Volleyball: Thunder, seeded in 2nd in section, beat Blake in opener

Gabby Antolak (16) made the block against Blake’s Stacie Bellairs. Alongside Antolak was Brooke Borchardt. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)


The Zimmerman Thunder, seeded No. 2 in their section, rolled past Blake 25-14, 25-11, 25-13 in their playoff opener on Tuesday evening at home.

The Thunder (19-7) will  host No. 7 Rockford (7-18) Tuesday in the second round of the 15-team Section 5AA tournament.

Top seed is Maple Lake (16-11), which beat the Thunder 3-0 on Aug. 30.

Blake finished the season 0-24.

Brooke Borchardt made 9 kills, Nikki O’Keefe 4 and Cassie Ortberg 2 for the Thunder. Amanda Meleen put up 17 assists. Meleen made 6 digs and O’Keefe, Morgan Feldick and Ortberg 5 each.

Morgan Feldick of the Thunder digs up a spike. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)