Cambridge-Isanti volleyball advanced its record to 15-5 overall with two victories, including a wildly exciting 20-25, 25-22, 17-25, 25-19, 15-13 rally over visiting North Branch Oct. 8.
The Bluejackets answered the Vikings’ win in Game 1 by jumping out to an 11-2 lead in Game 2, highlighted by a Sydney Larkin block, a Claire Sheehan ace serve and a sneaky Korbyn Felde tip. North Branch rallied to tie it at 22-22, but a missed serve and a Sheehan tip helped put away the game for the Jackets.
Power-hitting by Courtney Selbitschka was the difference when the Vikings took a 2-1 lead in games. Again, the Jackets answered in Game 4 when Ellen Wander served in four straight points, including an ace, for an early 9-4 edge. Larkin repeatedly gave up her body with dive saves which, combined with a Sheehan block, kept C-I ahead 15-9. Sheehan and Mackenzie Torgerson finished off the game with kills to force the fifth battle.
Larkin continued her strong setting night by finding Chloey Sheehan, then Claire Sheehan ripped a shot right on the left line for an early 5-4 Jacket lead. Claire followed with a key tip to make it 10-8, and her service ace off the top of the net kept the Jackets ahead 13-11. Felde finished off the Vikings with a tip off the blockers’ hands for point 14 and another kill for match point.
Jackets 3, Monticello 0
The Bluejackets added another Mississippi 8 win last week when they downed host Monticello in three Oct. 3: 25-12, 25-21, 25-19. Sheehan pounded 17 kills, Larkin set up 21 more assists and Felde led with 16 digs against the Magic.
After the M-8 match at Princeton Oct. 10, the Bluejackets will further ready themselves for the playoffs at the two-day St. Michael-Albertville Tourney this weekend.
Mississippi 8 Volleyball: Buffalo 7-0, 18-1; St. Michael-Alb. 7-0, 14-6; Cambridge-Isanti 5-2, 15-5; North Branch 3-4, 17-7; Rogers 3-4, 11-9; Monticello 3-4, 11-7; Big Lake 2-4, 12-13; Chisago Lakes 2-4, 10-13; St. Francis 2-5, 10-14; Princeton 0-7, 9-12.