Volleyball season concludes for Bulletin-area teams

Section volleyball playoffs kicked off last week and all three Bulletin-area high school teams were in action. One of them picked up a victory but none were able to extend their seasons to this week.

Irondale

The Knights were the 11th seed in Section 4AAA and opened the post-season with a match against sixth-seeded Mahtomedi out of the Metro East Conference. The Zephyrs ended the Knights' season with a three-set victory 25-20, 25-21, 25-18.

Mahtomedi went on to lose in three sets to third-seeded North St. Paul in the semifinals.

Irondale finishes the season with a record of 9-17. The Knights earned three of those victories in one day as they went 3-1 at a tournament in Mora on Oct. 3. Irondale took down PACT Charter, Greenway and Legacy Christian Academy after dropping the opening match to Aitkin.

Mounds View

Stringing wins together was difficult for the Mustangs this season but they did manage a couple of two-game winning streaks. One of them happened last week.

After closing out the regular season with a victory over Woodbury, Mounds View went into the Section 4AAA playoffs facing those same Royals in the first round. The Mustangs made it two straight victories over Woodbury by beating the Royals 25-14, 25-14, 25-21.

The win sent Mounds View to the quarterfinals, where top-seeded Roseville awaited. The Raiders are the three-time defending section champions and the favorite to advance to state again this year.

That fact didn't seem to faze Mounds View too much as the Mustangs battled gamely through the first three sets. Roseville took the first set but Mounds View rebounded to take set No. 2 and give the Raiders a scare in the third.

Roseville proved to be too much in the end, however, and closed out the match in four sets 25-17, 21-25, 25-20, 25-12.

The set that Mounds View took from Roseville was only the fifth set the Raiders lost in best-of-five set matches this season.

Mounds View finishes the season with a record of 11-17.

St. Anthony Village

The Huskies, as the 11th seed in Section 5AA, faced sixth-seeded Mound Westonka in the first round last week. The White Hawks beat St. Anthony in three sets in the second match of the season back in August and repeated that feat in the playoffs.

St. Anthony kept things close in the first set but couldn't keep Mound from gaining momentum as the match progressed. The White Hawks won the match 25-19, 25-13, 25-10 to end the Huskies’ season.

St. Anthony finishes the season with a record of 5-19. The Huskies got wins this season over St. Agnes, Brooklyn Center, South St. Paul, Minneapolis Henry and Columbia Heights.

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

 

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