Crusaders down Paton-Churdan, set rematch with Glidden-Ralston

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Although they were pretty well focused on eliminating Paton-Churdan, in the back of their minds they might have been thinking about a revenge game.

Coon Rapids-Bayard didn’t get too far ahead of themselves on Tuesday night, as they downed Paton-Churdan 3-1 in the first round of the class 1A regional volleyball tournament.

Now, they have the matchup they have been wanting.

A rubber match against Glidden-Ralston, the team that took the regular and tournament Rolling Valley Conference wins away from the Crusaders.

Containing the offense of Paton-Churdan was one of the keys for Coon Rapids-Bayard to advance into next Tuesday’s rematch.

The Crusaders only had four blocks against a Paton-Churdan team that features Danielle Hoyle, a tall and powerful hitter for the Rockets, but all night long the Crusaders focuesed their attack on keeping Hoyle from getting into a routine.

Helping keep the Crusaders attack alive was a team effort that featured a total of 125 digs in the match.

The team was led by senior Cora McAlister who had 34 on the night. Both Lexie Davis and Chloe Parkis added 28 each.

The constant digs by the Crusaders helped them keep the hard-hitting attacks of the Rockets contained, and set up kill opportunities for their own offense.

Kills were needed as both teams had heavy offensive nights.

CR-B won the first set 25-19, and then took the second set in extra points 26-24. The Rockets were able to grab the fourth set 26-24, but then CR-B advanced on in the season with a fourth set, 25-22 victory.

Alaya Betts led the way with 12 kills on Tuesday. Alexa Culbertson added 10.

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