Patriots reach quarterfinals
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Senior Haley Van Wyhe keeps a ball in play during Monday's tournament win in Adrian.


A long drought came to an end for the Hills-Beaver Creek volleyball team Monday in Adrian.

After playing through nine seasons without recording a postseason victory, the Patriots ended the streak by pulling out a 3-2 victory over Adrian Monday in Adrian.

The teams exchanged victories during the first four sets of the match.

H-BC, however, used a late surge in the fifth set to secure a 15-11 victory and win their first South Section 3A Tournament game since the 2003 campaign.

“This was an awesome team win for us,” said Patriot coach Mary Jo Graphenteen.

“It was a hard-fought match by both teams. There were a lot of momentum shifts during the match, but our girls never quit.”

The victory sends 6-17 H-BC to Luverne Friday, where the ninth-seeded Patriots take on No. 1 Southwest Christian in the quarterfinals. The match begins at 6 p.m.

H-BC came up big in the fifth set Monday in Adrian to earn a trip to Luverne.

With the score tied at one, the Patriots put together a 9-3 run ending with a kill from Hattie Van Wyhe to open a 10-4 lead.

Adrian battled back to knot the score at 11, but H-BC scored the next four points and prevailed 15-11 when Van Wyhe served a match-ending ace.

The Patriots trailed 12-11 in the first set when they used a 10-5 surge ending with a service point from Kelly Esselink to gain a 21-17 lead.

The Patriots scored four of the next five points to prevail 25-18 when Haley Van Wyhe ended the set with a service point.

Adrian bounced back to open a 16-9 lead in the second set before H-BC rallied to trim the difference to one point (20-19) with a kill from Haley Van Wyhe.

The Dragons countered with a 5-1 spurt to even the match with a 25-20 victory.

H-BC snapped a deadlock at 13 in the third set with a 6-1 surge ending with a service point from Esselink to gain a 19-14 lead.

Adrian fought back to sport 24-22 and 26-25 leads late in the set, but H-BC scored the final three points to prevail 28-26 after Taylor Wingert served a set-ending ace.

The fourth set was knotted at four when AHS went on a 21-11 run to post a 25-15 win.

Paige Leuthold (17 of 17 serving and 30 set assists), Jessica Sandbulte (22 of 22 serving, 12 digs and five kills), Haley Van Wyhe (15 of 15 serving and nine kills), Hattie Van Wyhe (26 digs and four kills) and Meghan Leuthold (10 kills and three blocks) led H-BC statistically.

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