On Wednesday, Oct. 23, the Magic volleyball team dominated St. Cloud Tech (No. 12 seed) in the first round of the 8AAA section tournament.
The Magic looked confident in their home gym.
The first set was quick and easy 25-7.
Mya Brion got the momentum going with a few of her wicked jump serves. The Tigers had a hard time returning any of them. Unfortunately, this meant Monticello’s offense didn’t get much practice, but it resulted in a score of 13-2.
During that run, Megan Wetter got a kill from the middle and assisted Sam Cotter for a big block.
When it was Tech’s turn to serve again they served out of bounds returning it to the Magic.
Wetter was next to serve and advanced the score 20-4.
Maddy Huschka had some nice digs on unexpected returns by the Tigers and Sydney Lemke had some nice assists to Wetter and Cotter.
Wetter ended the game with a middle hit 25-7.
The second match ended the exact same way as the first, 25-7.
Hally Holker served until it was 4-0 and was setter. Lemke started the set with two kills from the right side.
As the set went on Holker was setting the ball to all positions on the court. The Magic offense was a well-oiled machine. Cotter, Wetter, Lemke, and Kaylee Stegora all had some stellar kills.
Next, Holker hit the Tigers with her famous dump set resulting in a score of 10-3.
A hitter that stood out during the second set was Cotter, she was constant from the outside and had an aggressive approach.
Natalie Emmerich subbed in for Stegora and had a few nice plays during her rotation, including a hit making it 21-7. Huschka put the second set to rest a few points later with an ace.
The third and final set was surprisingly competitive.
Cotter was constant again from the outside, but other parts of Monticello’s offense was lacking. Emmerich subbed in the game and had a kill right away to make it 13-4.
A slew of mistakes by Monticello including missed serves and unreturned serves from Tech led the score to 18-12.
The Magic didn’t look worried, but Coach Beth Modaff called a timeout to regroup the girls.
The offense was struggling soon enough Tech was right back in it 20-18.
Holker took back the game with a strategically placed tip and Cotter had some big serves to regain control, but had the crowd worried for a while there. The final score was a close 25-22.
Monticello advanced to the section quarter finals against the No. 4 seed, Alexandria on Friday, Oct. 25, but the girls lost 1-3 against the higher ranked team, but they fought until the end.
The girls had an incredible 18-9 season.