Benson volleyball falls in five games to Royalton in Section 5A quarterfinals

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Rachel Berens pounds a shot over the net during the Section 5A opener against KMS as Abbie Mitteness (left), Mariah Ahrndt (2), Maranda Wieber (9) and Abby Lundebrek (14) look on.

The Benson volleyball team rallied from two games down to win the next two games and force a deciding fifth game during its Section 5A quarterfinal match against Royalton last Tuesday at Long Prairie-GE High School.

However, unlike a match earlier when the Braves earned a 16-14 victory in the fifth game to beat the KMS Saints, this time, Royalton was able to regroup and the Royals went on to win in five games, 25-16, 25-18, 25-27, 21-25, 15-10, ending Benson’s 2018 season.

The Braves were seeded third in their “pod” of Section 5A, while Royalton was one of four top seeds.

Royalton improved to 22-6 overall with the win, while the Braves ended the season with an overall record of 8-15-1 after winning three of their final four matches.

“It was a hard-fought match,” Benson coach Shannon Schmidt said.  “I’m disappointed with the loss, but I couldn’t be more incredibly-proud of this team.  They fought tooth-and-nail to the end, and we played some of our best volleyball at the end of the season.”

Also advancing to the section semifinals were the other three top seeds, BBE (24-4), Pine River-Backus (27-2), and Rush City (19-7).  The Section 5A semifinals were set for Thursday, Nov. 1 (tomorrow) at Little Falls, while the section championship match was slated for 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3 at Little Falls.

Seniors lost to graduation from this year’s Benson volleyball team are Maranda Wieber, Paige Cain, and Matilyn Short...
 

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Pictured: Rachel Berens pounds a shot over the net during the Section 5A opener against KMS as Abbie Mitteness (left), Mariah Ahrndt (2), Maranda Wieber (9) and Abby Lundebrek (14) look on.

 

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