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Otters third at state [UPDATED]

Published 4:24am Monday, November 11, 2013 Updated 6:24am Monday, November 11, 2013

A lot of excitement and work went into the 2013 Fergus Falls girls volleyball season. Taking third in the Class AA state tournament Saturday, the girls had plenty to cheer about. After the match, the four Otter senior captains, Anna Monke, Devonie Smith, Laura Gaustad and Brianna Rasmusson, commented on their state tournament run.

“It’s amazing, I am so proud of these girls,” Monke said after the Otters’ 3-1 win over Kasson-Mantorville. “They played exceptionally well and our goal was to end the year with a win and that is what we did.”

“It is really great to end on a win,” Rasmusson said. “We worked so hard all season and I was just really excited.”

Gaustad talked about how important the trip was for the Fergus Falls volleyball program. “It’s a huge accomplishment for our whole program.”

“I hope to see more Fergus volleyball teams come down here and enjoy this experience,” Monke added.

With the main focus on the inexperience of the Otters in state competition, the team reminisced on its time at the tournament – on the court and off.

“The atmosphere is amazing,” Rasmusson said. “Even off the court we had so much fun. It was a great experience, even in the game that we didn’t win, it was a lot of fun.”

The Otter captain also remarked how amazing it was to have the community of Fergus Falls come down to support them in the three-day tournament.

“It’s amazing to see how much support we had down here,” Smith said. “Everyone wants us to succeed and it’s great to see that type of dedication.”

With all four of the players playing their last volleyball game for the maroon and gold, what they miss the most will be the coaches and each other.

“It was amazing to end with a win. This group of girls has grown up playing together and I could have not enjoyed that game anymore,” Monke said.

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