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East Ridge volleyball: Raptors upset Stillwater, stay alive

With two big wins in the Section 4AAA tournament, the East Ridge volleyball team is two wins away from the state tournament.

The East Ridge volleyball team began tournament play on Tuesday night at home against 11th seeded White Bear Lake with a clean sweep. The sixth-seeded Raptors defeated White Bear Lake 3-0, by scores of 25-12, 25-13 and 25-13 in front of the home crowd at the Raptors' Nest.

Senior Tess Kelzenberg led her team with 11 digs and three aces to get the East Ridge faithful thinking about a state tournament run. Senior Margaret Eggert led the team with 12 kills.

The Raptors followed their first round win with an upset over Stillwater, who was the No. 3 seed for the Section 4AAA tournament. In a 5-game barn-burner, the Raptors really gelled as a team and kept their composure to defeat the Ponies 25 - 19, 23 - 25, 14 - 25, 25 - 20, 15 - 13 on Thursday night on Stillwater's home court.

Eggert led again in kills with 24 and added 18 digs for the Raptors, while junior Maddie Christenson record a team-high 21 digs and had 15 kills of her own.

The win was the second time the Raptors defeated Stillwater in 10 days, and East Ridge won another 5-game battle in the regular season on Tuesday, Oct. 16.

East Ridge faces off against the No. 2-seeded North St. Paul Polars on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Cretin-Derham Hall.

The next game for the Raptors would be Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. at St. Paul Washington against the winner of No. 4 Roseville and No. 1 Cretin-Derham Hall.