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Photo by Brian Hansel WDC's Rachel Craig (12) plays the net in Thursday's Class AA state tournament volleyball match with Marshall at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Top-seeded Marshall is too much

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Sue Volkmann's Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines challenged the top-seeded Marshall Tigers in two of three games Thursday at the Class AA state volleyball tournament.

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Making their second straight appearance in the state tournament, the Wolverines made the Tigers work hard for a 25-20 victory in Game 1. The Wolverines led Game 2 until the Tigers were able to rally for a 21-19 deficit with six straight points. The Tigers never trailed in Game 3 and won a 25-11 decision.

Courtney Volkmann had 38 assists and 10 digs for WDC while Kelsi Crawford put down 14 kills. Kayla Wallerich paced the Tigers with nine kills, 23 assists and 13 digs.

The Wolverines, 28-5, will face New London-Spicer, 32-2, in a consolation bracket match Friday at 5 p.m. On the Xcel Center's No. 2 court.

Marshall 25-25-25,

Wadena-Deer Creek 20-21-11

Wadena-Deer Creek (28-5) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Kelsi Crawford

14-0-0; Rachael Carlisle 7-0-0; Brittney Noon 6-0-1; Rachel Craig

3-0-1; Avery Jackson 1-0-0; Courtney Volkmann 1-1-1; Sydney Schissel

1-0-0; Emily Miron 1-0-0; Totals 34-1-2.0. (Assists) - Courtney

Volkmann 31. (Dig leaders) - Hope Theisen 11; Avery Jackson 11;

Courtney Volkmann 10

Marshall (29-3) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Jessica Baker 10-0-3;

Kayla Wallerich 9-2-3; Rachel Westby 8-2-1; Amy Full 7-0-2; Dani

Beekman 5-1-1; Kelsey Deragisch 3-0-0; Tina Tauer 1-0-0; Alyssa Netzke

0-3-0; Totals 43-8-5.0. (Assists) - Kayla Wallerich 23; Kelsey

Deragisch 15. (Dig leaders) - Kayla Wallerich 13; Alyssa Netzke 12;

Rachel Westby 11; Kelsey Deragisch 10

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