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Volleyball: Irish go 6-0 at Wabasha-Kellogg

Erin Slinde led the Rosemount volleyball team in assists over the weekend at the Wabasha-Kellogg Veterans Tournament.

The Rosemount volleyball team mowed through some of the top small-school teams in the state while placing first over the weekend at the Wabasha-Kellogg Veterans Tournament.

The Irish were pushed to three games just once as they went 6-0, upping their overall mark to 12-4.

"It was a strong day. We had to play consistent and disciplined to win all our matches," Rosemount coach Smokey Vitek said. "The tournament included several 2A and 1A ranked teams and the set up required us to beat a couple of those teams twice, which is always difficult."

Rosemount made quick work of Durand in the first round, advancing with a 25-8, 25-11 sweep. Erin Slinde provided four kills, three ace serves, seven set assists and three digs.

The Irish continued to play well to start their second round game against eighth-ranked (Class 1A) Fillmore Central, winning Game 1 25-7 and pulling away to a 25-14 score in Game 2. Brittany McLean led the team with 10 kills and Brittany Morrison paced the defense with 10 digs.

Rosemount then made quick work of Kenyon-Wanamingo and ninth-ranked Wabasha-Kellogg, winning 25-19, 25-19 and 25-7, 25-14.

Fillmore Central came back to force a Game 3 in a rematch later in the day, but the Irish held on 25-22, 11-25, 15-12. Morrison came through with 12 digs in that contest, McLean supplied eight digs and Slinde chipped in with 13 assists and nine digs.

The Irish closed out the 6-0 day with another sweep of Kenyon-Wanamingo, this time by a score of 25-18, 25-16.

McLean led the attack with eight kills. Slinde had 14 assists and Maddie Phyle added 10.

The Irish closed out last week with what coach Vitek called their "best match of the season" in a 25-23, 24-26, 18-25, 21-25 setback to third-ranked (Class 3A) and undefeated Eagan at Irish Gym.

"We challenged Eagan on each point and the match could have gone either way," Vitek said. "It was terrific to see our team respond to our poor Tuesday performance at Roseville (3-0 loss). We passed really well, which positioned us to run our offense."

McLean took advantage to the tune of a game-high 20 kills. Slinde had 12 kills and Bri Glaus added seven. Justine Buckmister and Ellie Vraa also chipped in in the front row, combining for nine kills and nine blocks.

Morrison led the defense with 17 digs and Phyle added 13. Phyle also contributed at the service line, scoring 12 points on 21 serves.

The Irish are back at home tonight against Bloomington Kennedy.