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Wolverines are state consolation champs

The 2009 Wadena-Deer Creek volleyball team won consolation honors in the Class AA State Tournament Saturday at the Excel Center in St. Paul.1 / 10
Jared Wegscheid, left, Colter Pettit and Isaiah Toedter whooped it up as Wadena-Deer Creek took on top-ranked Marshall in the Class AA state tournament quarterfinals.2 / 10
WDC's Rachel Craig (12) and Kelsi Crawford (2) try to block a shot by Marshall's Jessica Baker (9).3 / 10
WDC students cheer for their team.4 / 10
WDC's Kelsi Crawford (2) puts the ball out of the reach of Marshall defender Tina Tauer (2) in Game 3.5 / 10
Photos by Brian Hansel The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines opened the state tournament with the top-ranked Tigers of Marshall at the Xcel Center in St. Paul.6 / 10
The Wadena-Deer Creek Pep Band performed at the Xcel Energy Center during the state tournament.7 / 10
Hope Theisen (4) and Mandy Perkins (8) look on as Caitlin Volkmann (1) returns a volley.8 / 10
WDC volleyers celebrate a point in their third game with Marshall.9 / 10
Class AA all-state tournament picks Kelsi Crawford and Courtney Volkmann flank head coach Sue Volkmann, who holds the AA state consolation trophy.10 / 10

The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines capped one of their finest seasons last Saturday by taking consolation honors in the Class AA state volleyball tournament.

Sue Volkmann's young team not only won a match at the state tournament, they won a pair of them and ended the season 30-5 by beating Byron 3-1.

The midday match at St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center saw Brittney Noon pound down 22 kills, Courtney Volkmann record 37 set assists and Hope Theisen collect 20 digs. Kelsi Crawford contributed 13 kills for her third straight double-figure kill performance at state. Rachel Craig had eight blocks.

Volkmann was named to the Class AA all-state squad and joined Crawford on the all-state tournament team.

The Wolverines not only gave Class AA state champ Marshall trouble, they bounced back from their quarterfinal loss to the Tigers on Thursday to defeat New London-Spicer 3-1 on Friday evening.

"The kids work so hard," said Volkmann. "They realize it's not just what you do during the season but what you do in the off-season."

The Wolverines will bring 14 of their 15 players back for the 2010 season.

Wadena-Deer Creek 25-25-23-25,

Byron 18-16-25-21

Byron (27-7) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Brittlyn Olson 11-3-1;

Kaytlin Remold 10-0-2; Britta Schubert 8-0-1; Erika McRoberts 6-0-0;

Melissa Vosberg 5-0-1; Karlee Johnson 2-0-0; Kaitlyn Dykes 0-1-0;

Totals 42-4-3.0. (Assists) - Karlee Johnson 18; Jillian Krier 18. (Dig

Leaders) - Jordan Price 20; Brittlyn Olson 17; Karlee Johnson 9;

Britta Schubert 8

Wadena-Deer Creek (30-5) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Brittney Noon

22-0-3; Kelsi Crawford 13-0-1; Courtney Volkmann 5-3-3; Rachel Craig

5-0-8; Rachael Carlisle 3-0-3; Kelly DeFoe 0-0-2; Mandy Perkins 0-2-0;

Hope Theisen 0-1-0; Totals 48-6-11.0. (Assists) - Courtney Volkmann

37. (Dig leaders) - Hope Theisen 20; Courtney Volkmann 12; Mandy

Perkins 9

Wadena-Deer Creek 25-25-29,

New London-Spicer 20-18-27

Crawford had 13 kills and Noon contributed 12 Friday evening as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines blitzed fourth-seeded New London-Spicer 3-0 to qualify for the Class AA state volleyball tournament's consolation championship.

Crawford and Noon were set up for their double figure kills by strong back row play. Hope Theisen had 15 digs while Avery Jackson and Mandy Perkins had 11. Noon and Courtney Volkmann both contributed nine digs. Volkmann was the assist leader with 26.

The victory helped the Wolverines realize their goal of posting a match victory in the state tournament. The Wolverines lost both of their state tournament games last year and qualifying for state for the first time since 1991.

Wadena-Deer Creek 25-25-29,

New London-Spicer 20-18-27

Wadena-Deer Creek (29-5) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Kelsi Crawford

13-0-2; Brittney Noon 12-1-3; Rachael Carlisle 3-0-2; Courtney

Volkmann 3-1-1; Rachel Craig 2-0-6; Kelly DeFoe 2-0-3; Avery Jackson

1-0-0; Hope Theisen 1-0-0; Mandy Perkins 0-1-0; Totals 37-3-9.0.

(Assists) - Courtney Volkmann 26. (Dig leaders) - Hope Theisen 15;

Avery Jackson 11; Mandy Perkins 11; Brittney Noon 9; Courtney Volkmann


New London-Spicer (32-3) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Taylor Thompsen

8-0-4; Karli Wendlandt 8-0-1; Karsee Knutson 7-0-0; Cassie Ziemer

4-0-0; Justine Dammermann 4-1-1; Alanna Dietz 1-0-1; Jenna Moritz

0-2-0; Hannah Setterberg 0-2-0; Totals 32-5-4.0. (Assists) - Justine

Dammermann 21. (Dig leaders) - Taylor Thompsen 15; Justine Dammermann

10; Karsee Knutson 9; Cassie Ziemer 9