The Sebeka volleyball team advanced to a section final for the second straight season with a 3-0 victory over Pelican Rapids Thursday night in Hawley.
Even though the Trojans swept the 6A/North subsection match, it wasn’t a cake walk.
The sixth-seeded Vikings were playing their best volleyball of the season in the tournament, knocking off #3 New York Mills and coming back from two sets down to defeat #2 Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal in their previous two matches.
Pelican Rapids made the Trojans work for nearly every point, but Sebeka was up to the task and earned the 25-20, 25-18, 25-18 victory.
The Trojans used an 87.5% serve percentage to give Pelican Rapids problems on serve receive, which made it difficult for the Vikings to get into their offensive system and created a number of attack errors.
Those errors meant that no one for Sebeka had double-digit kills on the night, getting good balance through the lineup. Six Trojans had at least four kills, led by Heidi Olson who had nine. Erin Lillquist and Alexis Ratchke both had eight, Morgan Palmer added six, while Madison Lake and Jordan Lillquist each had four.
Jordan Lillquist led Sebeka with two blocks, with Erin Lillquist, Lake and Olson each getting one.
Olson had a team-high 25 digs, followed by Megan Heino (18) and Jordan Lillquist (14). Ratchke recorded eight digs, while Emily Huotari and Courtney Huttunen both had seven.
Lake dished out 27 assists.
The leading attackers for the Vikings were Jessica Weinrich and Taylor Berndt who had 10 and 5 kills respectively. Mackenzie Korfe made 25 digs. Hally Evenson finished with 12 set assists in the match and attained the 1,000 assist milestone for her career in the third set.
Sebeka improved to 23-9 on the season and now plays Underwood for the Section 6A title at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday in Wadena. The Rockets, seeded second in the south subsection, defeated Henning 3-2 Thursday night.