PREP VOLLEYBALL: No. 3 Vikings stall Lakers
MINNEOTA – Small runs add up to big swings in volleyball.
And the Minneota volleyball team put together enough small runs to sweep Lakeview 25-19, 25-16, 25-16 in Minneota on Tuesday night in Camden Conference action.
“We were expecting Lakeview to play good defense and keep a lot of balls alive, which they did,” said Minneota head coach Steph Hennen. “I thought they served a lot tougher than they did when we scrimmaged them this fall.”
The Vikings (17-1, 7-0 Camden), who are ranked third in Class A, used small runs of two, three and four points to get the edge on the Lakers (7-9-2, 1-6 Camden) in all three games.
“We have to not let them go on so many runs, said Lakeview head coach Hayley Fruin. “We have to watch (the front row).”
In the first game Minneota jumped out early 8-3, but were unable to score more than two points in a row the rest of the game, defeating Lakeview 25-19, ending with a kill from Molly Hennen.
“We needed to get our serve receive pass right on target so we could put that ball away,” said Molly Hennen. “The free balls were really important away. Sometimes they would come back with a really nice hit.”
In the second game Lakeview kept the score within two points early on, tying the game at 7-7 and 8-8 with kills from Katie Timm and Brooklyn Hartle, but a four-point Viking run with Payton Boerboom serving, including a pair of kills from Shelby Corbin, made it a 15-10 game.
“Megan (Larson) does a nice job of setting the girl that is hot or open,” Coach Hennen said. “I thought we had Megan running around more than we needed to tonight.”
The teams traded serves back and forth until Hennen stepped back to serve with a 20-14 lead and got three points to make it a 23-15 game. After the Lakers gained a point back, an ace serve from Boerboom sealed the 25-16 win.
In Game 3, Lakeview jumped out to the early lead, getting a solid block from Brianna Hoffman and Madie Nelson and an ace serve from Sadie Stelter, to take the 2-1 lead.
“We had to focus and keep trying to attack back at them,” said Hoffman. “They have really good hits and we just have to try and get them up.”
The Lakers led by as many as two points early, but Minneota tied the game at 4-4 with a Taylor Reiss kill and took a 9-7 lead with an attack from Megan Larson and a kill from Hennen.
“I thought we played with a lot of heart. We worked really hard,” Fruin said. “We just can’t keep pushing. I think at times we forget what we’ve been working on and let them go on their runs.”
Lakeview didn’t let Minneota build the lead to more than two points until Corbin served four straight, with kills from Krista Maeyaert, Larson and Reiss, to take an 18-13 lead.
Another four-point run with Reiss serving, which included two kills from Larson, a kill from Hennen and an ace serve, put Minneota up 23-14. The Lakers cut into the lead slightly, but a net serve gave the Vikings a 25-16 win and the sweep.
“It’s not the way we want to end, but I think we’re improving with every game,” said Fruin. “Our setter was out tonight and I thought Sadie Stelter did a great job of stepping up.”
Lakeview will play host to Lac qui Parle Valley in Cottonwood on Thursday while Minneota will travel to Prinsburg to face Central Minnesota Christian. The Bluejays are also undefeated in the Camden Conference with a 13-1 overall record.
“They are a good team. They are playing well,” said Hennen. “Lexi Scott will give us a tough battle.
“We need to come out with more energy and focus than we did tonight.”
Lakeview19 16 16
Minneota25 25 25
Serving (good-att-ace) – L-Sadie Stelter 10-11-1, Rachel Kurtenbach 9-9-1, Madie Nelson 8-8-1, Briatta Buntjer 6-8-2; M-Payton Boerboom 15-16-1, Taylor Reiss 12-12-0, Molly Hennen 13-15-0, Shelby Corbin 11-13-2.
Kills – L-Brianna Hoffman 8, Brooklyn Hartle 6, Kurtenbach 3, Katie Timm 3; M-Reiss 21, Hennen 13, Corbin 7, Krista Maeyaert 4.
Digs – Timm 6, Stelter 5, Buntjer 5; M-Corbin 20, Hennen 11, Megan Larson 9, Reiss 8.
Set Assists – L-Stelter 22; M-Larson 39.
Blocks – L-Nelson 1; M-Larson 3, Reiss 1.