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Though the difference was obvious, Caledonia chose to look past it at first.
“We just go out there and do our best. We don’t look at size,” the Warriors 6-2 middle hitter Emma Lange said before opening up a bit more. “We knew were a bit bigger than them and we took advantage of that.”
Caledonia used the size and power difference to advance to the Class 2A state semifinals with a straight set 25-12, 25-21, 25-9 victory on Thursday night at Xcel Energy Center.
Outside of a tight second set that the Warriors led 18-17 late and went on to win 25-21, the match was one-sided. Lange finished with 17 kills, 13 digs and Maria Fruechte 13 kills, six digs to lead the attack. Setter Taylor Winjum had 35 assists and 10 digs for Caledonia. Maple Lake was led by Shelby Rachel’s six kills and 13 digs.