State volleyball roundup: Russell-Tyler-Ruthton wins first state title

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This week marked Russell-Tyler-Ruthton’s first trip to the state volleyball tournament. Its souvenir will be a state championship trophy.

The top-seeded Knights downed Mayer Lutheran in four sets, 25-13, 32-30, 17-25, 25-22 in the Class A final Saturday at Xcel Energy Center.

Abigail Carr led the way with 21 kills.

The title was largely won in the second set, which the Knights trailed 23-18, but rallied to win seven of the next 9 points to knot the set at 25-25. Things went back and forth from there, until Dylan Werkman delivered the winning kill to put the Knights (30-6) up two sets to zero.

Mayer Lutheran finished the year 28-7.

New Life Academy beat Mabel-Canton in five sets to claim third place. Makenna Lilly paced the Eagles with 22 kills in that match.


Pequot Lakes swept Rush City in convincing fashion, winning its first state title via a 25-18, 25-22, 25-22 final. The Patriots state title comes one year after it dropped the state final to Cannon Falls last fall.

Ella Kratochvil paced the Patriots with 20 kills, including the championship-clincher in the third set — one that was tied 22-22 before Pequot Lakes (29-5) won the final three points.

Lydia Bengston tallied 15 kills for Rush City (30-3).

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