Vikings fall to Bluejackets on the road
Following a 3-2 loss on the road to Cambridge-Isanti last Tuesday, the Viking volleyball girls rallied back two days later to take down Monticello in five sets.
North Branch was on track to sweep the Magic in sets one and two, winning 25-17 and 25-22, but backed off a little too much in sets three and four, according to head coach Mike Selbitschka.
“We just came out on fire, then relaxed a little there,” Selbitschka said. “But we got our energy level back, put up some great blocks and ran a really good offense.”
After falling 25-21, 26-24 in the next two sets, North Branch put it away in set five, winning decisively at 15-8.
Selbitschka said the squad showed its ability to make big plays in the middle of the deciding set. Following a stray pass, sophomore Cassie Kunshier made a stellar play to keep the ball in play, then sophomore setter Morgen Coleman popped it over the net. Junior Katy Trunk took charge with a block kill to jumpstart a point run, closing the match.
Leading the Vikings was sophomore Courtney Selbitschka with 19 kills, 20 digs and three aces, followed by junior Maddy Kunshier with eight kills, 12 digs and three aces.
Trunk put away seven kills, two blocks and an ace while fellow middle hitter and senior Ceyerra Kraemer earned six kills and three blocks.
Coleman recorded 32 set assists, four blocks and three aces. Senior libero Cassie Kunshier added 17 digs.
The win brought the Vikings overall record to 18-7, while bumping them to 4-4 in the Mississippi Eight Conference. The girls are currently fourth in the conference, and sit at third in Section 7AAA with a 7-3 record. Grand Rapids leads at 24-2 overall, followed by the Bluejackets at 19-7.
North Branch closed its season on the road at Big Lake on Tuesday.