ST. PAUL -- If Windom head coach Ron Wendorff and Bethlehem Academy head coach Franz Boelter didn't have enough history between them prior to Saturday, the two added another chapter during the Class A state volleyball championship. Boelter's Cardinals defeated Wendorff's Eagles 3-1 at the Xcel Energy Center to claim BA's third state championship in five years. "It's pretty unbelievable," Boelter, who graduated from Windom in 1970, said. "I'll tell you what they've done here; they've absolutely played their best volleyball at the end of the season.
ST. PAUL -- Windom's Megan Ysker may be listed as a setter on the roster, but her skills on a volleyball court go way beyond setting. For her talents on the volleyball court, Ysker was named as a first team All-State player earlier this week. "It's really exciting," Ysker said of the honor. "But I really didn't expect it." While Ysker may have been surprised, her coach knew she was deserving. "She's by far one of the best players in this part of the state, if not the state," Windom head coach Ron Wendorff said. "She's just a very gifted player and has a great attitude about the game.
ST. PAUL -- Windom head coach Ron Wendorff has plenty of reasons to smile. "This smile on this face isn't going to go off for a while; I'm going to enjoy this one," Wendorff said. With another dominant sweep in the state tournament over Chisholm (22-6) Friday at the Xcel Energy Center, the Eagles (31-2) advance to the state finals today at 1 p.m. After a sluggish start, Windom won each game by a progressively larger margin in a 25-15, 25-14, 25-5 victory. "This is where we talked about where we wanted to get to," Wendorff said.
ST. PAUL -- It took the Windom volleyball team over three hours to make the trip to St. Paul for the state tournament. It took less than 60 minutes to win its first match at the Xcel Center Thursday. The Eagles (30-2) proved why they finished as the No. 1 team in Class A, earning a clean sweep over Wheaton in the state quarterfinals. "Our kids just came out and responded very well," Windom head coach Ron Wendorff said.
ST. PAUL -- While there still may be ice underneath the volleyball floor in the Xcel Center this weekend, but there is nothing cold about Windom senior Casey Christensen's game. Along with fellow teammates Megan Ysker and Malori Paplow, Christensen was named to the All-State team as a middle earlier in the week, and has helped guide the Eagles to a 30-2 record and a spot in the state semifinals. However, even in a venue like the Xcel Center, Christensen could feel the nerves. "I think maybe the nerves got to me a little bit; I struggled a little bit in the beginning," Christensen said.
WORTHINGTON -- Even with early morning practices this week, the Windom Eagles have plenty to be thankful for. "That was one of the things that we talked about was that there aren't a lot of schools practicing this morning and we're probably the only one practicing at 7 o'clock in the morning," Windom head coach Ron Wendorff said. "We talked about being grateful for being in the tournament and that we're still playing." The Eagles defeated the defending state champions, Minneota, in the Section 3A finals Saturday, and will face Wheaton at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Xcel Energy Center in St.
MARSHALL -- After a slow start in Saturday's Section 3A girls' volleyball finals, the Windom Eagles showed why they are ranked the No. 1 Class A team in the state. With three straight victories following a Game 1 loss, the Eagles defeated Minneota (19-25, 25-15, 25-13, 25-17) to advance to the state tournament for the first time since 2000. "I can't even describe it," Windom senior Malori Paplow said.
WABASSO -- Even on a cold night, Adrian head coach Randy Strand didn't mind the shower. "I guess if it means we're winning, I'll keep taking them," Strand said of getting the water cooler dumped on him following the game. "But I'd just as soon go home dry." For the first time since 1998, the Adrian Dragon football team will return to the state tournament following a 19-7 victory over Wabasso Friday night. "I'm feeling pretty good," Tony Thier said. "The team played just great. I can't believe it.
MARSHALL -- With a sweep over Southwest Star Concept Thursday night in Marshall, the Windom Eagles' volleyball team is one victory away from making a state tournament appearance. Windom (28-2) will face Minneota, who defeated Renville County West in four games, Saturday night at Southwest Minnesota State University. Game time is slated for 7 p.m., with the winner advancing to the state tournament. "I'm really excited," Casey Christensen said. "We came out excited to play and we're looking forward to Saturday.
WORTHINGTON -- With two more victories needed to qualify for the state volleyball tournament, Windom, Southwest Star Concept and Pipestone Area take to the court tonight to try and keep its state hopes alive. Windom will face SSC tonight in Marshall at 8 p.m., while PA will travel to Redwood Falls to face Marshall at 6 p.m. The Eagles (27-2) advanced to tonight's game with a four-game victory over Murray County Central Tuesday night, while the Quasars (21-7) defeated Southwest Christian in four games to earn a spot in tonight's match.