GRANTSBURG – Area volleyball teams weren’t able to catch St. Croix Falls in the Lakeland West standings but they’re hoping for another shot.
Because advancing in the WIAA Division 3 postseason likely means another matchup with the Saints, after they finished the conference season with a 12-0 record and claimed a No. 1 seed in sectional play. Grantsburg was runner-up in the conference and was seeded No. 2, Webster was No. 7; Siren drew a No. 11 seed in its Division 4 sectional.
The Pirates ended the 2019 regular season with a 10-2 in-conference record and had a chance in the final week of the regular season to avenge a loss to St. Croix Falls earlier in the season and give both teams an 11-1 conference record. That chance came at home on Oct. 15 and the Saints spoiled the plan by winning in four sets (25-15, 25-23, 11-25, 25-23).
Hanne Johnson had 23 digs, 13 kills and 11 assists for the Pirates; Ellie Duncan had 14 assists; Emma Quimby had 24 digs and Raisa Jensen added 21 digs.
Grantsburg couldn’t get the comeback win in their first match last week but stopped Unity from getting one on Thursday. The Pirates hosted the Eagles and won the first two sets (25-19, 25-17) and were one set win from concluding the regular season. But that one additional set had to wait a bit.
Unity tied the match by winning the third and fourth sets (25-22, 25-18), requiring the Pirates to take a 15-11 win in the tiebreaker set for the decision. Olivia Ohnstad had 31 digs and 18 kills for Grantsburg; Johnson had 19 kills and 23 digs; Jensen had 30 digs and Duncan had 20 assists.
The Pirates finished the regular season with a 26-5 overall record and drew a matchup with Chequamegon in their postseason opening round this week, for the right to host the winner of the Webster-Cumberland match this Thursday.
The Tigers entered this week’s playoff opener against Cumberland having won their prior two matches to end the regular season.
On Oct. 15, they earned a three-set home win (25-13, 25-18, 25-7) over Siren. Kaitlyn Lee had 15 assists and 12 digs; Hannah Janssen had 11 assists; Brooke Hetfeld had 14 kills and Summer Winkler had five aces for the Tigers.
That win brought Webster within a match of a .500 in-conference record and it reached the break-even mark on Thursday with a three-set win (25-12, 25-21, 25-5), improving to 6-6 in the Lakeland Conference. Ava Washburn had 13 kills; Kelsey Kidder had seven digs and five aces; Torrance Wols had 12 digs and Lee had 19 assists.
Webster entered the postseason with a 17-12 overall record.
With their loss to Webster in their regular season finale, the Dragons finished the Lakeland season with a 2-10 record and were 3-11 overall. They entered the playoffs on a three-match skid.