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The Benilde-St. Margaret's girls' volleyball team finished the 2022 season on Saturday, Nov. 12 receiving the second place trophy in the MSHSL State Tournament after falling 0-3 to the Class AAA Champion, Marshall High School Tigers.
"We are so incredibly proud of the team and all they were able to accomplish this season," said Michael Becker, head coach. "I can't say we really knew what kind of history we'd be making this season. Our goal at the beginning of the season was to make it to the state tournament, but making it for the first time since 1983, and making it to the first ever State Championship game in school history is something that these girls can be proud of for the rest of their lives."
The Red Knights fought hard in each match as students, faculty, alumni, and board members cheered them on at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
Elizabeth Eigner '23 and Michaela Dooley '24 were named to the All-Tournament team for their outstanding play and teamwork during the State Tournament.
"We knew this was a special group of players from the day they walked into tryouts. Their dedication, never-quit attitude, and team-first mentality drove them all season long. Many times throughout the postseason journey this team was seemingly down and out, but they fought back and earned their way to their 2nd place finish at the AAA tournament," Coach Becker said, adding, "We congratulate Coach Dan Westby and the Marshall Tigers on their dominant season - they are truly a program that deserves all of their success! A huge thank you to all of our parents, students, faculty and staff, and all of our fans who supported us this season! We truly believe we won't be waiting another 40 years to make it back to the X, and we can't wait to get started on that journey next fall!"
BSM congratulates the Girls' varsity volleyball team for their effort, teamwork, and integrity as student athletes and an outstanding season. We're BSM proud of you!
Go Red Knights!
Update: November 11
Update: November 10
The Red Knight volleyball team defeated Monticello High School on Wednesday, Nov. 9 in the first round of the 2022 State Class AAA Girls Volleyball Tournament after five thrilling sets to win the match 3-2. BSM will now play in the state semifinals on Friday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. against Kasson-Mantorville at the Xcel Energy Center.
BSM administration has decided to dismiss school at 10 a.m. so students, faculty, and staff may attend the game and enjoy the volleyball tournament. Friday’s special schedule will consist of shortened periods (2,4,6, & 8) with no homeroom or lunch period. The school building will remain open on Friday, Nov. 11 and will be staffed and supervised. Students who do not attend the game but wish to do their schoolwork at BSM are welcome to stay and study. Taher will be open for food service. The route buses will depart at 11 a.m.
For those students wishing to attend the game, tickets must be purchased in advance at www.mshsl.org/tickets. Fan buses will leave BSM at 10:05 a.m. Students must register before noon on Thursday, Nov. 10 to ride the fan bus. Sign up for the fan bus using this form. The Xcel Energy Center is a contactless facility, requiring payment for concessions with debit or credit cards.
Go Red Knights!
Update: November 7
BSM girls’ volleyball advanced to the Class AAA MSHSL State Tournament after defeating the Delano Tigers 3-2 in a thrilling fashion to capture the Section 6AAA championship title on Thursday, Nov. 3. After three sets, the Red Knights found themselves down 1-2 and needing to complete a comeback. BSM rallied and took the final two sets, sending them to their first state tournament appearance since 1983. The Red Knights put up a dominant 23-7 record this season leading up to state tournament play.
BSM has earned the No. 3 seed heading into the Class AAA State Tournament and will open up quarterfinal action against Monticello on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Xcel Energy Center. Tickets are $17 for adults and $11 for students and must be purchased online at www.mshsl.org/tickets.
Fan buses to the game will leave at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7 from BSM. Students wishing to ride the fan bus to the game must register online using this form: 2022 State Girls’ Volleyball - Fan Bus Registration. The form will close promptly at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8 because BSM needs an exact count of students riding fan buses. Post-game buses will leave the Xcel Energy Center 15 minutes after the game, and adults will help direct students from the Xcel Energy Center to the bus parking location.
As the tournament goes on, this article will be updated with additional information.
Best of luck ladies, and go Red Knights!