Owatonna Volleyball Squeezes by John Marshall, Advances to Section Quarterfinals
The Huskies battled past Rochester John Marshall in the Section 1AAA volleyball playoffs 3-1, coming from behind in each set to reach the second round.
No. 6 seed Owatonna scored a 25-22, 27-25, 24-26, 25-16 victory over the No. 11 seed Rockets to advance to the quarterfinals. The Huskies had six players with five or more kills. Sydney Schultz led the way with 14. Carli and Lexi Langeland each had 10. Karissa Gregory had a strong night at the net with nine kills. Elise Oppegard had several blocks in addition to her kills. Tori Urch had a strong finish with three kills in the fourth set.
After a back-and-forth opening set won by Owatonna 25-22, the Huskies found themselves down 19-12 in the second set but rallied for a 27-25 win.
Owatonna trailed 14-7 in the third set, rallied to the lead, and were serving for the match when the Rockets pulled out a 26-24 win. The Huskies' only deficit in the final set was 4-3. It remained close until Owatonna reeled off the final eight points on Gregory's serve.
Junior Tori Urch was named the Kottke Jewelers' Diamond Player of the Match for a solid performance in the fourth set.
The Huskies (17-11) play at No. 3 seed Farmington (16-10) Friday night at 7PM on KRFO AM 1390. Owatonna lost to the Tigers 2-1 during a weekend tournament in Farmington in September.
No. 9 seed Faribault upset No. 8 Lakeville North 3-1. No. 5 Winona swept Austin and No. 7 Rochester Century blanked Albert Lea.
Quarterfinal round of Section 1AAA volleyball, Friday, October 30:
No. 6 Owatonna at No. 3 Farmington
No. 7 Century at No. 2 Rochester Mayo
No. 5 Winona at No. 4 Northfield
No. 9 Faribault at No. 1 Lakeville South
Semifinals are Thursday, November 5, at the high seed. The section final is Saturday, November 7, at 3PM at Mayo Civic Center in Rochester.
At the state boys soccer tournament, Faribault upset Hermantown 3-2 after a penalty kick shootout at the Class A quarterfinals. The Falcons will face Orono on Wednesday, November 4, at St. Cloud State. In the Class AA tournament, East Ridge blanked Rochester Mayo 2-0.
In the state girls tennis tournament, Edina won its 19th consecutive state title. Rochester Mayo lost the AA consolation final.