MINNEOTA-Minneota (1-1) wins easily versus Murray County Central (1-1) in their home opener Tuesday night.
The Vikings started out strong and never looked back. They kept the Rebels off balance, defensively, most of the night. Led by senior hitters Krista Maeyaert and Taylor Reiss, the Vikings rebounded after tough season opening loss to St. Paul North.
In set one, Minneota started out very strong, with Reiss getting four powerful kills to set the tone. MCC cut the lead to 12-9 with good ball control, but the Vikes regrouped winning 25-14.
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Minneota’s Taylor Reiss goes up for a kill during the Minneota vs. Murray County Central game Tuesday night.
Set two started out close in favor of the Vikings11-8, but key kills by Reiss and Amber Engels gave the home team a 5 point lead at 15-10. MCC scratched their way back in the set, but a couple of kills by Maeyaert opened the lead up once again. Rebels' Sierra Vanlperen sharp serving cut the lead to 18-20, but the Vikings proved too much winning 25-19.
Set three the Vikings were too much for the visiting Rebels. Good serving by Minneota kept the Rebels serve receivers off balance throughout the set. Minneota took an early 14-6 lead and never looked back winning 25-14.
After being swept in season opener, Minneota went back to the drawing board.
"We knew we had holes to fill," stated Minneota coach Steph Hennen, "we worked hard at practice to fix it." Coach Hennen went on, "I was nervous coming into tonight, but we played strong from the start, we did a great job. I am proud of my seniors tonight."
Coming off an impressive win Monday night over Canby, MCC knew they had a tall order.
"They are a very good team," said MCC coach Kati Bobeldyk. Some positive things did come out of the match for the visiting Rebels. "We had some good streaks with serves receiving, I was happy about that."
Minneota plays Lac qui Parle Valley on 9/2, MCC travels to RTR Thursday night.