THIEF RIVER FALLS - The Central Lakes College Raiders did not win the MCAC state volleyball tournament, but they made sure their season wasn't over.
After falling to Fergus Falls in the opening round 12-25, 19-25, 30-28, 25-21, 18-16 Saturday, the Raiders dominated the consolation bracket to win the consolation championship Sunday.
That made them the second best Northern Division team behind Hibbing, putting them in Saturday's Region 13B championship against Hibbing.
"I was overall really pleased with the way our team played," said Raiders head coach Jane Peterson. "We beat Northland and Mesabi handily. We did some good things defensively and blocked incredibly well. We passed incredibly well. We just need to fine tune a few more offensive things and this team will be right where it needs to be.
"I'm excited we have another chance to play Hibbing. I think they are a team we can beat."
The Raiders' Erica Feldewerd registered 36 kills, 41 digs, six ace serves and five blocks. Jenna Terhaar pounded down 33 kills to go with 29 digs, four ace serves and one block.
CLC beat Northland 3-0 to move to Sunday's consolation championship. That's where they beat Mesabi 3-0.
"We were still playing for something so those next games mattered," said Peterson. "We are consolation championships and that's neat. We get a small trophy for that, but the goal was to be the next highest Northern team and get a chance at Hibbing. That's what we were playing for. That's what the goal was and we did what we needed to do."
Rachel Pfeffer distributed 106 set assists to go with 34 digs, eight kills, six ace serves and five blocks. Kirstie Grill added 25 kills and Kaitlyn Roerick and Elora Meisner both had 16 kills. Meisner added 23 blocks.
Mesabi 13 22 19
Central Lakes 25 25 25
Northland 18 19 18
Central Lakes 25 25 25
Fergus Falls 12 19 30 25 18
Central Lakes 25 25 28 21 16
Central Lakes statistics
Kayla Atkinson 19 digs,
Rachel Pfeffer 8 kills, 5 aces, 34 digs, 2 blocks, 106 set assists
Erica Feldewerd 36 kills, 6 aces, 41 digs, 5 blocks
Elora Meisner 16 kills, 12 blocks
Jenna Terhaar 33 kills, 4 aces, 29 digs, 1 block
Kirstie Grill 25 kills, 2 aces, 7 digs, 6 blocks
Christine Malm 5 aces, 23 digs
Krystle Hamilton 6 aces, 37 digs
Kaitlyn Roerick 16 kills, 6 digs, 6 blocks, 7 set assists
Overall: CLC 17-10. Next: Central Lakes at Hibbing in Region 13B championship 1 p.m. Saturday.
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