After earning a bye in the first round of section play, the No. 4 section seeded North Branch volleyball team froze the No. 5 Andover Huskies 3-2 (25-22, 25-20, 23-25, 16-25, 15-12) in a section quarterfinal home match last Friday.
Taylor Fertig slammed down 16 kills, Courtney Selbitschka recorded 14, while Jessica Merchant and Annamarie Zack both had eight.
Emily Trunk had 38 assists on the night, while Zack and Taylor Spence had four aces behind the serving line.
“North Branch jumped to a quick two game lead, and then had a hard time keeping the ball in the court in the beginning of the third set,” said coach Hayley Lang. “We made too many mistakes in a row, and then it was too hard to come back from the deficit, although the kids battled and created momentum for the rest of the match. The five game matches are really when conditioning and making smart decisions pay off, and the players were very well prepared.”
The Vikings volleyball team ended the regular season tied for second in the North Suburban Conference with a 6-2 conference record and now has a 14-7 overall record.
As of press time, the team was set to battle No. 1 section seeded Anoka on Tuesday, Oct. 30. If the Vikings win, the girls will advance to the Section 7AAA Championship at Andover High School to face the winner of the Elk River/St. Francis match. Check Scoreboard Plus at ecmpostreview.com for updates and links to section brackets.