Big win for Jackets on ‘Dig Pink’ night

Senior Julia Walfoort blasted a kill in Game 1, and her hitting ignited the Jackets in the Game 5 win over Big Lake.

Cambridge-Isanti volleyball hosted its annual “Dig Pink” fundraiser night for Breast Cancer Awareness Month Oct. 18. Along with the girls doing a great job on their campaign, the Bluejackets were victorious over visiting Big Lake in their final regular-season match: 25-16, 25-15, 23-25, 22-25, 15-3.

“This win was really important because it’s like a boost of confidence. Being able to push through and win that Game 5 will help get our team to fight through and finish off opponents in the playoffs,” said Julia Walfoort.

Strong serving led the Jackets in the first two games against the Hornets. Katelyn Torgerson reeled off eight straight points off serve to create an early 11-2 lead in Game 1. Walfoort took over with an ace on her first serve, pushing the lead out to 15-5 when Kylie Baas drilled a kill. In Game 2, Madison Hedberg blistered a string of serves which changed a 14-12 game into a 20-12 advantage, including nailing a pair of aces.

Kylie Baas set up Alexis Landherr for a kill attempt against Big Lake.

Credit the Hornets for rising up in Games 3 and 4 as their net attack and blocks grew stronger. But the Jackets came out fired up in Game 5 when setter Baas found Walfoort for three running spikes. Youngsters Korbyn Felde and Greta Holt added key kills to finish off the Hornets.

“Getting us to 12-14 overall will have us looking a little better when we go to the section seeding meeting on Wednesday. We played a really tough schedule this year, and it was great for the girls to get that conference win heading into the playoffs,” said C-I Coach Vicki Courts.

For the “Dig Pink” campaign, co-captains Walfoort, Hedberg and Torgerson led the selling of T-shirts and promoted the other fundraising aspects for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. “All the donations go to the Side-out Foundation and the Harbor Room. It is a big deal for women, and it’s really great that we can play a game and all the people wear pink. We kept on ordering more and more shirts,” explained Walfoort.

Members of the Jacket JV team handed out pink carnations to cancer survivor fans in attendance during the “Dig Pink” fundraising at Tuesday’s match.

Monticello beats C-I

On Oct. 13, Monticello held off visiting Cambridge-Isanti 25-19, 25-22, 25-23. Leading stats for the Bluejackets were: Julia Walfoort 11 kills, and 12 digs; Korbyn Felde 5 kills; Kylie Baas 30 assists, 13 digs and 2 blocks; Alexis Landherr 6 kills; and Sydney Larkin 12 digs.

M-8 Volleyball

St. Michael-Alb. 5-1, 16-11; Buffalo 5-1, 19-6; Rogers 4-2, 18-8; Monticello 4-2, 13-11; Cambridge-Isanti 1-5, 12-14; Becker 1-5, 10-14; Big Lake 1-5, 5-20.

Section 7AAA leaders: Andover 22-5; Duluth East 17-3; North Branch 16-9; Grand Rapids 15-10; Anoka 14-12.