Tiger volleyball took a huge step forward this season by pulling off a rally against host Becker Sept. 13, taking the tight Granite Ridge match 20-25, 19-25, 27-25, 27-25, 16-14.
Princeton did not play well in the first two games, then the team was down 19-24 in game three. Beth Scharber came through with two crucial solo blocks at that point, and the momentum began turning in the Tigers’ favor.
“I’ve never seen anything like it. Beth’s blocks were absolutely huge for us and turned the match around,” exclaimed PHS Coach Mary Patnode.
Backup setter Heather Ewert found Hailey Mattson for two tips for the final difference in Game 5.
Granite Ridge Volleyball
Albany 3-0, 8-1; Mora 4-1, 8-2; Zimmerman 3-1, 8-2; St. Cloud Cathedral 3-1, 3-3; Milaca 2-1, 5-7; Little Falls 1-2, 3-10; Princeton 1-2, 2-7; Foley 0-4, 1-4; Becker 0-5, 0-8
Tigers 5th at Viking Invite
On Saturday, Princeton went 1-3 to take fifth place at the North Branch Invitational. The Tigers opened pool play with a 25-13, 25-13 loss to Warroad, pushed Esko in three games 21-25, 25-17, 15-11 and dropped a two-gamer to Section 7AAA partner St. Francis 25-15, 25-12.
The Tigers finished the day on a strong note when they defeated Moose Lake-Willow River 28-26, 25-20 in the fifth-place match.