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Volleyball: Royals top Wolfpack to close regular season

Abby Hawks (5) of the Royals hits a ball past a pair of Park defenders. John Molene / contributor1 / 3
Park's Annika Black goes up to defend a hit by Woodbury's Hailey Rassel in game one Oct. 17. John Molene / contributor2 / 3
Woodbury outside hitter Hannah Tri — her team's lone senior — hits past Park's Mackenzie Husaby in game one Oct. 17. John Molene / contributor3 / 3

With a new young coach and just one senior on the team, youthful Woodbury struggled to open the season.

The Royals turned it around however, as evidenced by their 2-2 finish in the Bloomington Jefferson Tourney Oct. 14, and their three-game sweep of visiting Park Oct. 17.

Woodbury won at home in straight sets in the final regular-season match for both teams.

After starting the season 0-8, the Royals have steadily made progress. Woodbury went 6-6 over the last two thirds of the season, including 4-4 in the Suburban East Conference.

With the win over Park, Woodbury improved to 7-14 overall and 4-4 in the conference.

Park's season-long struggles continued. The Wolfpack finished the regular season just 4-17 and were winless in the conference.

Section play for both teams begins Oct. 24.