Volleyball: Ellsworth and Elmwood advance; Plum City, Prescott and Spring Valley eliminated
The Ellsworth Panthers and the Elmwood Raiders have survived the opening round of the WIAA playoffs and are onto the second round of regionals.
The same cannot be said for the remaining three Pierce County teams.
The No. 14-seeded Plum City Blue Devils were defeated 3-0 by the No. 3-seeded Eau Claire Immanuel Lancers who claimed set wins of 25-11, 25-4 and 25-12 in the Division 4 regional matchup.
Prescott was eliminated from the Division 2 playoffs on Thursday night by the No. 8-seeded Rice Lake Warriors who sent the Cardinals home with set losses of 25-19, 25-15 and 25-20.
The No. 3-seeded Elk Mound Mounders knocked off the No. 6 Spring Valley Cardinals in a 3-0 sweep that featured set scores of 25-19, 25-17 and 25-19.
As for the surviving teams, the Ellsworth Panthers ended the No. 14-seeded Northwestern Tigers season with a 3-0 loss. The Panthers claimed set wins of 25-9, 25-11 and 25-12. The No. 3 Panthers will return home on Thursday, Oct. 18, to host the No. 6-seeded Amery Warriors who defeated Baldwin-Woodville 3-0 on Tuesday night. The Panthers defeated the Warriors 3-0 on Tuesday, Sept. 25, during the regular season.
No.8-seeded Elmwood hosted the No. 9 Cornell Chiefs on Tuesday night and won in in a quick, one-hour 3-0 sweep. The Raiders defeated the Chiefs with set scores of 25-17, 25-17 and 25-12. Elmwood will travel to Clayton on Thursday night to face the No. 1-seeded Bears in the second round of the Division 4 regionals.
Ellsworth and Elmwood's Thursday night matches will begin at 7 p.m.