WACONIA -- Willmar's volleyball season ended Thursday as Waconia swept the Cardinals 25-17, 25-13, 25-18 in the Section 2AAA playoffs. "Waconia had a little too much height for us," said Willmar coach Mary Hanson. "They really blocked well. I thought our girls played well. There was never a time that I thought they cashed it in." Willmar (10-17), seeded No. 13, managed just a .162 kill percentage against the No. 4-seeded Wildcats, who improved to 19-8. "I thought Willmar really served well and had us on our heels for a while," said Waconia coach Jim Lee.
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Kyle Eckhoff, a sophomore from Willmar, helped lead Minnesota State University-Moorhead to its first Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference men's cross-country title in 14 years last Saturday at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Eckhoff placed fourth in the meet, covering the 8,000-meter course in 27:26.5.
WADENA -- The Montevideo boys are headed back to the Class A state meet in cross country for the first time since 2001 while the Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd girls team, led by individual champion Nikki Swenson, is returning for a second straight year as a result of Section 6A meet victories Thursday. Jacob Henderson of Yellow Medicine East claimed the boys title. He was fifth a year ago in this race. Tony Klosterboer in sixth and J.J. Nieuwbeerta in eighth place led the Thunder Hawks to 83 points in a tight three-way finish.
Three of the top four seeds from Section 6AA-19 prevailed Thursday night. Montevideo, the top seed, trounced Ortonville 25-11, 25-17, 25-8; No. 2-seeded MACCRAY swept Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 25-10, 25-10, 25-20 and No. 3 Benson topped Minnewaska 25-17, 20-25, 29-27, 25-15. Lac qui Parle Valley, the No. 5 seed, pulled off a mild upset of No. 4 Morris 25-19, 23-25, 25-16, 25-22. Montevideo will face Lac qui Parle Valley and MACCRAY will meet Benson in the semifinals Tuesday in Morris. The times of the matches have yet to be determined.
Top-seeded Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg and No. 2 Central Minnesota Christian advanced to the Section 2A-North semifinals, while No. 4 Buffalo Lake-Hector was ousted Thursday. KMS routed Cleveland 25-10, 25-12, 25-9 and will now play Cedar Mountain/Comfrey Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Fairfax. CMCS swept Holy Trinity of Winsted 25-13, 25-11, 25-8 and meets either Lester Prairie or McLeod West at 7:45 p.m. in the other semifinal match Tuesday at Fairfax.
BURNSVILLE -- Benson advanced to the consolation finals of the state Class A girls tennis tournament, but lost to Staples-Motley 5-2 Thursday at Life Time Fitness. The Braves, in their state tournament debut, beat Minnewaska 4-3 in the consolation semifinals earlier in the day. Rochester Lourdes won its 10th straight Class A title with a 6-1 win over Mounds Park Academy, and Edina accomplished the same feat in Class AA with a 6-1 victory over Mahtomedi Staples-Motley 5, Benson 2 Benson contested most matches, but Staples-Motley came away with the win. The Braves picked up team points from
Prep Volleyball SECTION 3AA-NORTH First Round 2. (8) Tracy-Milroy-Balaton vs. (1) Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop at Olivia, 6 p.m. 3. (5) Yellow Medicine East vs. (4) Redwood Valley at Olivia, 7:30 p.m. 4. (7) Minnesota Valley Lutheran vs. (2) Springfield at Redwood Falls, 6 p.m. 5. (6) BOLD vs. (3) Renville County West at Redwood Falls, 7:30 p.m. SECTION 6AA-17 First Round 2. (8) Long Prairie-Grey Eagle at (1) Sauk Centre, 7 p.m. 3. (5) Eden Valley-Watkins at (4) Osakis, 7 p.m. 4. (7) Holdingford at (2) Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, 7 p.m. 5.
Prep Volleyball Section 2AAA First Round Waconia def. Willmar 25-17, 25-13, 25-18 Litchfield def. Worthington 23-25, 25-22, 25-18, 28-26 Section 6AA Sub-section 17 Play-in Long Prairie-Grey Eagle def. Paynesville 25-22, 22-25, 25-11, 25-13 Sub-section 19 Quarterfinals Benson def. Minnewaska 25-17, 20-25, 29-27, 25-15 Lac qui Parle Valley def. Morris 25-19, 23-25, 25-16, 25-22 Montevideo def. Ortonville 25-11, 25-17, 25-8 MACCRAY def. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 25-10, 25-10, 25-20 Section 2A North Quarterfinals Central Minnesota Christian def.
New London-Spicer was preparing for a road game Saturday for the Section 6AAA semifinals when it was informed that it will instead be hosting Staples-Motley at 7 p.m. Staples-Motley, the No. 2 seed which beat NLS 16-8 on Oct. 13, discovered it had an ineligible player during the Cardinals' season-finale 64-28 win over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle. The Cardinals were forced to forfeit that West Central North Conference game and also moved them from the No. 2 seed in Section 6AAA to No. 3 and NLS moved up to the No.