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State prep volleyball: No. 1 Marshall overwhelms Grand Rapids

Marshall moves on to its 14th state championship match in school history.

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Marshall is no stranger to the Minnesota State High School League volleyball tournament, having made 29 appearances, reaching the title game 13 times and winning it six. The top-seeded Tigers showed why, and quickly, on Friday, overwhelming fifth-seeded Grand Rapids 3-0 (25-9, 25-11, 25-12) in a Class AAA semifinal at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Marshall (31-2) hit .311 and made only eight attack errors for the match on 119 swings. Grand Rapids (21-9) had eight or more errors in two of the three sets.

The Tigers scored the first five points on three kills and two blocks. Another five-point run led to a 13-3 score and seven in a row made it 24-7. Marshall had 15 kills and one attack error in the frame.

The Thunderhawks got off to a better start in the second, staying within 12-10, but Marshall ran off eight in a row to make it 20-10 and finished the set on a 13-1 run. Set three was similarly decisive, even if the Tigers only had two five-point runs, including the one that sent the Tigers to Saturday's state championship match against Kasson-Mantorville as they pursue their first state championship since 2013

Kyra Giffen and Katelyn Jamtgaard led Grand Rapids with five kills apiece. Sophomore Braya LaPlant assisted on 20 of the Thunderhawks' 23 kills. Defensively, libero Lindsey Racine had a team-best 15 digs, while Giffen added 11 and Olivia Mustar 10.

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For the Tigers, Tessa Gannott had 13 kills and Leah Jones 11. Maysa Gillingham had 35 assists. Caitlyn Christenson led the defense with 17 digs; Gillingham added 14 and Jones 10.

Grand Rapids will end its fifth state tournament run in school history against third-seeded New Prague in the third-place match at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

  • Greenway went two matches and out in the AA tournament, falling 3-0 (25-23, 25-14, 25-13) to No. 2 Cannon Falls in a consolation bracket game on Friday.

Emma Markovich had a double-double of 11 kills and 11 digs for the Raiders, who finish their season 22-7.

  • South Ridge had a second tough outing in the A tournament, as 5 seed Breckinridge swept the Panthers 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-8) in a consolation bracket match.

Svea Snickers had 12 kills, while Adella Olesiak posted 15 digs. The Panthers' final record is 21-7.

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