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Maple Lake stays undefeated, repeats as Class 2A champion

By HEATHER RULE, Special to the Star Tribune, 11/11/17, 4:15PM CST


The Irish, with a three-set win against North Branch, became the second program of the day to defend a state title.

Maple Lake players celebrated on the court after defeating North Branch in the Class 2A championship game. Photo: Anthony Souffle * anthony.souffle@startribune.com

First report

Maple Lake capped back-to-back Class 2A state championships with an undefeated season.

The Irish (36-0) defeated No. 3 seed North Branch (29-4) 25-18, 25-19, 25-21 Saturday afternoon. Senior Linsey Rachel led the way with 20 kills and 11 digs. She finished with 44 kills in the tournament.

North Branch sophomore Cianna Selbitschka led her team with 14 kills and 10 digs.

The Irish have won 44 consecutive matches. Their last loss was to DeLaSalle 2-1 on Oct. 25, 2016 in a Benilde-St. Margaret’s tournament.

Check back later for more on the match.

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