Rochester teams ready for season to start this week

The Rochester Century volleyball team had one of the most successful seasons in program history a year ago.

K-M's Suess is hitting her goals

Peyton Suess has one major decision behind her and one major goal in front of her.After a summer of visiting college campuses and playing volleyball for the Twin Cities-based Northern Lights Volleyball, Suess committed to Division I Wake Forest University. She'll head to the Winston-Salem, N.C., campus in the fall of 2019.

(Class AAA) Wildcats leave no doubt at state

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.

(Class A) Top-seeded Mayer Lutheran battles back to win 1A 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.

(Volleyball AA) Concordia Academy upends Kenyon-Wanamingo in semis @ConcordiaAcad

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.

(Volleyball Class A) Caledonia advances to 1st state-title game in school history, tops T-M-B in 5 @CaliAthletics

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.

(Volleyball AAA) Champlin Park earns spot in Class 3A title match @cprebelsvball

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.

(Volleyball Class AAA) Eagan cruises into state final @pit_eagan

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.

(Volleyball Class A) ONE TO GO: Hucky, Crusaders headed to state title game after five-set thriller @mayerlutheran

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.

(Volleyball Class AA) K-M puts Hermantown away in straight sets @KoMetVolleyball

Peyton Suess and Abbey Bigelow are just sophomores.

But the Kasson-Mantorville teammates have played enough varsity volleyball to be considered wise veterans.

(Volleyball Class AA) Focused Concordia Academy has enough to make Class 2A volleyball semifinals @ConcordiaAcad

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.

(Volleyball Class A) Class A volleyball: Caledonia makes quick work of Cook County @CaliAthletics

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.

(Volleyball Class A) T-M-B moves on to state semifinals @TMBPanthers

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.

(Volleyball Class A) Bella Lien in front brings Heritage Christian back against Underwood

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.

(Volleyball Class A) MOVING ON: Crusaders make quick work of Storm in state quarterfinals

The Mayer Lutheran Crusader volleyball team showed why they are the No. 1 seed in the MSHSL Class A State Volleyball tournament Thursday afternoon.

(Volleyball Class AAA) Hopkins sweeps Moorhead in volleyball quarterfinals @HopkinsRoyals

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.

(Volleyball Class AAA) Champlin Park survives test in state volleyball opener

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.

(Volleyball Class AA) Knights shake off slow start, sweep Holy Angels in state tournament quarterfinals

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.

(Volleyball Class AAA) Lakeville South rallies into semifinal showdown

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.