Beacons volleyball takes second at state

Erin Fallert
Erin Fallert
Elisabeth Tramm
Elisabeth Tramm

The Concordia Academy volleyball team closed out its most successful season in almost 30 years with a runner-up finish at the Class AA state tournament. The last time the Beacons finished higher than that was in 1987.

Concordia Academy entered the tournament as the No. 2 seed and took care of unseeded Hermantown (25-13, 25-14, 25-18) and third-seeded Rocori (25-10, 25-21, 25-20) in the first two rounds. That left only top-seeded Belle Plaine standing in the Beacons' way.

Concordia Academy got off to a fast start in the finals by jumping out to an 11-1 lead but Belle Plaine responded with a 19-3 run to take a 20-14 lead. Belle Plaine eventually led by as many as eight and won the first set 25-20.

Game two was tighter as neither team led by more than five points and there were 11 ties. With the set even at 24-24, Belle Plaine recorded two straight kills to take the set 26-24.

Concordia Academy led game three by as many as five points (8-3) in the early stages but Belle Plain rallied to tie it at 9-9. The Beacons' last lead in the set came at 13-12 and the last tie was 17-17 before Belle Plaine went on an 8-3 run to close out the match.

A pair of Beacons — Erin Fallert and Elisabeth Tramm — landed on the all-tournament team. Fallert led Concordia Academy with 10 kills against Belle Plaine and Clara Paul added eight while Tramm paced the Beacons with 24 set assists.

Fallert finished the tournament with 34 kills in three matches and Paul added 24. Tramm led the team with 91 set assists and Anika Neuman led the team with 11 blocks.

Fallert also had a team-high 40 digs while Rachel TerHaar added 30.

Concordia Academy closed out its season with a record of 27-7 and had winning streaks of 11 and nine matches. The Beacons went 5-1 in the post-season and didn't drop a set in the five victories.

Only the Beacons' 1984 and 1987 state championship teams finished higher than this year's Concordia Academy volleyball squad.

—Brian Meyers


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