NORTH WOODS— The Grizzlies finished their regular season on Tuesday with their seventh-straight victory as they defeated South Ridge in five hard-fought sets before an enthusiastic parent’s night …
NORTH WOODS— The Grizzlies finished their regular season on Tuesday with their seventh-straight victory as they defeated South Ridge in five hard-fought sets before an enthusiastic parent’s night crowd.
While the tight match was a crowd-pleaser, Assistant Coach Dee Ann Sandberg said it wasn’t the Grizzlies best performance of late. “We still did not play at a level that we can. They were tipping a lot and we couldn’t adjust for some reason. The last two games could’ve gone ether way, luckily we got the last two points.”
The two team’s traded sets all night long, but the Grizzlies took game one 25-22, game three 25-16, and the deciding fifth set, 16-14.
Several North Woods players put up big numbers, including Regan Ratai, with 24 kills, 18 digs, five blocks and two ace serves. Setter Claire Beaudry tallied 44 assists and four blocks, while Coley Olson scored 15 kills and two digs. Hanna Sandberg recorded 12 digs, Kayla Tschida had eight kills and three digs, and Kate Stone had five digs.
With Tuesday’s win, the Grizzlies wrapped up their regular season with an impressive 17-6 record heading into next week’s playoffs.
Playing on Monday in Chisholm, the Grizzlies rallied from an opening 25-12 loss to beat the Bluestreaks in four sets. North Woods took the final three sets 25-20, 25-12, and 25-18.
“We came out slow, and ended up playing the whole game slow,” said Sandberg. “We seem to play at the level of our opponents, but we’ll have to start picking up our pace here at the end of the season.”
Coley Olson had a big day, with 15 kills and two ace serves. Claire Beaudry tallied 25 assists and a dig, while Regan Ratai notched 13 kills, six digs, and two blocks. Karlyn Pierce tallied five kills, two blocks, and two aces.
While final seedings weren’t available as the Timberjay went to press, North Woods likely earned a bye in the first round of the playoffs and will begin their post-season at home in the quarter-final round on Oct. 25.