Braves top Montevideo in regular-season finale

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Claire Ricard (left) had 14 kills and two blocks during the Braves’ win over Montevideo.  Above, she pounds a ball over the net as teammates Mariah Ahrndt and Ellie Moesenthin look on.

The Benson volleyball team closed out the regular-season with one of its best matches of the season.  The Braves won their second-straight match last Tuesday night in Benson with a 25-21, 25-15, 23-25, 25-15 victory over Montevideo, putting the Braves in sole possession of fifth place in the final WCC volleyball standings.

It was also Senior Night during the Montevideo match and Paige Cain, Maranda Wieber, and Matilyn Short were recognized as seniors for the Braves before the match.

“We finished strong on our home court tonight,” coach Shannon Schmidt said.  “Rachel Berens had a career high 12 kills tonight, with six of them coming in the first set, and Claire Ricard had 14 kills and two blocks.  It was really a great team effort and a great win to cap off our regular season.  We have just the momentum we need heading to playoffs. And a lot of our players are peaking at the right time.”

Benson closed out the regular-season with a 7-14-1 overall record and 5-9 mark within the WCC.  BOLD won the league title with a 13-1 record, followed by Sauk Centre (12-2), Melrose Area and Morris Area-CA (both 9-5), Benson (5-9), Minnewaska and Montevideo (4-10), and ACGC (0-14).

The Braves also earned the third seed in its “pod” of Section 5A.  That means Benson avoids a preliminary-round match and will move on to the round-of-16 to face second-seeded KMS at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26 in Kerkhoven.

The winner of that match would move on to play again at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30 at Long Prairie against most-likely Royalton (17-4).  The tournament continues Nov. 1 with the semifinals at Little Falls, and the championship at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3 at Little Falls.

The top seeds in each of the four “pods” are BBE (21-4), Pine River-Backus (25-2), Rush City (16-7), and Royalton.  Section 5A includes 27 teams, but only 10 of the teams have a win-loss record of above .500....

 

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Pictured: Claire Ricard (left) had 14 kills and two blocks during the Braves’ win over Montevideo.  Above, she pounds a ball over the net as teammates Mariah Ahrndt and Ellie Moesenthin look on.

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