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Woodbury volleyball: Royals rebound at St. Michael-Albertville tourney

Talk about a roller coaster of emotions for the Woodbury volleyball team.

Head coach Linda Crum acknowledged last week how important it was for her team to defeat Stillwater and Mounds View, two Suburban East Conference rivals. Unfortunately, the Royals were unable to do that, moving their SEC record to 3-3 and overall record to 3-8. More bad news came for the Royals on Friday, as they played Hopkins and Benilde-St. Margaret's in the St. Michael-Albertville tournament. The Royals went 0-4 in four sets to start the tournament with two losses.

Crum was able to rally her team, though, as the Royals played near perfect on Saturday, going 3-0, defeating Souris, Hastings and Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in six sets.

The Royals now sit at 6-10 overall, with a 3-3 SEC record. Woodbury trails Cretin-Derham Hall (16-3, 6-0 SEC), Stillwater (6-0, 15-5), East Ridge (5-1, 12-7) and Roseville (5-2, 15-5) in the SEC standings, respectively. The team finds itself in a three-way tie with Mounds View and Forest Lake. After last week's victory over Woodbury, Mounds View holds the tie-breaker.

Woodbury has plenty of time to climb the rankings, but it won't be easy. On Oct. 9, the Royals will host first-place Cretin-Derham Hall and on Oct. 11, they travel to East Ridge.

Another tournament is in store for the Royals as well next weekend, as the team travels to Eastview. Expected to play in the tournament is Eden Prairie, Stewartville, Spring Lake Park, Shakopee, St. Michael-Albertville, East Ridge, Chaska, Blaine, Andover, Prior Lake and Bloomington Jefferson.

If the Royals could split with Cretin-Derham Hall and East Ridge during the week and put in a solid showing in the Eastview tournament, they could put themselves in prime position to make a run during sections. In high school sports, it's not always about the record of the teams, but instead the confidence and teamwork.

The Royals hope that will be enough.