The Magic volleyball team entered this season with big dreams. The talented group, led by senior star Jamie Maus, had their eyes on a first-ever state tournament appearance.
Friday, playing host to Detroit Lakes in the section quarterfinals, the dream was extinguished.
The fourth seeded Magic were eliminated from postseason play in four games, 25-15, 25-18, 17-25 and 25-23.
“It’s tough, especially for our seniors,” said Coach Beth Modaff. “You set goals, and you hope that you can reach them.”
The Magic ended the regular season playing some of their best volleyball of the year. But they entered the postseason battling a couple of injuries, and they had a tough time getting started against the feisty five seed.
“It wasn’t our best match,” said Modaff. “There were certain areas we struggled in.”
Modaff admitted that the pressure of the team’s goals, dealing with injuries and having their season on the line may have weighed on the Magic.
“You’re playing for everything,” she said. “It’s a lot of pressure.”
Once the Magic settled in, it seemed like they might still have time. They won the third set in impressive fashion.
“In game three, we played really well. I think we were starting to be able to read exactly where their hitters were hitting,” said Modaff. “We started to get comfortable.”
That carried over to the fourth set, where the Magic took an early five-point lead. But, they couldn’t hold it. Detroit Lakes rallied for the narrow fourth set win to close out the Magic.
While Modaff said the Magic made several costly mistakes in the closeout game, she also credited Detroit Lakes.
“They had some very solid servers,” she said. “They took us out of our system.”
Despite battling an ankle injury, Jamie Maus led the Magic with 16 kills. Sara Macek added 11 with a team high hitting percentage of 59. Laura Wurtinger tallied 21 assists for the Magic and Katie Fisette finished with a team-high 11 digs.
The Magic finish the season with a record of 16-12-3.
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