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Defending volleyball champs eliminate Holmen in school’s first-ever state tournament

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Holmen's Kristen Anderson with the dig in the WIAA Division 1 state quarterfinal matchup against Appleton North on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021 (PHOTO: Cedric Friesen)

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Up against the defending state champs in its first-ever WIAA state volleyball tournament for the Holmen High School ended in defeat on Thursday.

Second-seeded Appleton North took all three sets 25-13, 25-18, 25-18 in the Division 1 quarterfinal against the No. 7 Vikings from the Resch Center.

Holmen’s Kyla Christnovich with the swing against Appleton North in the Division 1 state quarterfinals at the Resch Center on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021. (PHOTO: Cedric Friesen)

Marissa Pederson had nine kills, seven digs and an ace for Holmen (29-3), while teammates Ellie Kline had 19 digs and Kassie Mueller added 16.

This is North’s second-consecutive appearance at the state tournament. The Lightning (37-6-1) have gotten to state six times since 2013.

Holmen hit just .019 percent with 18 errors and 20 kills, while North had two players combine for 35 digs and another added 10.

The Lightning hit .176 percent with 20 errors. Brianna Cantrell had 13 kills on 39 attacks, while teammate Kennedy Martin, who is 6-foot-6, had 11 kills on 29 attacks and hit .474 percent.

Host of WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Hometown: Greenville, Wis | Avid noonball basketball player and sand volleyballer in La Crosse

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