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Anoka outlasts Eagan in thrilling five-set quarterfinal – Twin Cities

Eagan repeatedly dug itself holes against Anoka throughout their Class 4A state volleyball quarterfinal Friday at the Xcel Energy Center. And time and time again, the Wildcats fought back successfully.

But their latest dilemma proved too much to overcome, as fourth-seeded Eagan was defeated in five sets by fifth-seeded Anoka, 29-27, 28-26, 26-28, 26-28 , 15-4 in an exciting match. quarterfinal.

“Yes, fighting from behind is exhausting. The whole time you’re trying to push, you’re trying to fight,” Eagan coach McKenna Melville said. “This team was a very good defensive team. We knew it coming in and we just had to keep fighting. …We made it harder for ourselves.

And they almost succeeded. The Wildcats trailed 18-9 in the second set before rallying to push them to extra points. But they failed to finish the set, creating a 2-0 hole for the match.

Eagan continued to get off to a slow start in sets, but rallied to win each of the final two and force a fifth set.

“We are fighters through and through. We’re not going to let a game go by without doing our best, and today was our absolute best,” said senior setter Ava Bertsch. “I think no matter what team we play , we’re like, ‘No, we’re going to fight,’ because that’s who we’re supposed to be. We’re fighting for each other. … We just won’t stop.

Eagan’s rally shifted the pressure to Anoka (26-3), which was playing in its first state tournament since 2012. Anoka coach Chris Fenwick said his team “thrives on pressure” .

True to form, sophomore Hayden Reeder’s mindset heading into the fifth was simply “we’re going to crush this.” They did so, controlling the entire set en route to an impressive close.

“They played with a lot of heart and will,” Fenwick said, “and they showed that they were definitely the high-caliber team that we thought they were going into the year, and we just proved it just now.”

Logan Brent led Anoka with 28 kills, while Reeder scored 24. The Tornadoes will face Goliath — er, three-time defending state champion Wayzata — in the semifinals at 9 a.m. Thursday. The Trojans (32-0) beat Edina in three sets on Wednesday.

A battle with the state powerhouse with a state championship game berth on the line. Not bad for a program that hadn’t been featured in over a decade.

“You look at Anoka volleyball and you don’t really expect them to present it to people,” Reeder said. “That’s certainly the case and we’re confident.” For me, personally, the underdog is the best.

Eagan was a bit of a surprise entrant after beating No. 2-ranked East Ridge in the sectional final. Yet it was the state where first-year Wildcats coach McKenna Melville envisioned her program.

“I knew what it was like to be in the state. I knew the feeling, I knew the adrenaline. … I knew what to do,” said Melville, who played for Eagan as a player. “At the end of the day, that’s the goal, but I don’t think the goal in my brain ever stopped at, ‘Oh, let’s go to the state tournament.’ The goal in everyone’s head should never be, “Oh, I just want to make the state tournament.”

“So those are things that we can learn from, and I think now we’re the new kids on the block again and we’re back and we’re ready to go.”


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