The weekend before the state volleyball tournament, Eagan coach Kathy Gillen talked about how the Class 3A field looked to be one of the strongest ever assembled.
For the first time in Maple Lake High School history a volleyball team has won a state championship.
After losing the first set to Caledonia, the Crusaders won the next three to claim their first volleyball title in 34 years. There was bickering on the bench, a coach battling nerves and team that just couldn’t get on track unless it had a hole to dig itself out of.
Concordia Academy was cool under pressure, even as the underdog, Friday night.
The No. 4-seeded Beacons upset No. 1 seed Kenyon-Wanamingo in an extra-set victory at Xcel Energy Center to advance to their second consecutive Class A volleyball state title match.
Caledonia High School's volleyball team defeated No. 2-seeded Tracy-Milroy-Balaton in five sets Friday to punch their ticket to Saturday's MSHSL Class A state championship match.
In a back-and-forth affair, the Warriors prevailed, winning 20-25, 25-19, 19-25, 25-21, 16-14 at the Xcel Energy Center to keep their unbeaten streak against Class A opposition alive. Caledonia (30-5), the tournament's No. 3 seed, battles top-seeded Mayer Lutheran in the championship match Saturday at 1 p.m.
After finishing third in the Class 3A volleyball tournament last season, Champlin Park ensured it will finish among the state’s top two teams.
The Rebels, after playing to five sets in their last two matches, defeated Hopkins 25-16, 27-25, 25-17 Nov. 11, at Xcel Energy Center.
Eagan volleyball coach Kathy Gillen didn’t have to do much on Friday morning.
Occasionally she would rise from her seat and advise her players that they didn’t set up their block correctly, or weren’t in quite the right position. But for the most part, she got a chance to sit and enjoy a masterful performance.
When Mayer Lutheran took the court for the fifth set in the MSHSL Class A state semifinal match, there was a nervous feeling surrounding Crusader fans as they watched the Heritage Christian Eagles rally back to force a fifth and final set. The fans may have been worried, but for the players, they were just fine.
Peyton Suess and Abbey Bigelow are just sophomores.
But the Kasson-Mantorville teammates have played enough varsity volleyball to be considered wise veterans.
Concordia Academy twice needed more than 25 points to win a set, but to hear it from players, they weren't really paying attention to the scoreboard. One of those long sets was the fourth and final one as the Beacons beat Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 23-25, 27-25, 25-23, 30-28 Thursday in the Class 2A state volleyball quarterfinals at Xcel Energy Center.
Sam Schroeder and her teammates had played on some big stages before, but never this big. No problem. The bright lights of Xcel Energy Center and the pressure of playing in the state volleyball tournament were no match for the depth and poise of No. 5-ranked Caledonia on Thursday.
A balanced offensive attack helped Tracy-Milroy-Balaton blitz Kimball Area 3-0 in the first round of the Minnesota state Class A volleyball tournament on Thursday.
For all of the points and rallies and spectacular defensive plays, Heritage Christian's five-set victory over Underwood came down to something as simple as a rotation.
The Mayer Lutheran Crusader volleyball team showed why they are the No. 1 seed in the MSHSL Class A State Volleyball tournament Thursday afternoon.
It may not have been their "A" game, but the Hopkins volleyball took care of business in the state class AAA quarterfinals Thursday. The third-seeded Royals, who have lost just once this season, swept unseeded Moorhead 25-14, 25-23, 25-20 at the Xcel Energy Center.
While the records and the seeding might have indicated that Champlin Park was the favorite in their class AAA state volleyball match up with Roseville, on court it was anything but easy. Champlin Park pulled out a tense win 25-12, 20-25, 25-19, 22-25, 15-8 over Roseville at the Xcel Energy Center Thursday to move into the semifinals.
It took a little while for the Knights to figure out the Stars’ block. Once they did, there wasn’t much stopping them from advancing to the Class AA state semifinals.
Lakeville South looked like a team making its first volleyball state tournament appearance on Thursday morning.
The fourth-seeded Cougars weren’t receiving serves well. They looked visibly nervous.
For a brief stretch in the second set Thursday morning, the Eagan volleyball team was passive on the attack and porous on defense. Wildcats coach Kathy Gillen put a quick stop to her team’s uncharacteristic malaise. Her message: No more weak tip attempts, and tighten up the blocking. They listened.