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UPDATED: Sports roundup from Friday, October 25
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Alexandria 6, Minnesota 1

The Alexandria Blizzard improved to 7-2 on Friday night by rolling over the Minnesota Flying Aces 6-1 at the Runestone Community Center. Bryce Mitzel got the Blizzard going with a first-period goal a little more than 13 minutes into the game. Alexandria never looked back from there, scoring two in the second and three more in the final frame. Aaron Ryback and Joe Anderson made it 3-0 in the middle period. Mick Dhein made it 4-0 about seven minutes into the third period before Mitzel and Ryback added their second goals of the night to put the finishing touches on things. Evan Bisek got the win in net after giving up just one goal and turning aside 22 shots. Minnesota's only goal came in the third period with the game already out of reach at 4-0. The Blizzard will be on the road against Granite City on Saturday night to wrap up the weekend with a matchup  against the Lumberjacks. Drop of the puck is set for 7:30.



Section 8AAA playoffs

Alexandria 3, St. Cloud Tech 2 (24-26, 25-18, 22-25, 25-13, 15-7) 

The top-seeded Alexandria volleyball team survived a scare from St. Cloud Tech to win in five sets and move on to the section semifinals on Tuesday night. The Cardinals will host that game at 7 p.m. against Detroit Lakes.

Click here for more on the Cardinals win over St. Cloud Tech.

Section 6AA-North

Osakis 3, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 0 (25-9, 25-19, 25-19) 

The Osakis volleyball team swept LPGE for the second time  in 10 days to earn a spot in the subsection semifinals. The Silverstreaks will host that match against third-seeded Melrose on Tuesday night at 7.

Brooke Sorenson had eight of Osakis' 28 kills to go along with five blocks. Madi Forsell added five kills and Annalise Savageau and Brittney Sadlemyer each had four. Savageau led the Silverstreks with 17 assists and Abby Stroup carried the defense with 16 digs.

"We started out very strong tonight," head coach Kirsten Wessel said. "It was fun to watch how well the team worked together. Brooke blocked and hit very well...this team continues to impress me. I look forward to our next playoff match."

Battle Lake 3, WCA 2 (28-26, 19-25, 20-25, 25-21, 15-9)

The West Central Area volleyball team watched a 2-1 lead slip away on Friday night in the opening round of the 6A-South tournament.

Battle Lake won a close first set 28-26 before falling in the next two. The Battlers responded from there with 25-21 and 15-9 wins to advance in the tournament and send the Knights home after a 16-9 season.

"Tonight was a heartbreaking loss for us," WCA head coach Beth Hill said. "These girls put in a tremendous season and I am immensely proud of all they accomplished. None of us were ready fro the end, but we need to remember the season as a whole."

Holly Van Kempen led the Knights at the net with 19 kills and 10 blocks to go along with 11 digs. Christina Kruize had 42 assists and 29 digs, while Tiana Christenson finishedwith 14 kills and 21 digs.

Eric Morken
Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.
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