State Tournament: Class AAAA Quarterfinal Breakdown
Welcome to the Minnesota State Tournament! Wednesday kicked off plenty of Quarterfinal action including Class AAAA. Let’s take a quick look at what happened on opening day in Class AAAA. Wayzata vs Edina Wayzata took Edina in a clean 3-set…
Welcome to the Minnesota State Tournament! Wednesday kicked off plenty of Quarterfinal action including Class AAAA. Let’s take a quick look at what happened on opening day in Class AAAA.
Wayzata vs Edina
Wayzata took Edina in a clean 3-set sweep, 25-17, 25-17, 25-16.
Swenson demonstrated smart use of the block to score points at will. She both teams with 13 kills while hitting a .478 hitting percentage. Swenson also added 3 aces and 4 digs in the Trojan win.
Banks is not just a setter with great hands and location. She runs a 6-2 with Greta Granbuerg and Edina utilizes her ability to attack while she is in the front row. Banks takes great swings with smart shots. She led Edina with 9 kills, 7 assists, and 2 digs.
Eagan vs Anoka
This was a great match to kick off the State Tournament because it had all the drama of a 5 set match. Anoka took the first two sets 29-27, 28-26 before Eagan turned up the intensity and took sets 3 and 4, 28-26, 28-26. Anoka took over from there and sealed up set 5 15-4.
Bertsch made a number of ridiculous saves and showed off her super athleticism. She recorded 54 assists as she run a steady offense with 3 attackers reaching double digit kills. Bertsch added 5 aces, 14 digs, and 1 block.
Schmidt is so good and running a fast route and being up in the air ready to swing. Sometime I forget she is 6’4 because her footwork is speedy. Then she gets a monster block and I remember really fast! Schmidt let Eagan with 21 kills, 4 aces, and 7 blocks in the 5 set battle.
Reeder was took almost 80 swings last night. She simply knows how to score and does not shy away from taking a massive rip on the ball. Reeder recorded 24 kills, 20 digs and 5 blocks.
Shimek was making really smart and aggressive plays at the net. She moves the ball around quickly to keep the opposing blockers guessing. She also puts up a decent block to be the first line of defense. Shimek led the court with 55 assists, 25 digs, and 1 block.
New Prague vs Minnetonka
This was a fun four set battle. New Prague started off with a 25-19 win before dropping the second set, 23-25. The finished off the match 25-14, 25-13.
Chowhan puts up a really big block and seemed to pick up moment and confidence as the match progressed. She contributed10 kills while hitting a .400. Chowhan also added 3 digs and 2 blocks.
Dillon can really do some damage at the net. She is especially lethal when she attacks from the back row. When she is at the net she knows just when to go for high hands or use the block to recycle the ball. Dillon recorded 14 kills and 16 digs.
Klein takes such a wicked swing on the ball and uses a variety of shots that the defense has a hard time trying to predict whats coming. She is so athletic and her stats show it. She led the court with 22 kills, while adding 13 digs and 2 blocks.
Wilson showed Minnesota what she could do. She is really athletic and not afraid to call her own number. Wilson also has this great connection with Avery Klein and they click on a fast tempo ball. She led the court with 41 assists, 8 digs, and 4 kills.
Rogers vs Stillwater Area
This was a seriously intense match that left everyone on the edge of their seats. Rogers came out on fire with 25-21, 25-18 wins. Stillwater responded with a reverse sweet 25-20, 27-25, 17-15.
St. Thomas commit is the primary attacker on this squad. She took over 80 swings and led the court with 44 kills. She clearly has beach experience and utilizes the strategy. She digs the ball cross court for her outside to attack. When she swings she is not only athletic but also smart. Schmidt added 13 digs and 6 aces.
Augustana commit, Shelby Barwick, was doing a great job of finding a way past the block. On the flip side she puts up a huge block. Barwick tallied 6 kills, 3 digs, and 1 block.