Many teams celebrate milestone wins with Gatorade showers or by popping bottles of champagne, but not the Elks.
After Elk River (15-15) defeated Andover (14-16) 3-1 in the Section 7-3A semifinal on Tuesday night, the Elks congratulated head coach Theresa Brummer on her 100th victory as head coach of Elk River with cupcakes and bottles of Mountain Dew. Brummer has been head coach of the Elks since the 2013 season but has been a volleyball coach since 1987. Brummer was an assistant coach with the Elks from 1990 to 2002 and during the 2012 season as well.
“Brummer has helped the team come together this year,” senior setter Elle Cotton said. “She’s a great coach.”
Facing a hostile Andover student section, Elk River took the first set 25-17, but the Huskies responded. Andover tied the match by winning the second set 25-15. After a brief, three-minute intermission, the Elks refocused and went on to take the third set 25-17.
With a chance to win the match in the fourth set, Andover survived multiple match-point chances from the Elks to make it 24-20. Finally, Elk River ended the match, winning the third set 25-20 and shocking the Andover student section. The Elk River students and fans who drove more than 20 miles to watch the match cheered and congratulated the Elks on a job well done.
After the public address announcer revealed that Brummer had won her 100th game, out came a batch of cupcakes and Mountain Dew. Parents and players congratulated Brummer. The bucket of Mountain Dew bottles included a congratulatory card.
Brummer said she knew that playing on the road would be a challenge.
“This gym has always got a lot of energy,” Brummer said. “We look forward to it and feed on it, so this is amazing.”
Offensive Player of the Match
Cotton had 15 kills on 36 attempts. Her 15 kills were her most since Sept. 5 when she had 20 against Spring Lake Park.
Defensive Player of the Match
Senior setter Clare Hilary had a season-high 23 digs on Tuesday night. She has averaged around 10 digs per match.
Elk River will face Forest Lake (20-8) in the Section 6-4A final on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Andover High School. The winner will advance to the Class 4A state tournament. The Rangers defeated the Elks 3-0 on Sept. 10.
Brummer said making the section final is what she has been working towards for the past seven seasons.
“We know Forest Lake’s going to be super tough,” Brummer said. “We’re going to need to do our homework.”