Jacket V-ball beats T-Hawks at home, goes 1-1 in playoffs

Emily Sorgert elevated for one of her eight kills against Grand Rapids in the Oct. 24 home playoff victory. Photos by Greg Hunt

Cambridge-Isanti opened the Section 7AAA volleyball playoffs with a thrilling five-game victory over Grand Rapids: 25-21, 16-25, 19-25, 25-18, 15-13.

Rallying from the 2-1 deficit, Kylie Baas served out a great string for a 17-12 lead in Game 4. Alexis Landherr and Claire Sheehan finished off that game with big kills, which set the stage for a wild Game 5.

Kills by Greta Holt and Emily Sorgert kept things tight early on, then Landherr knocked down consecutive spikes to push C-I ahead to stay at 12-11. Sheehan (20 kills) closed the deal with two big rips down the left side.

“Coach Vicki had us do drills where we were behind by 10, so we’ve been working on that, so we always know how to get back,” described Sorgert. “It feels incredible to win the final match at home.”

Bluejackets 3, Hibbing 0

Baas– 53 assists, 7 kills, 15 digs; Landherr– 15 kills, 13 digs, 3 blocks; Sorgert– 8 kills, 6 digs; Felde– 19 digs, 9 kills; Holt– 8 kills; Larkin– 21 digs; Glotzbach– 16 digs; Sheehan– 20 kills,  4 digs; Bowker– 16 digs.


The Bluejackets felt the energy turn their way when they rallied for the win over the Thunderhawks, taking the incredibly tight Game 5 15-13.

• The Bluejackets season came to a close at 15-12 overall when top-seed Anoka prevailed in the Oct. 26 quarters: 25-20, 25-22, 20-25, 25-20. Coach Courts credited her Bluejackets with battling the Tornadoes hard to make them earn the win.

Anoka went on to take North Branch in three games in the Oct. 30 semis. The Tornadoes play No. 3 seed St. Francis for the 7AAA championship Nov. 3 in Duluth.

Anoka 3, Bluejackets 1

Baas– 33 assists, 3 kills, 13 digs; Landherr– 4 kills, 6 digs, 3 aces; Sorgert– 9 kills, 8 digs; Felde– 25 digs, 16 kills; Larkin– 14 digs; Glotzbach– 9 digs; Sheehan– 13 kills,  8 blocks, 5 digs; Bowker– 6 digs.