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Vikings volleyball team wrap up another great season in 2017

Cook County Vikings
Cook County Vikings

The Cook County Vikings' season ended at the state tournament with a loss to New Life Academy Saturday, Nov. 11. 
However, whenever a school’s season ends in volleyball – or any sport for that matter – at the state tournament, there was an element of success in the year overall.

This was the Vikings third consecutive trip to the state tournament. Friday was a huge day in the program’s history, winning a match at the highest level of state play at the Xcel Energy Center. The Vikings won the match Nov. 10 in five sets over Ada-Borup/Norman County West High School.

WTIP broadcast each Vikings’ game live during the state tournament. A special thanks to Bob Carter and Abigail Sutton for calling the games.

Below is a wrap up of the Class A State Tournament from the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Class A

The top-seeded Crusaders of Mayer Lutheran (32-2) won their second consecutive championship after defeating Minneota 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-13). This was the second consecutive appearance for the Crusaders and their 13th overall. They won one additional title in 1982.

The Minneota Vikings (29-6), who were the No. 2 seed this year, were making their 11th appearance, but first since 2013.
Sophia Heuer paced Mayer Lutheran with 19 digs and 13 kills. Madi Beck had a team-high 17 kills for the Crusaders. Lydia Sussner led the Vikings with 13 kills and Abby Hennen added 18 digs.

Bethlehem Academy of Faribault claimed third-place honors after defeating Wadena-Deer Creek 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-14). New Life Academy of Woodbury went home with the consolation hardware. The Eagles beat Cook County of Grand Marais 3-0 (25-19, 27-25, 25-22).