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K-M knocks off Grand Rapids in five, finishes third at state volleyball tournament

Kasson-Mantorville used a marathon win in the third-place match with Grand Rapids to finish its season 26-9 overall.

Byron, Kasson-Mantorville Section 1AAA volleyball championship
Kasson-Mantorville head coach Larry Hegerle high-fives the team after winning the Section 1AAA volleyball championship match against Byron on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, at Mayo Civic Center in Rochester.
Traci Westcott / Post Bulletin file photo
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ST. PAUL — Kasson-Mantorville ended its season on a winning note in the Class AAA state volleyball tournament on Saturday, eking out a five-set win over Grand Rapids at Xcel Energy Center in the third-place match.

The KoMets won 25-18, 25-19, 26-28, 22-25, and 15-11.

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K-M got a big match from Ella Babcock, with 17 kills, 10 digs and 3 blocks. Abby Distad had 43 assists, 9 digs and 3 aces; Whitney Deno 13 kills and 28 digs; and Aryss McAdams 25 digs and 2 aces.

K-M, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, finished its year 26-9 overall. It entered the state tournament ranked third in the state. Grand Rapids was ranked fourth.

The KoMets landed second at state a year ago.

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Kasson-Mantorville 3, Grand Rapids 2
Grand Rapids#18#19#28#25#11
Kasson-Mantorville#25#25#26#22#15
Grand Rapids: No stats submitted.
Kasson-Mantorville: Aryss McAdams 25 digs, 2 aces; Jaden Heidt 12 digs, 5 aces; Skylar Flicek 3 kills, 8 blocks; Ella Babcock 17 kills, 10 digs, 3 blocks; Whitney Deno 13 kills, 28 digs; Abby Distad 43 assists, 9 digs, 3 aces; Ellie Ask 8 kills, 12 digs, 2 blocks; Sophia Sutton 4 kills, 2 blocks.

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