Subsection Finals Set After A Thrilling Super Saturday
A day chalked full of high school volleyball playoff action got started at 11:30am Saturday. The Mabel-Canton Cougars, Spring Grove Lions and St. Charles Saints are all headed to the subsection finals.
The day opened with the Grand Meadow Superlarks falling to Bethlehem Academy in the Section 1A West Subsection semifinals in straight sets. 25-23, 25-23 and 25-18. The Cardinals were able to lockdown points late in sets despite some big pushback from the Superlarks.
Kaitlyn Hilton was great with a team-high eight kills, and Jordyn Glynn was all over the floor setting up the offense, playing great defense in the back row and attacking the net. B.A had a great performance from freshman Ellie Cohen who led the team with 10 kills.
B.A will take on Medford in the Subsection 1A West Title Match.
KFIL Subway Player of the Game (Grand Meadow) - Kaitlyn Hilton
KFIL Subway Player of the Game (B.A) - Ellie Cohen
Kingsley Mercantile Game Ball (Grand Meadow) - Jordyn Glynn
It was a fun battle between #1 Mabel-Canton and #4 Caledonia in the next match that saw the Cougars come away with a 3-1 win despite the Warriors really finding their rhythm in the third set. The Cougars controlled it early taking the first two sets 25-16 and 25-16.
The Cougars then built a huge lead in the third set at 19-11, but then the Warriors found their stride coming back and taking the set 27-25 with some great play from Senior Katie Tornstrom and Junior Lydia Lange. The big momentum shift carried into the fourth set, as the Warriors had a small lead early, but it was lost quickly as the Cougars were able to make some big plays down the stretch with Senior Maddy Michels and Junior Payton Danielson to get the 25-23 win.
KFIL Subway Player of the Game (Caledonia) - Katie Tornstrom
KFIL Subway Player of the Game (Mabel-Canton) - Maddy Michels
Kingsley Mercantile Game Ball (Mabel-Canton) - Payton Danielson
The final match was a thriller with #2 Spring Grove taking on #3 Wabasha-Kellogg in the other Section 1A East Subsection Semifinal. The battle was close early, but the Lions were able to grab a 25-23 first set win. The Falcons came right back with Morgan LaVigne and Rachel Gosse to take sets two and three with the identical score of 25-21.
In the all-important set four, the Lions were able to build a lead early and hold off a Falcons come back for a 25-23 win to force a fifth set where the Lions again jumped out to an early lead. That early lead set them to the Subsection Final with a 15-9 win in set five.
Mariah Edgington had 23 kills to lead Spring Grove, while Alyssa Johnson added five kills. LaVigne had 16 kills to lead the Falcons, but their defense just couldn't slow Edgington down.
The Lions will take on the Cougars in the Subsection Title Match Thursday night at 6pm. You will be able to hear it on 103.1 KFIL.
KFIL Subway Player of the Game (Spring Grove) - Mariah Edgington
KFIL Subway Player of the Game (Wabasha-Kellogg) - Morgan LaVigne
Kingsley Mercantile Game Ball (Spring Grove) - Kailee Olerud