The Irish came into playoffs with a record of 20-8. Already having a successful season, the team strived to advance their winning record. Carrying momentum from their last game, the Irish played an aggressive game and added another win, when they played the Blake Bears Thursday, Oct. 25.
Game one was a start of a great match for the Irish. They showed all their skills and made the Bears work for every point. Playing tough, they won the set 25-11.
Maple Lake also won game two, 25-8. The Irish were really playing well, leaving little room for error. "We played really well as a team and our communication was great," said junior Jillian Goelz.
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Coming off an important and exciting win the previous Tuesday where the Irish won the title of Central Minnesota Conference Champions, the team carried their momentum into their Oct. 20 game at home. Maple Lake faced the Zimmerman Thunder and once again came out on top.
In the first set, the Irish looked prepared. They came out with strong serves and really performed well at the net. The Thunder had weak passing and had difficulty playing the ball back. Maple Lake continued their strength through game one and beat Zimmerman 25-22.
The Irish only improved after game one. In game two the team really came together. With great effort and communication, the Irish played the ball back at full force and made the Thunder fight for every point they earned. Maple Lake had an aggressive game two, Zimmerman failed to earn enough points and the Irish won 25-12.
The Irish girls won the Benilde-St. Margaret Tournament on Saturday. Pictured: (front) Maya Ortiz, Kelsie Kelm, Taylor Pilger, (second) Emily Webb, Olivia Marquette, Jordyn Trager, Chloe Callahan, Anna Treptau, (back) head coach Marty Kiebel, Morgan Sheiber, Brooklyn Toedter, Jenni Pomije, Linsey Rachel, Jillian Goelz, Maddy Neu and coach Amy Voigt.
Taylor Pilger gets a dig in the Irish’s win over Sartell-St. Stephen.