Minneota earns sweep in opener
Abby Hennen pounded down 13 kills and Minneota served 99 percent as the Vikings opened the 2020 season with a 25-9, 25-10, 25-7 sweep of Lac qui Parle Valley in a Camden Conference volleyball match Thursday night.
"It was great having the girls and fans back in the gym for our home opener," said Minneota assistant coach Dana Peterson. "The girls played very well and were just excited to be back on the court."
Hennen, a senior All-State outside hitter, finished with a robust .500 kill percentage. Natalee Rolbiecki added eight kills and a .318 kill percentage.
"Lac qui Parle Valley was a scrappy team," said Peterson. "They tested us with their defense, but we were able to find their holes."
McKenna Yost amassed 28 set assists and Ireland Stassen was close behind with 26 in the Vikings' 6-2 offense.
Minneota, the Class A state champions the past two years, will likely not get a chance for a threepeat unless the coronavirus suddenly dissipates and the Minnesota Health Department and Minnesota Education Department issue a new directive and the Minnesota State High School League can work out a state tournament.
Even though the season has been shortened and teams are not allowed to participate in tournaments, getting back on the court after a delay to the season is a victory in itself for all the volleyball teams. Teams are allowed a 12-match season against conference opponents.
The Vikings have kept in playing shape by participating and winning a strong Sioux Falls tournament prior to the season, as well as playing in a non-sanctioned league in Willmar, which Minneota also won.
Against LQPV, the Vikings had only two hitting errors despite it being the season opener. Abby Frie finished with six kills, Stassen had five, Abby Rost two and Yost one. McKenzie Tolk uncorked four ace serves from an unblemished 13-for-13 service slate.
"The girls all played their roles well and meshed together in this first game," said Peterson.
Minneota 3, LQPV 0
LQPV............................9 10 7
Minneota.....................25 25 25
Minneota: Abby Hennen 16-16-2, Ellie Pesch 11-11-0, McKenzie Tolk 13-13-4, Ireland Stassen 10-10-0, McKenna Yost 12-13-2, Natalee Rolbiecki 11-11-0.
Minneota: McKenna Yost 28, Ireland Stassen 26
Minneota: Abby Hennen 26-26-13, Ireland Stassen 8-8-5, MeKenna Yost 3-3-1, Natalee Rolbiecki 21-22-8, Abby Frie 9-10-6, Abby Rost 3-3-2.
Note: Blocking, digging, service receive statistics not available.