Volleyball teams set sights on sections

Contributing Writer


Settled on the lowest rung of the Northwest Suburban Conference volleyball standings ladder this season, the Cardinals lost to Andover in three straight sets in the Oct. 6 match on the Huskies court.

The Huskies are just one rung higher in the standings but set a powerful game plan, winning 25-12, 25-18, 25-10.

With 12 kills Sarina Smith led the Huskies’ attack while Sydney Huberty served five aces to the Cardinals.

Coon Rapids took another hit Oct. 10 when fellow conference foe Spring Lake Park set them down again in three straight sets, 25-15, 25-9, 25-9.

The Panthers’ Pilar Onstad set a new record for kills with 94 and counting. She’s also served up 18 aces, second behind teammate Jasmine Caldero who’s aced 26 times this season. Caldero and Onstad are also digging it defensively for Spring Lake Park, with 201 and 144 digs, respectively, at latest count.

The Panthers occupy fourth place in the Northwest Suburban Conference standings while Blaine is at No. 3 and Anoka is in eighth place in the conference.

With a powerful overall record of 14-9-0, St. Francis stands in second place in the Mississippi 8 conference.

Legacy Christian Academy stands at No. 4 in Minnesota Christian Conference with its 7-16-2 record.

PACT Charter School follows with a 8-7-0 record for ninth place standings in that conference.

Section volleyball playoffs begin Oct. 26 and stretch on until Nov. 5. State tournament play takes place Nov. 10-12 at Xcel Energy Center.

For brackets, results and more, visit www.mshsl.org.

Senior Sarina Smith goes in for a hit. Photos by Bill Jones Coon Rapids’ Kalley Harris goes up against two Andover blockers. Andover’s Sydney Huberty works to get one by the Cardinals. Andover’s Lauren Bedard goes in for the kill.
Coon Rapids’ Kalley Harris goes up against two Andover blockers.