Volleyball heads to State as Section 6AA champs


Irish players erupt from their seats as their teammates on the court clinch another point against the Rocori Spartans. The Irish defeated the No. 2 seeded Spartans 3-0 at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School to win the Section 6AA South Subsection title, Thursday, Nov. 3. The win advanced them on to the final round where they met the winner of the North Subsection, Sauk Centre. (Photo by Mary Scheiber) 

The Maple Lake volleyball team is headed to state for the fifth time in six years after defeating Section 6AA No. 1 north subsection seed Sauk Centre, Saturday, Nov. 5, at Halenbeck Hall.
The Irish traveled to St. Cloud State University for the final game of a week-long marathon that saw them to wins over Annandale and Rocori before finally defeating the Mainstreeters 3-1, Saturday. The Irish will head to the Excel Energy Center as the No. 2 seed to face Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10, on court two.
Maple Lake, the south subsection No. 1 seed, kicked off its winning spree on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at home when the team took on Annandale, the No. 5 seed.
Amber Klug led the Irish to a 3-0 win, serving 13-for-16 over the Cardinals with five aces. She also had nine kills, 11 assists and one dig.
Game scores were 25-18, 25-15 and 25-16.
Olivia Marquette went seven-for-10 serving with two aces, 13 assists and two digs for the Irish; Linsey Rachel went six-foreight serving with one ace, 10 kills and five digs; Morgan Scheiber was 14-for14 serving with seven digs; Brynn Paumen went eight- for-nine serving with three aces and three kills; Mollie Scheiber went nine-for-14 serving with two aces, two kills and 10 digs; Kaleigh Beehler had five kills; Kora Fuller went two-for-three serving with one dig; and Brielle Paumen had two kills.

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