Rochester Century's up-and-down volleyball season is on a big upturn as the Panthers head into the Section 1AAA playoffs this week.
Century (13-14 overall) has won six of its past eight matches and advanced to the championship match of the annual Exchange Club Invitational over the weekend at the National Volleyball Center.
The Panthers lost to Forest Lake, 2-0, in the title match.
Century reached the final by sweeping matches against Dover-Eyota and Irondale on Friday, and against Tracy-Milroy-Balaton on Saturday morning.
Century will open Section 1AAA play on either Wednesday or Friday. The seedings are expected to be announced early this week.
It was a good weekend for all four Rochester teams at the Exchange Club Invitational.
Rochester Mayo finished third, beating Tracy-Milroy-Balaton in two sets in the third-place match. Rochester John Marshall placed fifth, beating Monticello in three sets in the fifth-place match. Rochester Lourdes finished seventh, with a three-set victory against Irondale in the seventh-place match.
JM and Mayo will also open play in the Section 1AAA playoffs this week, while Lourdes is the No. 7 seed in the Section 1AA East playoffs and will play a first-round playoff match at Lake City on Thursday.
ROCHESTER EXCHANGE CLUB INVITATIONAL
Championship: Forest Lake def. Rochester Century 25-18, 25-21.
Third place: Rochester Mayo def. Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 25-23, 25-10.
Fifth place: Rochester John Marshall def. Monticello 17-25, 25-22, 15-9.
Seventh place: Rochester Lourdes def. Irondale 25-20, 11-25, 15-11.
Ninth place: Alden-Conger def. Fillmore Central 25-20, 25-22.
Eleventh place: Glencoe-Silver Lake def. Hayfield 25-22, 25-15.
Thirteenth place: Pine Island def. Chatfield 19-25, 26-24, 15-5.
Fifteenth place: Dover-Eyota def. Kingsland 12-25, 25-23, 15-9.