Concordia Academy volleyball among the elite in Class AA

The Concordia Academy volleyball team should be well-rested when it begins its quest for a second-consecutive trip to the state tournament. The Beacons close out the regular season on Tuesday and don't start section playoffs for two weeks.

Concordia Academy is likely to be the favorite to emerge from Section 5AA. The Beacons swept the second-best team in the section, DeLaSalle, two weeks ago.

Concordia Academy enters its final match of the regular season having already secured at least a share of the Tri-Metro Conference championship. The Beacons knocked off St. Anthony Village and Brooklyn Center last week to remain unbeaten in conference play at 8-0.

St. Croix Lutheran trails Concordia by a game in the standings and the two teams face off on Tuesday. A Beacons victory gives them the title outright while a Crusaders win means a shared championship.

The last time Concordia and St. Croix met, it was for the 2014 Section 4AA title. The Beacons won that match in five sets.

Concordia was ranked third in last week's Class AA rankings put out by the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association. Of the Beacons' six losses this season, only two have come against teams from Class AA; the other four were to Class AAA teams.

Roseville

Like Concordia Academy, the Raiders enter this week with a one-game lead in their conference. Roseville is 5-0 in Suburban East Conference play while Stillwater and East Ridge both have one loss each.

Following a whirlwind 10 days that saw them play 11 matches, the Raiders took it easy last week with just one match. They knocked off Woodbury in three sets.

Roseville has two weeks left on its schedule that includes three conference matches and a tournament. The Raiders travel to Mounds View on Tuesday before trekking to Moorhead for a tournament on Friday.

The Raiders close out the regular season next week with home matches against Stillwater and White Bear Lake on Oct. 20 and 22, respectively.

Barring a stumble in the final two weeks, Roseville has a good shot at the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Section 4AAA playoffs. The Raiders have been to the past three state tournaments and in none of those years were they the top seed in the section. They were seeded No. 2 last year and in 2013 and fourth in 2012.

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

 

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