Viking girls beat Big Lake

NB volleyball earns three seed

The Viking volleyball team ended its regular season on a high note with a 3-1 win on the road over Big Lake Oct. 15.

North Branch came out swinging by recording 57 kills, the squad’s second-highest kill amount this fall since a five-set win over Elk River earlier in the season.

Defense was also a key component in the victory — the Vikings dug 63 attacks on the night.

Leading North Branch was sophomore outside hitter Courtney Selbitschka with 21 kills and 10 digs, followed by junior middle hitter Katy Trunk with 13 kills, three blocks and six digs.

Maddy Kunshier recorded eight kills, four aces and nine digs on the outside, while senior middle hitter Ceyerra Kraemer put away seven kills.

Sophomore setter Morgen Coleman racked up the set assists with 32 to accompany her four kills and two blocks, while Cassie Kunshier earned 21 digs. Junior Hannah Hubbard added four kills, three blocks and two aces.

With the conclusion of its regular season, North Branch earned the No. 3 seed in Section 7AAA behind top-seeded Cambridge-Isanti and second-seeded Grand Rapids.

Due to a top-four seeding, the Vikings earned a bye in the first round as well as a home match when opening their postseason at 7 p.m. Oct. 25.

North Branch will play the winner of the first round matchup between Chisago Lakes (6th seed) and Duluth East (11th seed). The Wildcats are 12-15 this season, including a 3-1 loss to the Vikings, while the Greyhounds are 7-18.

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