GRANTSBURG – In a matter of nine sets, the Grantsburg volleyball team earned another regional title and another shot at St. Croix Falls.
The Pirates face the Saints – the team responsible for two of their five losses this season – in their sectional opener on Thursday, after rolling through their first three postseason matches.
Grantsburg started with a three-set win (25-10, 25-5, 25-9) over Chequamegon on Oct. 22. Hanne Johnson had seven kills, four aces and three assists; Sadye Bunting had seven digs; Ellie Duncan had 13 assists and four aces while Olivia Ohnstad had five digs and four kills.
In their second of three postseason wins, the Pirates earned their third win (25-18, 25-15, 25-22) over Webster this season on Oct. 24 and earned a matchup with Colfax for the regional title. Johnson had 22 digs, 19 kills and 12 assists for Grantsburg; Duncan had 19 assists and eight digs; Ohnstad had 18 digs and nine kills. Kaitlyn Lee had 12 assists, three kills and two aces for Webster; Torrance Wols had 15 digs; Kelsey Kidder had 14 digs; Ava Washburn had seven kills and Summer Winkler had 11 digs and six kills.
Grantsburg hosted the regional final on Saturday and after claiming a close first set (25-23), the home team secured the regional title with wins in the next two sets (25-13, 25-21). Johnson had 18 kills, 13 digs and nine assists; Raisa Jensen had 24 digs; Duncan had 23 assists and 10 digs while Ohnstad had nine kills and nine digs.
The Pirates now go on the road for a rematch with St. Croix Falls at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
Before getting bumped from the postseason by Grantsburg, the Tigers earned a four-set win over Cumberland. They won the first two sets by 25-19 scores, but Cumberland remained alive by claiming the third set 25-23. Webster then extended its season by a match with a 25-16 win in the fourth set.
Kaitlyn Lee had 27 assists for the Tigers; Hannah Janssen had 15 assists and five aces; Kelsey Kidder had 15 digs and four aces while Brooke Hetfeld and Hannah McDowell had 12 kills each.
The Dragons managed to claim a set in their regional opener against Luck, but the Cardinals won the final two sets to end Siren’s season.
After the Cardinals won the opening set 25-13, the Dragons responded with a 25-19 win in the second. Luck then won another close set (25-18) before cruising to a win in the fourth set (25-4).