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Medford juggernaut finds its way to the 1A championship match

By HEATHER RULE, Special to the Star Tribune, 11/09/18, 4:00PM CST


After dispatching the two-time champs on Thursday, the Tigers, led by Emma Kniefel, took out No. 3 seed Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in the semifinals.

Medford's Emma Kniefel (8) spikes a shot against Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa's Karsee Kampsen (11) and Kylie Winter (3). Photo: DAVID JOLES • david.joles@startribune.com

First report

The Cinderella story continues for Medford.

For an encore performance after knocking out two-time defending champs Mayer Lutheran in the quarterfinals, Medford ousted the No. 3 seed Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in the Class 1A semifinals on Friday.

The Tigers (29-5) won 22-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-16. They’ll play for a state title in their inaugural trip to the state tournament.

Medford used a 10-1 run in the fourth set to distance themselves and close out the match. 

Medford will face last year’s runner-up Minneota in the Class 1A championship match on Saturday. Emma Kniefel led the way with 19 kills and 14 digs. 

Check back later for more on the match.

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