Makayla McDougall said one strength of the East Ridge volleyball team is staying positive.
This was tested on Wednesday afternoon.
Then the Raptors picked the perfect moment for a rally, overcoming five set points in the fourth set to beat Bloomington Jefferson 11-25, 25-17, 25-21, 28-26 in the Class 4A quarterfinal game. at state high school volleyball. tournament.
“We knew if we did our best, we could do it,” McDougall said. “It’s so motivating.”
Coach Steve Anderson had no doubts – and reinforced it in a timeout late in the deciding set.
“We cleaned up a bit,” he said.
Trailing 24-19 in the final set, a Jefferson kill attempt went wide, Hadley Burger scored on a block, then a kill attempt went long to bring the Raptors within two. Coming off a Jaguars timeout, Britt Carlson made the kill, and confusion on receiving an East Ridge serve led to a tie.
Burger broke a 26-26 tie with a powerful left arm swing, and Jefferson couldn’t handle a Carlson win for match point, sending the No. 3-seeded Raptors into the halftime game. -Thursday’s 3pm final against second seed Eden Prairie, who rallied from two sets down to beat Forest Lake on Wednesday.
“As a team, we were all pretty confident that we could come back and win, especially because throughout the season we came back from a lot of tough games where we lost a lot,” McDougall said.
Jefferson players Olivia Opstad and Cassie Sieling both lamented the Jaguars’ lack of killer instinct to complete the fourth set.
“I had a lot of self-confidence saying, ‘We have five points, only losing one’,” Opstad said. “I think we kind of took it for granted, so I would just say we didn’t get the last point.”
“We were just a little chaotic,” Sieling said. “We made mistakes that are not like us. We drop a ball; we did not communicate.
Jefferson coach Crystal Dohlman said his team came out as they expected, but lost their mojo.
“I think we’ve definitely overcome a lot of adversity in our season. I’m incredibly proud of these girls for what we’ve been through and where we are,” she said. “It’s disappointing to know what we are capable of and not to have done it yet.”
Carlson and Montana State commit Camryn Greenwald who led a balanced attack from East Ridge. Carlson had 18 kills, Greenwald had 11, and Burger and McDougall had 10 each. Macey Spolidoro had 44 assists and Ellenor Crimmins had 23 digs.
After splitting the first two sets, East Ridge scored four of the last five points to win the third set.
“We were all quite nervous about playing. It was our very first state tournament game, so we were a little frantic there,” Greenwald said. “After that first set, we really calmed down and played our game.”
McDougall added: “We wanted to show people that we could play so much better than this and it was our own mistakes that caused us to lose the first set so much.”
Both teams were playing in the state tournament for the first time in many years. East Ridge’s last appearance was in 2010, Jefferson’s in 1999.