Cambridge-Isanti Volleyball worked for a great send-off to its seniors by defeating Chisago Lakes in a final home match to start the playoffs Oct. 26: 25-16, 28-25, 25-20, 25-23. The win snapped a two-year loss streak to the Wildcats in the Section 7AAA playoffs.
“It was great because we have played Chisago Lakes three years in a row now in the section brackets. It was really exciting that we got this win at home, too, in front of our own fans,” said senior co-captain Katelyn Torgerson.
The Jackets rolled in Game 1, but the Wildcats countered in Game 2, led by the hitting and blocking ability of 6’4” sophomore Bryanna Fernstrom. That set up a crucial swing battle in Game 3.
Torgerson served C-I out to a 4-1 lead. Kylie Baas and Sydney Larkin later added ace serves to keep the momentum in the Jackets’ favor. Torgerson then served in six straight points to create a 17-13 lead. With the Jackets ahead just 21-20, Madison Hedberg hammered in four straight points off serve for the victory, as Julia Walfoort’s kill found the back corner for point 25.
“I like when I’m up serving, knowing you have to serve hard but get it in. You can’t give them an easy ball. I like to be in that position when the game’s on the line,” said senior co-captain Hedberg.
Game 4 was a tight back-and-forth affair, with the Jackets taking a late 23-20 lead. But the Wildcats rallied to knot the score at 23-23 before Baas made an athletic tip for point 24, then the ‘Cats final kill attempt went wide for match-point.
“This is a big rivalry, so it’s a big deal to come back and beat them again this year. We came out fired up, knowing this was our last game on this court,” said Hedberg. “We wanted to leave it all out on the court this time.”
Stat leaders against CL: Walfoort- 10 kills, 3 blocks, 13 digs; Torgerson- 4 aces, 7 digs; Hedberg- 3 digs; Baas- 3 aces, 7 kills, 27 assists, 8 digs; Alexis Landherr- 3 kills, 2 blocks, 2 digs; Korbyn Felde- 1 ace, 11 kills, 11 digs; Sydney Larkin- 3 aces, 11 digs; Abby Glotzbach- 7 kills, 4 digs; Greta Holt- 1 kill, 1 block, 2 digs.
Top-seed Andover advances past C-I
In the Section 7AAA quarterfinals Friday night, top-seed Andover advanced with a 25-21, 25-14, 25-20 victory over No. 8 Cambridge-Isanti. Leading the Bluejackets against the Huskies were Walfoort (10 kills), Baas (24 assists) and Torgerson (13 digs).
Felde (9 digs), Hedberg (7 digs), Larkin (5 digs) and Holt (5 digs) also supplied good defense against the Huskies, with Felde and Holt adding 9 and 5 kills, respectively.
“The girls played hard against a great team,” said C-I Coach Vicki Courts, whose Bluejackets closed the season with a 13-15 overall record.
• Andover next faces No. 4 Anoka on Nov. 2; the other semifinals will be No. 2 Duluth East hosting No. 3 Elk River. The 7AAA championship will be Nov. 5.