Vikings expected to be dominant again
Despite being a heavy favorite for a threepeat, it seems unlikely that the Minneota volleyball team will get a chance to showcase their talents at the Big Show.
Because of the COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines, the Minnesota State High School League Board of Directors scaled back the fall sports schedule, including the post-season. Unless there is a late development that alters the board's plans, there will not be a state tournament this year.
That would mark the second straight season that the Minneota girls were favored to win a state title after the girls basketball tournament was halted in March when the coronavirus reared its ugly head. Minneota had won its quarterfinal game and was favored to capture the Class A title.
The Vikings' volleyball team this season has all but one starter back and has already dominated off-season tournaments they were allowed to participate in, including winning a strong Sioux Falls tournament and also placing first in a Willmar league.
The veteran team has a balanced attack, disciplined defense and two returning setters that hitters feel a comfort zone with.
Hayley Fruin, in her fourth season as head coach, has already guided the team to two state championships and a state runner-up finish. Her record in those three years is an impressive 95-10.
"This season is going to look different than seasons past," said Fruin. "I am looking forward to getting in to the gym, being with these kids who work hard day in and day out and still accomplishing our goals that we set for ourselves."
Abby Hennen, one of the top outside hitters in the state, returns after being named the Camden Conference Most Valuable Player, as well being named All-State and to the Class A all-tournament team at last year's state tournament.
Other returning starters include seniors Abby Rost (middle blocker), Ellie Pesch (defensive specialist); juniors Abby Frie (middle blocker), Natalee Rolbiecki (outside hitter), McKenna Yost (setter) and McKenzie Tolk (defensive specialist); and sophomore Ireland Stassen (middle blocker/setter).