Pirates claim share on conference title

Coach Deb Allaman-Johnson celebrates in the huddle with her team after defeating St. Croix Falls on Thursday night to win a share of the West Lakeland Conference crown.

Stacy Coy | Sentinel

GRANTSBURG—The Grantsburg Pirates claimed a share of the West Lakeland Conference title after defeating the St. Croix Falls Saints 3-0 on Thursday night by scores of 25-17, 25-22 and 25-19.

Grantsburg shares the crown with the Luck Cardinals. Both teams finished the regular season with 9-1 conference records after splitting their matches this season.

In the win over the Saints, after trading points early in the first set, the Pirates took control and cruised to a 25-17 win.

In the second set, the Pirates jumped out to an early lead with some big hits at the net and great defense. But the Saints would not go away quietly and chipped away at the lead to claw their way back into this game, knotting it up at 21-21. Grantsburg regained control and took the win on a heads-up tip by Olivia Ohnstad for the final point.

The third set was a 25-19 win for the Pirates with Kenna Johnson putting down the final point with a booming hit to seal the win.

“We celebrate the 28th conference championship for the Grantsburg volleyball team,” Pirates coach Deb Allaman-Johnson said. “Winning conference titles these days is no cake walk like it was several times in the 90s and early 2000s. It’s a pretty big deal now as all of these schools have youth programs and elite players competing for club teams. It is an honor to share with Luck, and I’m thankful they were able to hold on through the end despite the loss of one of their stars.”

Johnson led the offense with 11 big kills for the night. Randi Siebenthal had a great night racking up eight kills, as did Linda Harmon who tallied five. Brooke Quimby and Ohnstad had three each and Rachel Tooze had two.

Charli Siebenthal was the assist leader with 18 and Kenzie Rombach was next with six.

Defensively, libero Jenna McNally flew around the court to make plays, racking up 14 digs for the night. Randi Siebenthal had seven, followed by Harmon with six and Quimby with four.

Quimby had a nice night at the net putting up three big blocks. Rachel Tooze and Randi Siebenthal added two blocks each, and Johnson had one.

Grantsburg’s serving was on point this night with the Siebenthal sisters each recording three ace serves.

The Pirates received a No. 1 seed in the Division 3 playoff bracket, and will have a bye the opening round. They will host the winner of the Cumberland vs Chequamegon game on Thursday night. Game time is 7 p.m.