Beacons finish sixth at state volleyball tourney

The Concordia Academy volleyball team closed out its season last week with a trip to the state tournament. The Beacons went 1-2 in the tournament and finished in sixth place.

Concordia, the No. 4 seed, opened the tournament on Thursday with a quarterfinal match against fifth-seeded Maple Lake and it looked good for the Beacons early on. Concordia won the first two sets by comfortable margins and appeared set to advance to the semifinals.

Maple Lake had other ideas, however, and rallied to win games three and four and force a deciding fifth set. In game five, the Irish edged Concordia 15-13 to complete the comeback and win 16-25, 17-25, 25-17, 25-16, 15-13.

Erin Fallert led Concordia with 13 kills while Michala Walther added 11. Elisabeth Tramm amassed 32 assists and Karene Johnson topped the team in digs with 14.

The loss dropped Concordia Academy into the consolation bracket, where it faced Mora in the semifinals. The unseeded Mustangs lost a three-set match to top-seeded Stewartville in the quarterfinals.

Like they did in the first round, the Beacons won the first two games against Mora, but this time did not allow their opponent to come back. Mora did win game three, but Concordia closed it out in game four to pick up the victory 25-21, 25-14, 26-28, 25-18.

Fallert again paced the Beacons' offense against Mora with 18 kills while Johnson added 15. Tramm dished out 42 assists and Johnson had 17 digs.

On the final day of the tournament on Saturday, Concordia faced unseeded Rocori for the consolation championship. The Beacons took game one, but got stuck on 18 in the next three sets and lost 16-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-18.

Johnson and Clara Paul tied for team high honors with 10 kills each. Tramm had 34 assists and Fallert had 13 digs.

Concordia Academy finishes the season with a record of 26-9.

—Brian Meyers


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