PREP VOLLEYBALL: Minneota gets past Sting in three sets

Photo by Brennen Rupp Minneota’s Lydia Sussner follows through on a kill during their match against YME on Monday. The Vikings defeated the Sting 3-0.

MINNEOTA – The third ranked Minneota Vikings made quick work of the visiting Yellow Medicine East Sting by disposing them in three sets. The Vikings extended their winning streak to six with a 3-0 victory over YME.

The Vikings got the lead in the opening set and never gave it up en route to a 25-21 victory. Lydia Sussner paced Minneota’s attack with six kills. Natalee Rolbiecki chipped in with three kills.

Anna McCosh led the Sting with four kills in the opening set. Mackenzie Dyrdahl and Meeghen Dahlager both recorded two kills.

“I thought in the first set we did a better job at the service line,” YME coach Leah Fadness said. “I’d say we were more determined. In sets two and three I think we lost our focus. I just don’t think our determination and aggressiveness wasn’t consistent.”

It was all Minneota from the start in the second set. The Vikings jumped out to a 10-0 lead before the Sting knew what hit them. During that stretch Abby Hennen recorded three aces for the Vikings.

“In that first set there wasn’t a lot of energy,” Minneota coach Hayley Fruin said. “We weren’t playing out brand of volleyball. In that second set we started out strong and stayed focused.”

Minneota’s quick start propelled them to a 25-12 second set victory. Sussner led the Vikings with five kills and two blocks. As a team the Vikings recorded six aces in the second set.

“I thought we served tough,” Fruin said. “We made it tough on them and got them off balance.”

McCosh led the Sting with four kills. Dyrdahl recorded two kills.

The third set looked to be a more competitive set with the Vikings holding a 6-4 lead. The Vikings then went on a 19-5 run to pick up a 25-9 victory to complete the sweep.

Sussner and Jennifer Krog both recorded three kills for the Vikings. As a team the Vikings recorded six aces.

“They do a good job of putting pace on the service line,” Fadness said. “Our serve receive wasn’t doing the little things that we talk about. We weren’t communicating and moving both feet to the ball. Hopefully we can clean that up.”

McCosh once again led the Sting with three kills. Dahlager chipped in with two kills.

With the win the Vikings improved to 18-4. They’ve now won 15 straight sets. They’ll look to extend their winning streak to seven when they host the Lakeview Lakers tonight.

“We have Lakeview tomorrow night,” Fruin said. “Then we have Apple Valley this weekend. That will be a difficult tournament. We just want to keep getting better every day.”

The loss drops the Sting to 9-12. The Sting will look to break back into the win column tonight against Renville County West. Prior to tonight’s loss the Sting had won three of their last four matches.

“It felt like we were going in the right direction,” Fadness said. “It’s that time of the season where everybody wants to be playing their best. Hopefully we can really focus in on some of the minor things this week.”

YME 21 12 9

Minneota 25 25 25

Individual Statistics

Serving (Ace): Minneota (A. Hennen 19-19 (3); Pesch 16-16 (2); E. Pohlen 11-11 (3)); YME (Jaenisch 3-5 (2)).

Kills: Minneota (Sussner 16; Rolbiecki 5; Krog 4); YME (McCosh 10).

Digs: Minneota (A. Hennen 13; Gillingham 9; M. Hennen 6); YME (Dyrdahl 10).

Set Assists: Minneota (Kockelman 29); YME (Hinz 21). Blocks: Minneota (Sussner 4; Gillingham 2; Rolbiecki 1); YME (McCosh 2).