The Cambridge-Isanti and Braham volleyball squads– both owning No. 1 seeds in their respective sections– began the 2013 playoffs by sweeping their opponents in Oct. 25 home matches.
The Bluejackets downed rival St. Francis 25-18, 25-21, 25-17 in front of a large crowd at CIHS Friday night. Claire Sheehan had a monster hitting night against the Saints, including rocketing three back sets from Sydney Larkin which helped open an 11-5 lead in Game 3. The victory was the 100th career win for C-I Coach Vicki Courts.
Cambridge-Isanti (21-7) will next host No. 4 seed Forest Lake (15-12) in the Section 7AAA semifinals, 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30. The Rangers clipped defending section champ Anoka 3-2, taking Game 5 15-12. Nos. 2-3 seeds, Grand Rapids and North Branch, also won on Friday night and will meet in the other 7AAA semifinals.
Braham 3, Hinckley-Finlayson 0
Braham began with a 25-7 whipping in Game 1, then took the next two games 25-22 and 25-14 to defeat Hinckley-Finlayson for the third time this season.
All higher seeds in Section 5A won in the round of 16 matches Friday night, with no match going to five games. Braham (21-5) will next take on Sebeka (19-10) in the 5A quarterfinals at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at Crosby -Ironton. Also playing in that half of the brackets are Nevis (19-9) vs. Onamia (16-11).