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Volleyball: Wingers' season ends in Farmington

With one win in the regular season and coming into Wednesday’s Section 1AAA match as the No. 12 seed, Red Wing had nothing to lose. 

Facing off with fifth-seeded Farmington in the opening round of the section tournament, the Wingers played some of their best volleyball.

“We arrived to the game late with bus issues, so we had a slow start,” Red Wing assistant coach Kelly Norman said. “Once we got things going, we were right with them.”

Ultimately, the Wingers’ season closed after a three-set loss to their Missota Conference rivals, 25-17, 25-12, 25-18.

“As the No. 12 seed in our section, we were automatically labeled as the underdogs. I told the girls we had nothing to lose,” Norman said. 

“Our play was much stronger tonight compared to past games. We didn’t have as many serving and serve-receive errors, which shows in our scores.”

At the net, Sydney Book and Olivia Brown had strong nights slamming the ball in the season finale with five and four kills, respectively. Defensively, Taylor Steger put down three ace blocks in the loss.

Red Wing closes out the season with a 1-25 record. While the team took its lumps with a young roster and a new coach at the end of the season after head coach Heidi Ulwelling went on maternity leave, there is plenty to build on come next fall.

“We had a tough season, but we worked hard and made some good improvements along the way,” Norman said. “Being so young – we have all 12 varsity players returning next year – hopefully we can turn things around with a great amount of varsity experience from this year.”

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