Huskies rolled to a 3-0 win over St. James Area to set up the meeting between the two and three seeds.
Marshall will face Luverne in the other semifinal match-up with winners moving on to Sub-Section championship action Nov. 1 (site to be determined).
The Cardinals played the Huskies tough in mid-September, losing 3-2 in a tight battle.
“We’re set to face a very good team in JCC on Tuesday,” Regnier said. “We need to get healthy, get fresh, work on our ball control, play phenomenal defense and find a variety of ways to attack and get the ball down their court.”
In the win over the Eagles, sophomore Sydney Sommers had a big night finishing with 15 kills, 18 digs and was 12-of-14 serving with an ace. Fellow sophomore Haley Garman added 14 kills, and freshman Kate Ahrens had three kills, 10 digs and was 19-of-20 serving with an ace.
Sophomore Hannah Schjenken led the way with 18 set assists, three kills, nine digs and was 14-of-14 serving with an ace, and sophomore Aubree Hicks added 15 set assists, nine digs and was 8-of-8 serving with an ace.
Leah Irlbeck had two kills, Amy Martius had five digs and was 20-of-21 serving with an ace and AJ Guggisberg had two ace serves and five digs. Bri Pantizke added one kill and also finished with three digs.