Hopkins was a pretty safe bet to reach the state volleyball tournament last fall, with current University of Minnesota freshman Jazmyn Martin leading the way.
This season, a Royals team with some new faces and a stronger group of contenders in Section 6AAA made it far less certain that Hopkins would win the section.
But the Royals have gotten better as the season went on, and they beat Benilde-St. Margaret's in a back-and-forth battle in the section final.
That has Hopkins back in the state tournament for a third straight season.
They are the fourth seed in class AAA, and they'll meet Prior Lake in the quarterfinals.
The teams split two regular season meetings this year.
CCX Sports staff
November 8, 2017