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Milaca loses ëgreatí tourney match
Posted 10/30/02

"We played a great match--good enough to win," said Milaca Volleyball Coach Kris Marxhausen following her teamís exciting 15-11, 15-13, 15-12 loss to Onamia in the quarter-finals of the Section 5AA, Sub-Section 18 Tournament Thursday night, Oct. 24 at Onamia. "And, Onamia also played very well."

The Panthers, seeded No. 3 in the tournament, advanced to the semifinals where they were scheduled to face No. 2-seeded Pierz Tuesday night at Mora.

"We started our week with three great practices before the Onamia match," said Marxhausen, whose team was seeded sixth. "We changed to double blocking and we changed our floor coverage to accommodate the blocking.

"The girls picked up on the change very well and it showed at Onamia. There were incredible volleys and saves on both sides. The girls did everything we talked about. Itís always hard to end the season but playing like we did made it a little easier."

The Wolves took an early lead in the opening game before the Panthers rallied for the win. Onamia then held off Milaca bids in the next two games.

Milaca senior Casey Carlson was 25-for-27 on hits, with 10 kills, and 7-10 serving, with one ace while sophomore Erin Rice was 20-20 on hits, with three kills and 7-8 serving, with one ace and junior Lyz Tesch was 29-31 hitting, with six kills and 6-6 serving, with one ace.

Senior Denae Gahm was 19-26 on hits, with seven kills, and 7-10 serving, with two aces and junior Kari Morris was 7-7 hitting and 11-11 serving. Sophomore Jenni Ringgaard was 5-5 hitting, with one kill, and 14-14 serving, with two aces, while also notching 20 set assists. Junior Eleeya Larsen was 5-5 serving.

Milaca finished the season with a 1-8 Rum River Conference record and 6-19 overall record.

Onamia tipped Milaca three times during the season.

In other Sub-Section quarter-final matches Oct. 24, Pierz stopped seventh-seeded Braham 15-5, 15-5, 15-4, top-seeded Moose Lake-Willow River trimmed eighth-seeded Rush City 15-1, 15-1, 15-4 and fourth-seeded Hinckley-Finlayson stopped fifth-seeded East Central 15-4, 6-15, 15-8, 15-5.

Moose Lake-Willow River was scheduled to meet Hinckley-Finlayson in Tuesdayís other semifinal match.

The championship match is scheduled tonight (Thursday) at Mora at 7 oíclock.

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