East Ridge continued its march through a rugged schedule and outfought a talented Rosemount volleyball team in a thrilling five-set home win Wednesday. The Raptors lost the first and fourth sets, but eventually prevailed 14-25, 25-23, 25-23, 21-25 and 15-9 against the visiting Irish. East Ridge improved to 9-5 on the season. Rosemount dropped to 11-7.
A somewhat disappointing volleyball season for the Park Wolfpack just got a whole lot better Tuesday night. Park topped visiting Woodbury in straight sets – the first non-tournament win for the Wolfpack over the Royals in at least five seasons. And not only did the Wolfpack win; they did so convincingly, recording a 28-26, 25-19 and 25-20 victory. It was a sweet triumph for the 10 seniors on the Park varsity.
A veteran South Washington County Thunderbolts team that features seven returning starters looked the part as they opened the home season with an easy win Monday. The Thunderbolts romped past visiting Minneapolis Edison 18-1, going to 2-0 on the season. South Washington County opened the season with a 6-2 win over North/Tartan in the newly formulated CI South division.
For a half, it was the Christians beating the Lions. Unfortunately for the New Life Academy Eagles, they crashed and burned after the break. Visiting powerhouse SMB trailed the Eagles 6-3 at the half, but rallied for a hard-fought 31-19 victory at Park High School Friday. SMB improved to 4-0. New Life fell to 2-2.
Woodbury’s Royals got a much-needed volleyball win Thursday night. And a rousing one at that. The Royals came out fired up and never let up in sweeping visiting White Bear Lake in three sets, 25-12, 25-13 and 25-21. It was one of Woodbury’s best wins of the season, dating back to a win over Hastings in the second game of the season. Woodbury improved to 4-7 on the season and 1-1 in the Suburban East Conference. White Bear Lake dropped to 3-10 and 0-1.
Playing Woodbury always seems to bring out the best in East Ridge. The Raptors filed another chapter in their recent dominance of the cross-town volleyball series, sweeping the visiting Royals 25-12, 25-12 and 25-21 in three games Tuesday. It was the sixth straight win in the series for the Raptors and the fifth consecutive three-game sweep of Woodbury. The Royals haven’t beaten the Raptors in volleyball since taking a 3-2 decision during the 2011 regular season.
New Life Academy turned back a fired-up Maranatha Christian Academy squad Monday for its third straight win. The Eagles won games one and two 25-16 and 25-21 before dropping the third, 21-25. That sparked the Mustangs, but the Eagles survived their opponents’ best shot to win the fourth handily, 25-13.
East Ridge improved to 5-2 in dual meets with a seven-match sweep of visiting Park Tuesday afternoon in girls tennis. The Raptors dropped just two games in the seven matches. “I think we all played pretty well,” said East Ridge assistant coach Suzie Heideman. “Everybody stood out and served well and were able to close out.”
Woodbury’s offense got the better of Minneapolis South all night, but it was a defensive gem which brought the house down. The Royals won their third straight volleyball match Thursday, disposing of the visiting Minneapolis South Tigers 27-25, 25-13 and 25-12. Woodbury improved to 3-1 on the season with the win.
Woodbury improved to 7-1 on the season with a seven-match sweep of visiting Park Thursday afternoon in girls tennis. At No. 1 singles, Woodbury’s Maura Stevenson blanked Park’s Maddie Reckinger, 6-0, 6-0. Woodbury coach Brandon Heath praised the play of Leah Stroebel at No. 4 singles.