Scoring five of the final seven points of the match the Redwood Valley girls volleyball team stunned host Jackson County Central 3-2, Tuesday night in Section 3AA-South semifinal action.
The Cardinals (17-13) held on for a thrilling 25-13, 8-25, 25-13, 19-25, 15-12 win over the Huskies (20-10) to earn a spot in the championship match against Marshall Thursday night (Nov. 1) at 7 p.m. in Windom. The Tigers (25-5) defeated Luverne 3-0.
The Cards jumped out to a 14-7 lead in game one and would go to take the first set 25-13 to seize the early momentum.
The host Huskies came right back in set number two, however, taking early control on the way to a 25-8 win.
The Huskies appeared to have swung the momentum, but the Cardinals answered with an inspired third set that saw them pull away from a 12-11 lead for a 25-13 win and a 2-1 advantage.
An early 8-0 run in set number four would give the Huskies the lead, and they would go on to post a 25-19 to knot the score up a two apiece.
The Cards – who were in the same position against the Huskies in a mid-September loss – battled back and forth in the final set, eventually tieing the score at 10. From there, the Cards would close things out 15-12 to earn a huge victory over a Husky team that has had their number for years.
“We really came out and executed our game plan,” Coach Andy Regnier said. “Throughout a volleyball match you will never have perfection in every ball you play, but we did give perfect effort with perfect energy all night long. Our girls are firm and confident that as exciting as last night's win was, we are not defined by any one win. We are defined by the mentality, effort, and work we put in to turn around last year's season. This post-season run is a product of that. We look forward to the opportunity to represent our community with great passion, effort, pride and class.”