Volleyball: Polars end Titans' season with 3-0 triumph in Section 4AAA play

The second-seeded North Polars made it three-and-out for the Tartan Titans when they met in the quarterfinals of Section 4AAA volleyball action Oct. 25 in the Hal Norgard Gymnasium.

The School District 622 rivals met for the third time this year, and each time the Polars were able to get the best of the Titans.

When reminded that the Titans, who were seeded seventh in the playoffs, pretty much "shot themselves in the foot" with unforced errors, Tartan coach Josh Mattison responded by saying, "I'm getting tired of hearing that term. Every time we have played them this year, it seems that is the case.

"Tonight, except for game two, we weren't even close. I think that (game two) was pretty much the determining game in the match. When we lost that we just were not able to gain momentum for game three.

"But North is a good team. That's why they were ranked No. 2 in the section. I hope they can go on and win the section."

North High coach Steve Anderson, said, "We did what we wanted to do tonight.

"We wanted to put pressure on them early and we did that. Our girls played hard, and I thought our defense made the difference. We did well and even in game two, when we got our backs to the wall, we stepped up and answered the challenge. We'll see what happens in our next match."

The "next match" for the Polars occurred Oct. 30 when they met sixth-seeded East Ridge in a game played at Cretin-Derham Hall.

If the Polars make it to the finals they will play either Roseville (fourth seed) or Cretin-Derham Hall (first seed) in a match scheduled for Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at Washington High School in St. Paul.

Unforced errors hurt Titans

In game one against the Titans the Polars rolled to a 13-2 start as they had little trouble establishing a solid defense. The Polars scored points in multiples and ended on top of a 25-6 count. In the game the Titans had eight unforced errors to just two for the Polars.

Game two was a different story. Though the Titans could never forge a lead, they were never out of the contest as well.

Tartan kept lingering and provided the Polars with all they could ask for.

North got off to a 7-3 start. But Tartan came back and made the score 6-7. The Titans kept right up with the Polars. Every time North would move to a three- or four-point lead, Tartan would regroup and make a comeback.

Finally the Titans were able to level the score at 17. North picked up a couple of points and Tartan kept fighting hard. The Titans were able to muster enough energy to gain another tie, this time at 23-23.

A service into the net moved North to a 24-23 lead that was followed by a service ace by Holly Ellwanger - she ended with three in the match - and the Polars claimed game two by 25-23.

Again in game three, the Titans kept hanging around but this time they couldn't close the door on the Polars, who were intent on scoring two or three points to every one the Titans could muster.

The final in game three was North by a count of 25-17.

The Titans had a total of 29 unforced errors to 19 for the Polars. In the match the Titans' Kaisa Mattson ended with nine kills while Kayla Morris had six. Mikayla Miller added 15 set assists for points.

On the Polars' side of the net Nevena Vukomanovich led with 14 kills and Talia Jaskulske recorded eight. Defensively, Clara Krenz was credited with 13 digs and along with her three service aces, Ellwanger ended with 25 set assists.

The Polars played in semifinal action Oct. 30 with hopes of meeting the winner of the Cretin-Derham Hall versus Roseville, Nov. 1, at Washington High School.