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CMCS battles Vikings but loses in 3A-North semis

MARSHALL -- Kalley Schwitters impressed with 27 kills but it wasn't quite enough against Minneota on Tuesday night in Marshall as Central Minnesota Christian lost 3-1 to the Vikings in the Section 3A-North subsection semifinal at Southwest Minnes...

CMCS hitters Kayla Ulferts (4) and Tori Orred (7) attempt to block a strike from Minneota hitter Natalie Herigon in Tuesday's 3-1 Viking win at Southwest Minnesota State in Marshall. Jake Schultz / Tribune
CMCS hitters Kayla Ulferts (4) and Tori Orred (7) attempt to block a strike from Minneota hitter Natalie Herigon in Tuesday's 3-1 Viking win at Southwest Minnesota State in Marshall. Jake Schultz / Tribune
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MARSHALL - Kalley Schwitters impressed with 27 kills but it wasn't quite enough against Minneota on Tuesday night in Marshall as Central Minnesota Christian lost 3-1 to the Vikings in the Section 3A-North subsection semifinal at Southwest Minnesota State University.

Minneota entered the match as the No. 4-ranked team in Class A but the Bluejays managed to keep it close throughout the four-set match. The Vikings opened up with a 25-21 win and looked to be rolling to a similar second set win but the Bluejays went on a strong 8-0 run to end the set and knot the match at 1-1.

Minneota fought back, though, and took sets three and four by relatively narrow margins.

Despite the loss, CMCS head coach Jill Haan had all positive things to say about her team.

"We really wanted to pass well and communicate well going into the match and we executed," Haan said. "We also talked about playing with passion and fire and that's exactly what we did."

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It was especially tough for the Bluejays' eight seniors, including Schwitters who had an outstanding showing in her final high school match.

"She does everything well," Haan said. "She's one of those players you don't get to coach too often. She's an excellent player, an excellent athlete."

Ellie Greenwaldt, one of only two juniors on the squad, had a strong night as well, finishing with 48 set assists.

Minneota 3, CMCS 1

CMCS............................ 21 25 18 21

Minneota.............................. 25 19 25 25

CMCS

Serving (aces): Hannah Nelson 3, Bailey Scott 1 ... Set assists: Ellie Greenwaldt 48, Schwitters 2, Orred 1, Nelson 3 ... Hitting (kills): Kalley Schwitters 27, Kayla Ulferts 3, Kendra Brouwer 7, Tori Orred 9, Kate Brown 10 ... Blocking (aces): Brown 2, Orred 1 ... Digs (5 or more): Greenwaldt 9, Schwitters 15, Kenna Ulferts 5, Orred 4, Nelson 20, Scott 9

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