When you think of continued success at the professional level in the 2010s, teams like the New England Patriots, Golden State Warriors and Chicago Blackhawks come to mind. In that same span, Minnesota high school programs like Eden Prairie Football and Hopkins Girls’ Basketball are on the shortlist of the most successful.
At the top of the list for volleyball might be Eagan. The Wildcats (27-2) clinched their sixth-straight trip to the state tournament after defeating East Ridge (20-10) in straight sets 25-21, 25-13, 25-18 in the Class 3A, Section 3 championship at Prior Lake High School on Saturday.
Eagan is advancing to its sixth-straight state tournament after defeating East Ridge in straight sets 25-21, 25-13, 25-18 in the Class 3A, Section 3 championship at Prior Lake on Saturday.
The Wildcats (27-2) came into the tournament as the No. 1 seed, and they proved they were the best team throughout, having never lost a set on their way to the title.
The first set Saturday was the most competitive of the match. There was constant back-and-fourth play with neither team being able to go on a long run. It looked like the rest of the match would remain competitive, but the Wildcats took over in the second and third sets, giving Eagan six-straight set wins against the Raptors (20-10) in back-to-back section championships.
The Wildcats put together an impressive team performance, but it was Kennedi Orr who stood out. She set up her teammates and finished off scoring plays with ease, finishing the night with 16 assists and a team-high 14 kills.
The Raptors’ attack ran through Stephanie Barber. Her teammates constantly found her near the net to set up plays. She had a game-high 17 assists.
The Wildcats start their run at the state tournament next Thursday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
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