The Rebels beat Crookston to advance to the Sub-Section Semifinals.
GLYNDON - Crookston came into the section tournament ranked as the seventh seed setting them up for a tough match against the second-seeded Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels. The Rebels handled the three sets sweeping the Pirates and advanced to the sub-section semifinals.
The first set was all DGF as the Rebels jumped out to a quick 9-1 lead and later extended their lead to 20-2. The Pirates scored a few more points before the Rebels reached 25 to win set one 25-6.
“Today I saw some nerves for one of the first times ever,” Head Coach Ashley Stopa said on the first set. “But they picked it up, they started talking and they just kept moving for every ball.”
Crookston came out much better in the second set grabbing a 5-1 lead capped off by a Rachel Hefta kill. A net violation gave the Pirates a 7-2 lead and Katelyn Wagner ended a Rebels run with a kill to keep Crookston in front 8-6.
A 4-1 run by the Rebels gave them their first lead of the set at 10-9. From that point, DGF outscored Crookston 15-6 en route to their second set win and putting them one set away from moving on.
“We calmed down a lot from that first set,” Stopa said. “We just started playing our game. That first set was not us at all.”
The Pirates kept it close for the first half of the third set. Wagner earned a block to keep Crookston close at 10-7, Teagen Carlstrom recorded an ace to make it 15-9 and Hefta tallied another kill to put the Pirates down 15-11.
The Pirates could not inch any closer as the Rebels closed out the match with a 10-4 run winning 25-15 and eliminating Crookston from the tournament.
The Pirates end the year with a record of 5-15-3 and will say goodbye to five seniors.
“It’s hard as a coach to lose them and it’s hard as a player to play that last game,” Stopa said. “They’ll definitely be missed.”