Jacket Tennis beats Rogers; playoffs begin next week

SPORTS ROUND-UP: Cambridge-Isanti girls tennis finished the Mississippi  8 schedule at 5-5 after defeating visiting Rogers 4-3 Sept. 27, taking all three doubles matches. The Bluejackets ended up in 4th place in the M-8, with Buffalo and St. Michael-Albertville closing as co-champions.

“This was a hard-fought win for our girls,” commented C-I Coach Lee Orvik. “Once again we had to play without First Singles player Erika Schmieg, but we made adjustments, and the team responded to the challenge. We knew Rogers would come in to this match hungry. Five of the seven matches went to three sets. Our players showed heart and pulled out the win by winning every doubles point and challenging every singles point.”

Nikki Hallstrom and Jade Newman won a three-set battle at 1st Doubles, and Madi Booth and Ellie Osborne also took their 2nd Doubles match in three sets. Emily Baker and Karley Kirkhoff went the easier route with a two-set victory at 3rd Doubles. Kate Hanson added the Jackets’ final point by holding for a 6-4 win in the second set at 3rd Singles.

Bluejackets 4, Rogers 3

Singles: A.Hanson lost Sporer 2-6, 6-1, 6-2; Page lost Fitzpatrick 1-6, 7-6, 6-2; K. Hanson def Penick 6-0, 6-4; B. Hanson lost Dunham 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. Doubles: Hallstrom/Newman def Dodd/Koeppe 6-4, 6-7, 6-4; Booth/Osborn def Jagannathan/Livingston 6-4, 5-7, 6-1; Baker/Kirkhoff def Rubbelke/Seiter 6-3, 6-1.

• The 7AA South Subsection Team tournament will run Oct. 8-9, with the two surviving teams moving on to the section final four. Top 7AA teams entering this week are: Elk River (12-4, ranked 16th), Andover (14-6), Forest Lake (13-3), Chisago Lakes (12-3), Princeton (12-5) and Cambridge-Isanti (11-5). Seeding takes place Sunday night. The 7AA South Singles & Doubles tourney follows on Sept. 11 at Spring Lake Park’s courts.

Mississippi 8 Girls Tennis FINAL: Buffalo 8-2, 13-4; St. Michael-Alb. 8-2, 15-4; Monticello 7-3, 13-9; Cambridge-Isanti 5-5, 11-5; Rogers 2-8, 4-15; Big Lake 0-10, 1-13

Bluejacket V-ball overcomes Hornets, Wildcats

Cambridge-Isanti evened its Mississippi 8 record at 3-3 on the season after taking host Big Lake in four games Sept. 27: 25-20, 25-27, 25-15, 25-21. Alexis Landherr led the hitters with 18 kills, Korbyn Felde worked for 18 digs, and Kylie Baas set up 24 assists.

On Oct. 1, the Bluejackets hosted another successful “Dig Pink” fundraiser for breast cancer research, plus they swept Section 7AAA partner Chisago Lakes in three: 25-17, 25-15, 25-22. Landherr again led the team with 10 kills, Felde added 5 kills and 9 digs, and Baas finished with 18 assists.

Bluejackets 3, Big Lake 1

Baas– 24 assists, 6 kills, 15 digs, 9 digs; Landherr– 18 kills, 7 digs; Sorgert– 4 kills, 5 digs; Felde– 18 digs, 2 aces; Larkin– 6 digs; Holt– 6 kills; Glotzbach– 7 digs; Sheehan– 3 kills; Bowker– 7 digs.

• On Saturday, the Bluejackets went 2-2 for 4th place at the Duluth East Invitational. In pool play, they defeated Superior, WI 22-25, 25-14, 15-9 and played their best match of the day downing the host Greyhounds 25-22, 25-18.

In the brackets, C-I fell to North Branch 22-25, 25-18, 15-12 and lost to Anoka 25-20, 26-24 in the 3rd-place match.

C-I Leaders at East Tourney: Baas– 58 assists, 14 kills, 20 digs; Landherr– 27 kills, 21 digs, 5 blocks; Sorgert– 4 kills, 8 digs; Felde– 40 digs, 15 kills; Larkin– 33 digs; Holt– 14 kills; Glotzbach– 26 digs; Sheehan– 19 kills, 5 blocks, 8 digs; Bowker– 17 digs.

Mississippi 8 Volleyball: Buffalo 6-0, 13-5; St. Michael-Alb. 6-1, 8-6; Cambridge-Isanti 3-3, 10-7; Monticello 2-4, 8-7; Rogers 2-5, 8-11; Big Lake 0-6, 6-16

Braham V-ball hosts tourney this Saturday

Braham volleyball hosts its annual Bomber Invitational this Saturday, Oct. 6, with pool play action beginning at 9 a.m. (both varsity & JV matches). Coming to town for the tourney are Albany, Barnum, Kimball, Princeton, Rush City, St. Cloud Apollo and Zimmerman.

On Oct. 2, the Bombers stayed in command of the Great River standings by taking visiting Hinckley-Finlayson in four: 25-14, 22-25, 25-11, 25-14.

“It was ‘Senior Night,” and all five of our senior girls started and played well for the first set. Set 2, however, was a different story.  I was proud of how the girls played when we were up by 10 or more points. They did not let anything hit the ground and played as if we were down by 10, trying to come back. Sara Tomlinson and Carley Lynch showed phenomenal court awareness when playing this type of off-tempo match,” noted Braham Coach Britne Engelking, referring to her team’s 15 missed serves against the Jaguars.

Bombers 3, Hinckley-Fin. 0

Tomlinson– 8 kills, 16 digs; Thom– 4 kills, 9 aces; Nickles– 9 kills, 12 digs, 6 aces; Braund–  5 kills, 7 digs; Lynch- 31 assists, 4 kills; Williams– 8 digs; Parker– 2 kills; Bendickson– 8 kills, 4 aces.

GRC Volleyball: Braham 8-0, 12-1; Onamia 6-0, 12-4; Aitkin 5-1, 9-5; Rush City 6-2, 8-6; Hinckley-Fin. 3-5, 5-9; East Central 2-5, 6-7; Isle 1-4, 3-12; Pine City 1-6, 3-14; Ogilvie 0-8, 1-13

Sholund Invite this Saturday for C-I Swim/Dive

The Cambridge-Isanti girls swim & dive team will host its annual Sholund Invite at 1 p.m. in the CIHS pool. Teams competing with C-I are Andover, Elk River, Princeton and Ogilvie. The busy weekend also includes the Bluejacket Swim Boosters’ Pancake Breakfast on Sunday morning at the Christ the King Parish Hall.

The Bluejackets’ Mississippi 8 dual meet record fell to 0-3 with a 95-81 loss at Monticello Sept. 27. Maria Leibel had a hot night taking 2nd in Diving while breaking 200 points, and teammate Hannah Thiry was right behind her in 3rd place. Swimming highlights against the tough Magic came from Carly Dupre (rallying from an injury for a 1:15.1 in the 100 Breaststroke), Maria Vavra (swimming well while trying the 200 and 500 Freestyles for the first time) and Mackenzie Boysen (28.4 in the 50 Free and 1:01.7 in the 100 Free).

• On Oct. 2, the Bluejackets defeated host Princeton 97-84 to raise their overall dual record to 3-4 on the season.