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Hanson rolls Mitchell Christian for District 8B title

ALEXANDRIA -- Consistent from the very start, the Hanson Beavers swept Mitchell Christian 3-0 to win the District 8B volleyball championship. Set scores were 25-13, 25-12 and 25-18. In set one, the Golden Eagles jumped to an early 4-1 lead, but t...

ALEXANDRIA - Consistent from the very start, the Hanson Beavers swept Mitchell Christian 3-0 to win the District 8B volleyball championship.

Set scores were 25-13, 25-12 and 25-18.

In set one, the Golden Eagles jumped to an early 4-1 lead, but the Beavers scored five points to take a 6-4 lead. Hanson expanded its lead to 14-9 and then 20-12, en route to the first set.

MCS raced to a 4-2 advantage in the second set but once again, the Beavers would come back and score six straight points behind the serving of junior Hannah Marquardt.

The Golden Eagles pulled to within 8-7 but the Beavers scored eight of the next nine points and a 16-8 lead and MCS couldn't recover.

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"We all played really good and had a lot of energy," Marquardt said. "We work really well together and I think this was one of the best games we played all season."

The third and final set, like the first two sets, saw the Golden Eagles quickly jump to a 4-1 lead. Hanson fought back but MCS managed to stay close and even took the lead at 13-12. But that's the last lead that the Golden Eagles would hold.

Tied at 14, the Beavers reeled off the next six points and had a 20-14 advantage. MCS could get no closer than 23-18 and Hanson closed out the title.

Kynedi Cheeseman led the Beavers with 18 kills, two blocks, 12 digs and three ace serves. Cheeseman noted that their game against Howard in the semifinals was not one of their best game and came out motivated against the Golden Eagles.

"Before the game, we talked about not playing to the best of our abilities," Cheeseman said. "We did come out on fire tonight and we knew that we had to prove ourselves. I'm proud in how everyone has improved this season."

For the Beavers, Ashley Moe followed with 16 kills and Marquardt had 15 digs. Tayah Waldera had 16 assists and 11 digs, while Heather Kayser added 16 assists.

"Our goal was to be more consistent," Hanson coach Yolanda Price said. "We wanted to be even better and take advantage of when the Reynen girls were in the back row. We have good hitters all the way around so I wasn't too worried about playing consistently. They all seemed on tonight."

MCS coach Chris Nemec said the Beavers were on their game on Friday.

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"Hanson is a really good team and you have to give them credit," he said. "They have a great team and a great coach and it shows. Our girls fought hard and they fought to the best of their abilities and that's all you can ask for."

Emily Reynen led the Golden Eagles, 15-12, with five kills, two blocks and 10 digs, followed by her sister Abbie with five kills, two blocks and nine digs. Kelsey Thompson with had 12 assists and Katelyn Karhoff had eight digs.

Hanson improved to 22-5 on the year and moves to the championship of Region 4B Tuesday night in Madison against the Chester Area Flyers, with the winner advancing to the state tournament. Mitchell Christian's season ends at 15-12.

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