A trip north to the Class AA Showcase Tournament at Burnsville wrapped up a pretty successful week for the Caledonia volleyball team as the Warriors reached the championship game against Kasson-Mantorville.
After beating Lewiston-Altura 3-0 at home Sept. 18, Caledonia beat New Richland, Thief River Falls, Jordan and Visitation to advance to the championship game in Burnsville. The Warriors beat New Richland 25-14, 25-17 and Thief River Falls 2-0 25-22, 25-21. Coach Scott Koepke praised the play of the team, saying, “I was very proud of the girls how they battled hard. Winning the first two put us in the championship bracket.”
In the quarter finals Saturday, the Warriors beat Jordan 25-17, 25-21. “They were another tough team with two very good middles,” Koepke said. In the semifinals Caledonia beat Visitation 25-19, 25-19.
“This team passed the serve better than anyone I have seen in awhile,” Koepke added. “The key to the match was our ability to get up good double blocks even though they were passing very well. They also ran a very good, consistent slide and our girls adjusted very well to it.”
In the championship game the Warriors lost to Kasson-Mantorville 15-25, 20-25. Koepke said, “Kasson played very well in this match and deserves a great deal of credit. We competed very well in both sets. The second set we were tied at 20-20 and they just made a few more plays than we did. We learned a lot about ourselves in this match that will help us continue to get better. It was just such a great opportunity to see how we handle struggle. It was fun to see their effort. That would be one thing that stood out for me, is even though we made some mistakes the girls played so hard. The girls had a great weekend and I want to thank all the support we got from family and friends that came to cheer the girls on.”
Caledonia rolled to a 25-15, 25-10, 25-15 win Tuesday night over Lewiston-Altura with Maria Fruechte pounding out 10 kills and a pair of blocks as the Warriors improved to 4-1 in the Three Rivers Conference. After playing at Kingsland Tuesday night Caledonia will host Rushford-Peterson Thursday night.
– Brady Ambrose