Elk River’s Kennedy Gleason (20) recorded eight kills Saturday, helping the Elks win the Class 3A, Section 7 title in Andover, defeating Forest Lake 25-21, 25-22, 25-21. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine
Clare Hillary gets a dig during an Elk River run that led to its three-set win in the Class 3A, Section 7 final over Forest Lake Saturday night. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine
Some seventh graders from Elk River made a prediction a few years back.
On Saturday night those girls, now varsity volleyball players, turned their prediction into reality, leading the Elks to the first state tournament berth in program history.
Elk River knocked off Forest Lake in three straight sets — 25-21, 25-22, 25-21 — in the Class 3A, Section 7 title game played at Andover Saturday, and Elks coach Theresa Brummer said that prediction a few years back was no idle boast.
"These girls have done all the work you can possibly do to get ready for this night," she said following her team's victory. "They predicted as seventh graders that they would go to state, and now they have done it."
Elk River traveled a difficult road as the No. 4 seed in the section: On Tuesday the Elks beat top-seeded Andover on the Huskies' home floor, setting up Saturday's battle with the No. 2 seeded Rangers.
Elk River earned its first berth in the state volleyball tournament with a three-set victory over Forest Lake in the Class 3A, Section 7 title game played at Andover Saturday.
The fourth-seeded Elks, who advanced to this title game with a win over top-seeded Andover in Tuesday's semifinals, won Saturday's match 25-21, 25-22, 25-21.
Sophomore Elle Cotton and senior Kennedy Gleason each finished with eight kills to lead the Elks, who improved to 16-15 on the season.
Forest Lake, the section's No. 2 seed, saw its dreams of a third straight state tournament berth dashed by the loss.
Junior Maddie DeMars finished with seven kills to lead the Rangers, who saw an eight-game win streak snapped and finished the season 20-10.
Forest Lake’s Maddie DeMars (17) lead the Ranger’s with seven kills against the Elk’s Saturday night. However the Ranger’s fell to the Elk’s 3-0 in the Class 3A, Section 7 title game. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine
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