Kasson-Mantorville is headed back to The X.
The No. 1-ranked KoMets volleyball team got pushed in four sets by Hiawatha Valley League rival Lake City on Saturday in the Section One, Class AA championship match, but the KoMets remained poised and pulled out a 3-1 victory in a back-and-forth match.
K-M won 25-17, 25-27, 25-14, 26-24 at Mayo Civic Center.
The KoMets (30-2) are the No. 1 overall seed in this week’s Class AA state tournament, which runs Thursday through Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. K-M will face Section 6AA champion St. Cloud Cathedral (28-2) at 5 p.m. Thursday in the state quarterfinals.
K-M swept Lake City 3-0 when the teams met in the regular season, but the Tigers went toe-to-toe with K-M on Saturday.
On a day when K-M senior hitter Peyton Suess was named a finalist for the 2018 Minnesota Miss Volleyball Award, she fought through Lake City’s tough block and defense to lead her team back to state. Suess finished with 25 kills against Lake City (19-12).
Medford edges M-C
Mabel-Canton won 30 matches this season through strong teamwork and outstanding defensive play. The Cougars were good in those areas again Saturday, but so was Medford. And the Tigers used their height advantage to their advantage, pulling out a 3-1 victory in the Section 1A championship match.
Kinsey Cronin, a 6-foot sophomore middle hitter was tough to stop. She led the Tigers (27-5) with 18 kills as they won 26-24, 25-21, 18-25, 25-21.
Junior middle hitter Sarina Stortz led Mabel-Canton with 18 kills and 2 blocks, while senior hitter Maddy Michels added 11 kills and 3 blocks.
M-C, ranked No. 6, closes its season at 30-6 and will lose three talented seniors who have played on the varsity for four or more years — Lexi Thorson, Hannah Snell and Michels.
K-W’s season ends
Kenyon-Wanamingo’s bid for a third straight trip to the Class AA state tournament came up just short. The Knights (24-9) fell to section playoff rival Belle Plaine 3-0 on Saturday at Mankato East High School in the Section 2AA championship match.
Belle Plaine (24-6) won 25-5, 25-19, 25-21 to qualify for state for the first time since 2015.
For K-W, this season marked its sixth consecutive year with at least 22 victories. The Knights, who have averaged 26.2 wins per season since moving to Section 2AA six years ago, had just three seniors on this year’s team.