East Sac County won the Twin Lakes Conference tournament Thursday night.

South Central Calhoun, who entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed, fell to fourth place in the tournament, after falling in the semi-finals to Newell-Fonda. 

It's hard to say that the Twin Lakes Conference tournament was full of surprises, but it was also a tournament that didn't just see the best seeds win every match. There were a few surprises as East Sac, under first-year head coach, Brenda Olerich was able to guide her team to a perfect Thursday in Laurens. 

The Raiders started their tournament run with a two set win over Pocahontas Area. After surviving the first set, in a 25-23 victory, the Raiders were able to cruise to a 25-15 win in the second set. 

With that win they were able to move onto the semi-finals where they went up against Southeast Valley. Both teams engaged in a heated battle throughout the first set. Just when it seemed that one team had the advantage, the other team stormed to back-to-back points to tie the set. The tie continued well past the original 25-point mark to win. 

Both teams tied each other at the 24, 25 and 26th points. However, the Jaguars found the final two points of the first set to win 28-26. 

East Sac County bounced back though. Although both teams struggled to shake each other off in the second set, eventually East Sac County found the advantage and worked their way to a 25-23 victory to tie the match at one set each. 

The third set would be the tie breaker, with the winner going onto the championship match. 

In the third set the Raiders refused to give into the Jaguars as they were able to work their way to a 15-9 victory. The six-point margin of victory was the largest of the match for either team. 

East Sac's foe in the finals was somewhat of an unexpected opponent. Throughout the season the best two teams in the Twin Lakes Conference had been East Sac and South Central Calhoun. However, Newell-Fonda had downed the Titans in the semi-finals, and would be the final opponent for the Raiders. 

With the tournament championship on the line, both teams came out hitting the ball well. Like they had in the semi-finals, the Raiders had to work to earn every point against the Mustangs. 

Newell-Fonda powered their way to the win in the first set, gaining a 26-24 victory. 

With the championship on the line, both teams increased their energy level in the second set. Every point was seemingly answered by the other team, and for the second time in the night, East Sac would have to play multiple extra points.

Both teams tied each other at the 24, 25 and 26th points. This time, East Sac County was able to survive to the final two points of the set, earning a 28-26 victory.

Now, high drama filled the Laurens-Marathon court. The Twin Lakes Conference tournament champions would be decided in the third set of the championship match. 

As they had throughout the rest of the match, East Sac County and Newell-Fonda struggled to create separation between each other. The Raiders were able to dig deep, however and were able to grab a 15-11 victory, to be named the 2018 TLC tournament champions. 

Leading the way for the Raiders throughout the three matches on Thursday night was Bailey Wollesen who found 26 kills on the night. She also added eight digs, six blocks. 

Bailey Boeckman finished with 22 kills. She had one assist, 28 digs, four aces and two blocks. Kaylee Odendahl finished the match with 15 kills, 10 digs, five blocks and four aces. 

Wylee Kreft finished with 11 kills, 10 digs, five blocks and an ace.

Maty Quirk had two kills, 37 assists, 38 digs, six blocks and an ace. 

Madi Friedrichsen found 18 assists and 10 digs. 

South Central Calhoun finished in fourth place in Thursday's tournament. 

The Titans started their night with a three set win over Alta-Aurelia in the first round. In that match, the Titans fought their way to a 25-22 victory in the first set. However, Alta-Aurelia won the second set 25-23. In the third set, SCC ran away with the match earning a 15-7 victory. 

After dispatching the Warriors from the championship bracket, the Titans moved to the semi-finals where they took on Newell-Fonda. The Mustangs seemed to have revenge on their mind, as they avenged an earlier 3-0 sweep that SCC handed to them in the regular season. 

Newell-Fonda won the first set 25-20, and then held off SCC just long enough for a 26-24 win in the second set. 

After falling to Newell-Fonda, the Mustangs went on to play Southeast Valley for third place. 

The Jaguars were able to take the first set, winning 25-18. Once again South Central Calhoun fought back in the second set, but Southeast Valley held onto a 25-22 victory, putting South Central Calhoun in fourth place in the tournament. 

Both teams will begin the postseason for their next match. For TLC tournament champions, East Sac County, they will host Alta-Aurelia on Tuesday in Lake View. 

Regular season champions of the TLC, South Central Calhoun, will play on Monday Oct. 22 when they host the winner of Tuesday's match between Belmond-Klemme and Ft. Dodge St. Edmond.