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Minnesota state volleyball: T-M-B to play for third place

DAILY GLOBE ST. PAUL -- Tracy-Milroy-Balaton's goal of winning a 2016 state volleyball championship was turned aside in five excruciating sets Friday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The Panthers, who placed fourth in the Class A state tour...

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 ST. PAUL -- Tracy-Milroy-Balaton’s goal of winning a 2016 state volleyball championship was turned aside in five excruciating sets Friday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The Panthers, who placed fourth in the Class A state tourney last season, lost 3-2 in the semifinals a year later to Caledonia. T-M-B won the first game Friday by a 25-20 score, lost the second game 19-25, won the third 25-19, but lost games four and five 21-25 and 14-16.

Caledonia, the third-seeded team in the tournament, will play top-seeded Mayer Lutheran in the championship today (Saturday, Nov. 12) at 1 p.m. Mayer Lutheran won a five-set semifinal match Friday against Heritage Christian Academy.

T-M-B and Heritage will play for third place at 11 a.m.

In the decisive fifth game, the Panthers gained an early 3-1 lead over Caledonia. But the Warriors took the lead at 6-5 and never trailed the rest of the way. T-M-B tied the score at 13-13, and it was tied again at 14-14. But the Warriors’ Mariah Schroeder recorded a kill for the 15th point, and moments later T-M-B’s Sydney Lanoue made an attack error that ended the match.

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Schroeder had 15 kills in the match, and three ace serves. Teammate Lydia Lange had 11 kills. Adrianna Reinhart had 45 set assists to go with four ace serves and 15 digs. Madison Heaney had 22 digs. Sam Schroeder had seven kills, two ace serves, 18 digs and four ace blocks for the winners.

For Tracy-Milroy-Balaton, all-state setter Gabbie Gervais had 39 set assists to pair with the 29 she had in the Panthers’ first-round 3-0 victory over Kimball Area. She also had 13 digs and four ace serves in the Caledonia match.

Kendra Ludeman had 10 kills. Sidney Karbo had 30 digs, Lanoue had 17, Lexi Tauer 14 and Kaylee Kirk 11.

This is the third consecutive appearance for T-M-B at the state tournament.

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