Prep Volleyball: Cloquet, Grand Rapids & Esko earn section championship berths

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The Cloquet, Grand Rapids, and Esko volleyball teams each earned section semifinal wins Wednesday to advance to the championship games.

In Section 7AAA, Cloquet downed Hermantown 3-1 (25-21, 19-25, 25-18, 25-13). In Grand Rapids the Thunderhawks beat North Branch 3-1 (25-13, 25-18, 29-31, 25-21) with Braya Laplant surpassing 2,000 career set assists.

Grand Rapids and Cloquet will battle for the 7AAA title Saturday in Hermantown at 1 p.m.

In Section 7AA, Esko shut down Greenway 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-12) and Rush City blanked International Falls 3-0 (25-11, 25-9, 25-19) improving to 26-1.

Esko and Rush City will serve up the 7AA championship game Saturday in Hermantown at 6 p.m.

The Section 7A title game will be Saturday at 4 p.m. also in Hermantown against undefeated Ely and Floodwood.