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Volleyball: Irish second at Benilde tournament

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Rosemount, 55024
Rosemount Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

The Rosemount volleyball team strung three straight victories together for the first time since the first three matches of the season and came away with a second-place finish at the Benilde-St. Margaret's Tournament Saturday.

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The Irish opened the tournament by rolling past the host school, 25-8 and 25-9. They started slowly in their second round game against Holy Angels, but recovered for a 24-26, 25-10, 15-11 win. The team then played what coach Smokey Vitek called its "best match of the day," narrowly beating Champlin Park 27-25 and 28-26 to advance to the championship round against Buffalo.

The Bison, which entered with a record of 17-6, held on for a 25-22 victory in Game 1, and then closed out the tournament with a 25-15 decision.

"I think we just ran out of gas. We had to play back-to-back matches," Vitek said. "Buffalo played great defense, which frustrated our hitters."

Still, the tournament was a success for the Irish as they improved their record to 12-13 heading into the final week of the regular season.

"We played pretty consistently, minimizing our errors while playing aggressively," Vitek said. "This has been our main focus for the past few weeks. We did a good job running a balanced offense, utilizing all of our hitters."

Jaclyn D'Amico and Erin Slinde led the Irish attackers in the first game against Benilde-St. Margaret's, each slamming seven kills. Setter Mikaela Sullivan supplied 12 assists and drilled three ace serves.

Slinde stepped up with 11 kills against Holy Angels, while Katie Duff had eight and D'Amico added six. Sullivan provided assists on 30 of the team's 35 kills.

Defensively, Jillian Blanc led the way with 16 kills.

The offense was once again balanced against Champlin Park. D'Amico put down seven kills and Duff and Slinde each supplied six. Sullivan provided 22 assists.

D'Amico and Cassie Hansen each turned in nine digs.

D'Amico had a team-high 10 kills and 14 digs in the loss to Buffalo. Laurel Officer added 12 digs and Sullivan had 18 assists.

The Irish open Section 3AAA tournament play next WednesdayThe Rosemount volleyball team strung three straight victories together for the first time since the first three matches of the season and came away with a second-place finish at the Benilde-St. Margaret's Tournament Saturday.

The Irish opened the tournament by rolling past the host school, 25-8 and 25-9. They started slowly in their second round game against Holy Angels, but recovered for a 24-26, 25-10, 15-11 win. The team then played what coach Smokey Vitek called its "best match of the day," narrowly beating Champlin Park 27-25 and 28-26 to advance to the championship round against Buffalo.

The Bison, which entered with a record of 17-6, held on for a 25-22 victory in Game 1, and then closed out the tournament with a 25-15 decision.

"I think we just ran out of gas. We had to play back-to-back matches," Vitek said. "Buffalo played great defense, which frustrated our hitters."

Still, the tournament was a success for the Irish as they improved their record to 12-13 heading into the final week of the regular season.

"We played pretty consistently, minimizing our errors while playing aggressively," Vitek said. "This has been our main focus for the past few weeks. We did a good job running a balanced offense, utilizing all of our hitters."

Jaclyn D'Amico and Erin Slinde led the Irish attackers in the first game against Benilde-St. Margaret's, each slamming seven kills. Setter Mikaela Sullivan supplied 12 assists and drilled three ace serves.

Slinde stepped up with 11 kills against Holy Angels, while Katie Duff had eight and D'Amico added six. Sullivan provided assists on 30 of the team's 35 kills.

Defensively, Jillian Blanc led the way with 16 kills.

The offense was once again balanced against Champlin Park. D'Amico put down seven kills and Duff and Slinde each supplied six. Sullivan provided 22 assists.

D'Amico and Cassie Hansen each turned in nine digs.

D'Amico had a team-high 10 kills and 14 digs in the loss to Buffalo. Laurel Officer added 12 digs and Sullivan had 18 assists.

The Irish open Section 3AAA tournament play next Wednesday

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