Superior finishes third in BRC volleyball tournament
The Superior High School volleyball team finished third at the Big River Conference Invitational Saturday at Eau Claire Memorial.
The Spartans opened play losing to Eau Claire North 2-0 (25-7, 25-19).
“The score of the first set really reflects on my coaching error as I wrote in Dani (Magdzas) and Jess (Lindstrom) in the wrong spots so it screwed up our rotation. They were confused, to say the least,” SHS coach Lori Keute said. “The start of the game was fine, but we trailed 6-9 when we had to rotate and that’s where the trouble started.
“Now I have two middles in the front and I’ve got to make one of them a rightside hitter and my back row is lacking the correct defensive players, as well. It was ugly. Let’s not talk about it anymore.
“The second set we ended up losing 25-19, but it was a better showing, despite still being a little rattled from the first game. We really didn’t get to truly see how we could compete against them.”
The rest of the day was a success for Superior with wins over River Falls (25-19,25-15) and Menomonie (26-24,25-13).
“It was nice to finally see all the BRC teams and to see how we match up,” Keute said. “I was hoping to be playing for first or third place. I wasn’t sure how we’d match up against second-ranked Eau Claire North.”
Jessica Lindstrom led the Spartans at ECM with 16 kills, three ace serves, 11 blocks and 19 digs. Maddie Keute added two ace serves and 12 digs; Taylor Johnson had nine kills and 16 digs; Ally Keute had three ace serves, five kills, 21 digs and three blocks; Ali Wainionpaa chipped in with six ace serves, 27 digs and 51 set assists; Dani Magdzas had five ace serves, 24 kills, six blocks and eight digs; and Amanda Larson had five kills, two block and eight digs.
“I am feeling good about our upcoming match against No 9 ranked Antigo on Thursday,” Keute said. “We played tough against ECM, ranked fifth in our section, although I think that wasn’t their best showing.
“I really feel, there is a lot of parity among those middle ranked teams in our section and that it could be anyone’s game. We have to show up ready to play on Thursday.”
The Spartans wrap up their regular season by hosting Duluth Denfeld at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Superior hosts Antigo in a WIAA regional match at 6 p.m. Thursday.
The Spartans won their first ever Lake Superior Conference championship with a 3-1 (25-18, 20-25, 25-21, 25-20) win at Ashland Thursday night.
Lindstrom had 13 kills, four blocks and 14 digs; Madgzas added 12 kills, five ace serves, two blocks and nine digs and Wainionpaa totaled 35 set assists and seven digs as the Spartans improved to 21-5-1 overall and 6-0 in the LSC.
Superior also got 14 digs and two ace serves from M. Keute; two ace serves, seven kills, two blocks and 15 digs from Taylor Johnson; eight digs and eight digs from A. Keute.
Brittani Brennan had 16 kills, 11 digs and nine service points; Nicole Wiebe had 12 kills and 12 digs; Kaela Huber had 33 set assists and Casey Cashman had 11 digs for Ashland (10-13, 2-4).