MIDWEST FALL CLASSIC TOURNAMENT, St. Michael-Albertville, Friday Recaps, 10.7.2011
32 teams entered the Midwest Fall Classic Tournament looking for a title. 8 remain in the hunt tonight. Of six
ranked teams that entered the event only two remains standing----#10AAA Centennial, and #5A Southwest Christian Chaska. Class AA and A teams didn't fare that well (with the exception of SWC). The big upset came in the first round as Minneapolis Southwest, fresh off their tune up win over Henry-North, beat defending AA champ & #8AA Wadena-Deer Creek in three. WDC had won 48 straight matches. The Lakers made it to the Elite Eight with another three set win over Elk River. Other teams in the hunt include Totino-Grace, Minnetonka, Andover, Kennedy, Mpls SW, SW Christian, Hopkins, and Centennial.
I charted four matches (those numbers will be crunched later). The main focus today was to see teams I haven't seen yet in the MaxPreps top 40. I crossed 5 teams off the list tonight: Totino-Grace, Elk River, Maple Lake, Minnetonka, and Wadena-Deer Creek. That now means I have four teams remaining on the fluid-moving target list.
Here are some of the trends/highlights of the matches tonight: Late rallies: TG trailed Stillwater 13-8 in the third set, took their last time out and then ran off 7 straight points to win 15-13. The Stillwater faithful thought that Bri Horwarth delivered a kill to put the Ponies up 14-9, but it was ruled out. Heather Schiller was at the service line for the Eagles in the closing run. Ashley Dahly had 13.5 points to lead the Eagles. TG had two set points in the second set, but Stillwater held on to force game three. Here are the scores: 25-17, 25-27, 15-13
Elk River took down Maple Lake in another round of 32 game 25-21, 25-22. Just like the first match a team finished with a serious kick. ML led 22-19 when Janell Finbeiner stepped to the service line after an Irish hitting error. Finkbeiner never gave the ball back. She served up four aces sandwiched around a block for the win. Finkbeiner led the Elks with 15 earned points, with 10 aces.
Minnetonka swept #10A Nevis in a sweet 16 match 25-23, 25-19. The Skippers have a force on the right side in Hannah Weidner. Nevis had no answer for her swings. Weidner came up with 15 earned points----all kills to lead both teams. Riley Hanson was close behind for Nevis with 13. Nevis looked strong early with an 8-4 advantage in the first set. Tonka had a 9-3 run to pull in front 17-14. Nevis, behind the one two punch of Hanson and Megan Norby tied the set at 23 and momentum was on the Tigers side, but Nevis hurt their own cause. For point 23 Denia Brown was at the service line. For some reason Taylor Drury then entered the game. Brown usually serves for Drury. Drury then missed her serve and Renee Hoffman finished the set with a kill. Weidner had 10 kills in the second set as Minnetonka led from start to finish.
I then watched a consolation round 16 round with two ranked AA teams. #8 Wadena-Deer Creek prevailed in three over #10 Maple Lake. WDC, still feeling the sting from the opening loss to Mpls SW, stormed out to a 14-5 lead, the last six points (not consecutive) all were via Maple Lake errors. WDC held an 18-14 lead when the roof fell in the second set. The Irish scored seven straight to pull in front 21-18. Two WDC time outs didn't get the job done. Getting the job done for ML was Jen Puncochar with three kills in that sequence, and Sami Knott with two blocks. Knott had 8 earned points in the second set. That set up the rubber match. There were four lead changes in this game. ML held a 9-7 lead when the Wolverines rose up for six straight points to pull in front 13-9. It was high Noon at this stage as Brittany Noon came up with five of the last six points on kills. Prior to that set she had nothing. Emily Miron kept the WDC boat afloat with 11 points. ML Knott had 12 points to top ML.
all numbers will be posted later.