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BBE plays No. 3 Medford at state

The Jaguars, who won the Section 5A title Saturday over Walker-Hackensakc-Akeley, met Medford in the state semifinals last year

LITTLE FALLS — After a thrilling Section 5A victory Saturday night, the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa volleyball team learned its state opponent Sunday.

BBE plays third-seeded Medford at 3 p.m. Thursday in the state Class A quarterfinals at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

The Jaguars (23-8) went unseeded.

The top seed went to Minneota, followed by No. 2 Waterville-Elysian-Morristown, No. 3 Medford, No. 4 Mounds Park Academy and No. 5 Fosston. Greenway of Coleraine, Henning and BBE are the other three teams in the tournament, which continues with consolation and championship matches Friday. The tournament concludes with matches for fifth-, third- and first-place Saturday.

The Class A final is 1 p.m. Saturday.

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The BBE/Medford winner plays the Waterville-Elysian-Morristown vs. Henning winner at 3 p.m. Friday in the semifinals.

Coaches seeded on-line Sunday morning, with the top five seeds being announced and the last three being selected randomly as an opponent to one of the top three seeds.

For BBE, it’s the second straight year in the tournament and the sixth time since 2005. Belgrade, before the schools merged, made state in 1984.

The Jaguars took fourth last year after earning the No. 3 seed. They beat New Life Academy of Woodbury 3-0 in the quarterfinals, then fell to Medford 3-1 in the semifinals. BBE was beaten by No. 4 Ada-Borup in the third-place match. Top-seeded Minneota beat unseeded Medford 3-0 in the final.

For BBE to return to state, it needed a 3-2 victory over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley. The Jaguars beat the Wolves 25-22, 25-13, 19-25, 18-25, 16-14.

BBE trailed 14-9 in the fifth set before scoring seven straight points to earn the state berth.

In the victory over W-H-A, Brittany Berge had 22 kills, Grace Illies added 12 and Karissa Jones had 11. Karsee Kampsen had 47 set assists and Emily Kern added 31 digs.

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BBE 3, Walker-A-H 0

Walker-Hackensack-Akeley (24-7) 22 13 25 25 14
Belgrade-Brooten -Elrosa (23-8) 25 25 19 18 16
Walker-Hackensack-Akeley
Stats not available
Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa
Serving (aces): Grace Illies 4, Karsee Kampsen 2, Emily Kern 1, Jordyn Walstrom 1 … Set assists: Kampsen 47, Kern 2, Karissa Jones 1, Brittany Berge 1, Walstrom 1 … Hitting (kills): Berge 22, Illies 12, Jones 11, Kampsen 6, Ava Muller 6, Brooke Deters 3 … Blocking (aces): Jones 2 1/2, Kampsen 1 1/2 … Digs (5 or more): Kern 31, Illies 18, Kampsen 8, Jones 6, Walstrom 6.

Class A state pairings

Quarterfinals Thursday

(At the Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul)

  • No. 1 Minneota (30-3) vs. Greenway (26-4), 1 p.m. on Court 2

  • No. 4 Mounds Park Academy (25-4) vs. No. 5 Fosston (28-6), 1 p.m. on Court 1

  • No. 2 Waterville-Elysian-Morristown (32-2) vs. Henning (24-7), 3 p.m. on Court 2

  • No. 3 Medford (24-8) vs. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (23-8), 3 p.m. at Court 1

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