Roseville volleyball rolls past Mounds View

Lucas Ailport

sports intern

 

The third-ranked Roseville Raiders hosted the sixth-ranked Mounds View Mustangs on Oct. 25 in Section 4AAA girls volleyball quarterfinal action. 

Roseville swept Mounds View in three sets to advance to the semifinals. 

The Mustangs held tight with the Raiders, matching Roseville's intensity. But after the first two sets, Mounds View fell into the same funk it has faced all year; playing two complete sets, and sputtering when it comes to the third. The Mustangs fell short 25-22, 25-16 and 25-12. 

“We played one of our best defensive matchups of the year,” Roseville head coach Greg Ueland said. “We were scrappy, we fought for every ball and very rarely we let the ball hit the ground.”

From the get-go, the Raiders were ready for the match, and certainly played like it would have been their last. Roseville players were diving across the floor, making desperation moves to keep the ball in play. Credit to Mounds View for making some spectacular plays as well.  

The mentality of “win or go home” was in the air, and both teams understood what was on the line. The Raiders did a tremendous job with setting up the attack and blocking shots, while the Mustangs tried to stay relentless. 

“We have a ton of respect for Mounds View because of how balanced they are, No. 1, and No. 2, they run a pretty fast offense,” said Ueland.

Scoring went back and forth to start the match, but it wasn't long before each team began going on its own runs.

Roseville went on a run that brought the score to 17-11 by the time Mounds View called a timeout; the Mustangs fought back to bring it to 20-19 before Roseville called its timeout. It was a nail-biter through the first set, but the Raiders held on. 

To start the second set the girls held true to the name of the game, with streaking volleys back and forth. By the time Mounds View called its first timeout, though, the Raiders already had a 7-2 jump. 

Despite being down, the Mustangs continued to find ways to go on small runs. Mounds View got within two points of Roseville before the Raiders started to run away with the second set. 

The third set was controlled by Roseville from start to finish. Roseville got up 12-3 and Mounds View never caught up. 

Mounds View beat St. Paul-Central on Oct. 23 in three straight sets to play Roseville. Unfortunately, the loss against the Raiders will be the Mustangs' last match of the season. Mounds View finished the year with a 10-13 record. 

Roseville went to North High School on Oct. 29 to face the Polars, a game played after press time. The Polars are a tough team, with a current record of 24-2. North has been a team that's been ranked among the top ten teams in the state for a majority of the season. North also beat Roseville in three sets on Sept. 12. 

“It'll be a good opportunity to be able to play them again,” Ueland said. “North does all the little things well, they pass extremely well, they have great a defense and they just hit smart. You just have to be your best self, and that's where you want to be this time of the year.”

The winner of the Roseville vs. North matchup advances to the section finals on Nov. 1 to face the winner of the match between first-seeded Stillwater and fifth-seeded Centennial. 

 

–Lucas Ailport can be reached at roseville@lillienews.com.

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