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Published November 07 2010

High school volleyball playoffs: Rebels fall to Wadena

HAWLEY, Minn. – The Wadena-Deer Creek volleyball team’s dominance is becoming legend.

The Wolverines entered the Minnesota Class 2A, Section 8 final with 29 wins, no losses and an unbelievable two sets dropped all season.

Let’s repeat that: Two sets lost in 29 matches.

And the trend continued Saturday night.

Brittney Noon had 12 kills and six blocks to lead Wadena-Deer Creek to a 25-23, 25-10, 25-13 win against Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton in the section finals at Hawley High School.

“We did very well last year,” said Noon, whose team also defeated D-G-F for the section title a year ago. “But this is the year. The chemistry of the team and how people act on the team is great. When someone gets down we pick them right back up again. It’s just awesome.”

The Rebels (24-6) gave the Wolverines all they could handle in the first set.

Solid play at the net by Kaylee Pender and Jade Tigue, and some errors by Wadena-Deer Creek put D-G-F ahead 12-9 out of the gate.

But the Wolverines never buckled.

Noon kept firing bullets to the floor until momentum shifted.

Once things began rolling Wadena-Deer Creek’s way it never stopped.

“We knew we would have to play a good game to match up with them,” D-G-F coach Tessa Tysver said. “I thought we came out really strong in that first match and we played right with them. It was just a couple of points here and there. It’s just kind of a struggle to get back into it once you get down a little bit.”

Wadena-Deer Creek (30-0) bolted to big leads in each of the last two sets.

Each time, the Rebels mustered up a small run. But the damage was done.

There was no coming back against the Wolverines’ “Machine.”

“We compare ourselves to a machine,” Noon said. “If some part falls off, the whole team has to pick it back up again. It’s a total team effort.”

Pender led the Rebels with seven kills. Emily Frink finished with six kills.

Wadena-Deer Creek will play during the early session of the first round of the state tournament on Thursday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

“They are strong,” Tysver said of the Wolverines. “I think they are going to make a good run at state and have a chance to contend for the championship.”

D-G-F (kills-blocks-aces): K. Pender 7-1-0, Yliniemi 4-2-0, Ricard 1-1-1, Anderson 0-0-1 (8 assists), Brinkman 0-0-0 (25 digs), Frink 6-1-0, Tigue 1-1-1, Mercil 1-0-0.

WDC: Volkmann 4-4-0 (29 assists), Carlisle 3-0-0, Craig 4-9-0, Crawford 5-0-0, Noon 12-6-0, Miron 8-7-0, Theisen 0-0-0 (14 digs).

Readers can reach Forum reporter Heath Hotzler at (701) 241-5562. Hotzler’s blogs can be found at www.areavoices.com