Ranked 14th and 15th in the last Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association poll of the season, one figured Wednesday’s match between the longtime Suburban East Conference rivals would be a thriller. It was. Cretin-Derham Hall, ranked 14th, edged East Ridge in a match for the ages, winning 25-15, 25-19, 22-25, 29-31 and 15-11.
Sixth-seeded New Life Academy never got in a groove and dropped a section semifinals match to tenth-ranked Hill-Murray in Maplewood Tuesday night. The host Pioneers won in three games, 25-13, 25-10 and 25-18.
Woodbury’s doubles team of sisters Delaney and Mackenzie Schurhamer won and then lost in the state tennis tournament Thursday, eliminating the team from competition. Playing in the state girls Class 2A doubles tennis tournament Thursday at the Baseline Tennis Center on the University of Minnesota campus, the Schurhamer team won in the first round by defeating Samantha Stephenson and Sydney Stern of Wayzata, 6-4, 6-3.
East Ridge used a big-play offense and a shutout defense to power past Lakeville South 33-0 in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs on Friday. The Raptors, now 7-2, will host Champlin Park (6-3) in the round of 16 on Nov. 4. Champlin Park routed Robbinsdale Armstrong 47-14 Friday to advance. Lakeville South ended its season at 1-8. The 1-8 record was deceptive, however, as the Cougars made the Raptors work hard for their offense Friday.
A delayed senior night ended happily on Thursday as East Ridge blew past Simley and into the Class 3A, Section 3 volleyball semifinals. East Ridge won in straight sets, 25-9, 25-20 and 25-19 to advance. The third-seeded Raptors (21-9) now play rival and second-seeded Cretin-Derham Hall (21-6) in the Section 3AAA volleyball semifinals. That game will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at Prior Lake High School.
New Life Academy easily advanced with a win Wednesday in the Class 2A, Section 4 volleyball quarterfinals, and now the competition gets much tougher. The sixth-seeded Eagles soared past visiting and 11th seeded St. Paul Harding in the first round of section play, winning, 25-14, 25-9, 25-10.
After holding their previous four opponents to a goal each, the South Washington County Thunderbolts finally got their first shutout of the season as the Thunderbolts defeated visiting North/Tartan 9-0 Tuesday afternoon. Converted junior goalie Bryce Smith – a forward for much of his career with the Thunderbolts -- continued his hot play in the net for the Thunderbolts, stopping or deflecting every shot that came close. It was the second win of the season for the Thunderbolts over North/Tartan.
Woodbury’s doubles team of sisters Delaney and Mackenzie Schurhamer lost in the finals of the Class 2A, Section 3 meet, but still qualified for the state tournament next week.
Woodbury’s top doubles team of Delaney and Mackenzie Schurhamer easily advanced to the section tennis finals, but all other area players bowed out Monday afternoon. Playing in the Class 2A, Section 3 semifinals at Lifetime Fitness in Lakeville, the top-seeded Schurhamer sisters defeated unseeded Allie and Greta Prokosch of Henry Sibley 6-3, 6-1 to gain the section finals.
Three area singles players and three doubles teams have survived to this week in the Class 2A, Section 3 individual tennis tournament. Playing at Lifetime Fitness in Lakeville, two East Ridge and one Woodbury singles players advanced to the quarterfinals on Friday.