Somerset volleyball advances; New Richmond, Central eliminatedThe Somerset volleyball team won the clash of Middle Border Conference co-champions in the opening round of WIAA Division 2 playoffs, but the seasons of the New Richmond and St. Croix Central teams came to an end in Tuesday’s playoffs.
The Somerset volleyball team won the clash of Middle Border Conference co-champions in the opening round of WIAA Division 2 playoffs, but the seasons of the New Richmond and St. Croix Central teams came to an end in Tuesday’s playoffs.
Somerset overcame a tentative start to defeat Baldwin-Woodville in four games on Tuesday. The Spartans return to action this Thursday, playing at Altoona at 7 p.m. Altoona is the top seed in the regional tournament bracket, while Somerset is the fourth seed.
Somerset let B-W control the action at the net in the first game of Tuesday’s conference champion rematch. That resulted in the Blackhawks leading the entire game, winning 25-21.
After B-W took a 10-6 lead in the second game, the Spartans began to assert themselves at the net. Led by Sarah Krig and Bridget Kieckhoefer, the Spartans swung the score in their favor and won handily, 25-18.
In the final two games, Somerset’s net play was too strong for the Blackhawks and Somerset won 25-18 and 25-16.
Altoona advanced with a three-game sweep of the eighth-seeded St. Croix Central team on Tuesday. Central put up a spirited effort, losing 25-11, 25-17, 25-16.
Along with Somerset and Altoona meeting Tuesday, Barron and Bloomer will clash in the other regional semifinal.
New Richmond fell to Hayward in the northern Division 2 bracket in our area. Hayward controlled the first game 25-11. New Richmond came back with hearty efforts in the final two games, losing to the Hurricanes 25-20 and 25-22.
Hayward will play Rice Lake in one regional semifinal on Thursday, with Osceola scheduled to meet Ashland in the other.