Looking at the three set scores of Wednesday’s match between Concordia Academy and St. Croix Preparatory Academy might be surprising based on the lopsided nature of them. But for the Beacons, that’s been par for the course in Skyline Conference play this season.
They picked up their sixth consecutive win, and sweep, in league play, defeating the Lions 25-9, 25-6, 25-9 at St. Croix Preparatory Academy.
Concordia Academy (7-1, 6-0) has had little trouble in defeating Skyline opponents this season, winning every set to date. The closest a league foe came to winning a set came in a 25-15 win for the Beacons against Maranatha on Oct. 22.
That dominant start for Concordia Academy, ranked No. 3 in the Class 2A coaches’ poll, can be traced to the skill and experience of seniors Kira Fallert and Brooke Weichbrodt. Fallert, an outside hitter, and Weichbrodt, a setter, are in their fifth season playing at the varsity level.
“We’ve just built that camaraderie,” said Beacons coach Kim Duis. “We know where everyone else is on the floor. It’s just been fun to see them grow this year.”
Concordia Academy has yet to lose a set in Skyline Conference play in 2020. That trend continued Wednesday. Playing St. Croix Prep for the second time this season, the Beacons won handily as they swept the Lions 25-9, 25-6, 25-9 at St. Croix Preparatory Academy.
As has been the case most of this season, senior outside hitter Kira Fallert was the fire for the Beacons’ offense with 14 kills. Assisting Fallert was senior setter Brooke Weichbrodt who had a match-high 16 assists. Meanwhile, senior libero Grace Landvik had a big part with 18 digs and four aces for the Beacons, ranked No. 3 in the Class 2A coaches’ poll.
Early in the opening set, the Lions (5-2, 5-2) hung tough with the top team in the Skyline standings but a 14-2 run by Concordia Academy (7-1, 6-0) got the Beacons going and they never slowed from there.
A bright spot for the Lions was Kate Neau. The sophomore outside hitter had a team-best three kills while junior libero Ali Silvernace had a team-best 14 digs.
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