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Chris Murphy, Published November 07 2013

Fillmore Central knocks off Ada-Borup in the state volleyball quarterfinals

ST. PAUL – Ada-Borup scratched, clawed and fought, but it just wasn’t enough to get by top-seeded Fillmore Central at the Minnesota Class 1A state volleyball quarterfinals Thursday at the Xcel Energy Center.

The Cougars used a huge run to take Set 1, but the Falcons shook off the jitters of their first-ever state appearance in any girls sport and won the match 19-25, 25-16, 25-14, 25-21.

“We probably didn’t hit as aggressively like we did in Game 1,” Ada-Borup coach Ruth Hayden said. “I thought they kind of woke up a little bit. I thought (Taylor) Case started firing from the outside as did (Tori Peterson). They went a little bit more aggressively on the offense than what we did in Games 2, 3 and 4.”

Case finished with 17 kills and 25 digs and Peterson finished with 13 kills, four digs and four blocks to lead Fillmore Central in the final three sets. After dropping Set 1, the Falcons got rid of the jitters and showed why they haven’t lost a match since Sept. 14 and had won 22 straight matches, dropping just three sets during the run.

“It was definitely the jitters,” Peterson said. “We talked about coming together as a team. We weren’t talking. It was our first game up here, so we weren’t going to get down. It was really loud out there and you think you’re talking loud, but really you need to talk 10 times louder. Once we got our first win, it was a lot easier to settle down and get used to the atmosphere.”

At 5-foot-5, Emiley Lindell is one of the smallest players on Ada-Borup (23-9). In Set 1, she was huge. Lindell had four aces and two kills and was the server when the Cougars turned a 17-13 Fillmore Central (34-2) lead into a 21-17 Cougars’ lead en route to the set victory.

The Falcons broke out to a 21-10 lead in Set 2, but the Cougars came back to make it 21-14 before Peterson and Case shut the door with four kills. Set 3 was tied at 12, but the Falcons closed the set on a 13-2 run. The Cougars used a 6-0 run to turn a 21-14 Falcons’ lead into 21-20 in Set 4, but the comeback would get no closer.

“They played like they were capable of playing in the last three games,” Hayden said of Fillmore Central. “Probably in Game 1 our blocking was a little better and we contained the two big hitters. Overall, I thought we played pretty hard, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished.”

Ada-Borup will head to the consolation bracket and take on Nevis (22-10-2) at 1 p.m. today.

“We still get another chance,” Hayden said. “We got a chance to play for consolation champs and that’s our goal. We go up against Nevis, who we lost to in the Moorhead tournament. Even though we lost one here, our goal is to try to win two, rather than going home 0-2.”

A (kills-blocks-aces): Lindell 6-0-5, Lee 5-6-0, Eggen 1-4-0, Stevenson 0-0-1 (15 assists), Merkens 9-1-1 (15 digs), Stranger 1-4-0, Poehler 6-5-0.

F: Sammi 12-1-1, Malley 3-1-2 (46 assists), Peterson 13-4-2, Scheevel 12-3-0, Case 17-1-0 (25 digs), Schultz 0-0-2.


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