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Minneota places 7th at Southwest Challenge

September 10, 2012
By Travis Andries ( , Marshall Independent

Though dwarfed in enrollment by the schools accompanying Minneota in the Championship Bracket of the Molten Southwest Minnesota Challenge, the Vikings proved to be a tough out finishing 1-2 on Saturday and claiming 7th place of 32 teams.

"It's a great tournament for us," Vikings head coach Stephanie Hennen said. "We really like it. It gives us a chance to play against some of the top teams in the state and we also get to sleep in our own beds. We think that's a pretty good deal."

Minneota began the day with a 2-0 loss to the Hopkins Royals. The Royals, who are just outside the top ten in Class AAA, used scores of 26-24 and 25-19 to hand the Class A fourth ranked Vikings their first loss of the 2012 season. Hopkins wound up taking third place overall.

The Vikings dropped their second game in a row with a 25-20, 25-21 loss to the seventh ranked Waconia Wildcats of Class AAA.

Minneota (7-2 overall, 2-0 Camden Conference) used their no quit attitude to fight back from a first set loss and claim a 2-1 victory over the Jamestown (N.D.) Blue Jays in the seventh place game.

The Vikings were on the losing end of the 31-29 marathon in the first set. Minneota rebounded with a 25-15 win to force a third set.

Minneota initially trailed 5-0 in the race to 15, but rallied in the end for a 15-10 win over the Blue Jays who entered Saturday undefeated on the season.

"I thought we served well for the most part," Hennen said of her team's performance. "We saw some good things, but we also saw some things that we need to work on yet. It's still really early. We feel like it was a good tournament for us."

Taylor Reiss was the primary offensive weapon for the Vikings on Saturday. She led the team in kills (38) and ace blocks (4). She also had a team high 24 digs. Molly Hennen was the top server for Minneota on Saturday, she finished the day 34-for-36 with an ace, while compiling 25 kills. Megan Larson had 66 set assists on the day as well.

Hopkins26 25

Minneota24 19


Serving (good-att-aces): Molly Hennen 11-12-0, Faith Laleman 10-10-0, Shelby Corbin 6-6-0, Karissa Bot 5-7-1.

Kills: Taylor Reiss 10, Hennen 8, Corbin 5.

Digs: Megan Larson 8, Reiss 6, Payton Boerboom 4, Corbin 4.

Set Assists: Larson 18.

Blocks: Larson 1, Reiss 1.

Minneota20 21

Waconia25 25


Serving (good-att-aces): Corbin 9-9-0, Laleman 9-9-0, Hennen 9-10-1, Reiss 6-6-0.

Kills: Reiss 13, Hennen 8, Corbin 4.

Digs: Boerboom 7, Reiss 7, Hennen 5, Larson 4, Corbin 4

Set Assists: Larson 23.

Blocks: Larson 1, Reiss 1.

Minneota29 25 15

Jamestown31 15 10


Serving (good-att-aces): Hennen 14-14-0, Reiss 12-12-1, Laleman 11-11-0, Bot 6-6-1, Kelsey Maeyert 6-6-1.

Kills: Reiss 15, Hennen 9, Corbin 5.

Digs: Hennen 14, Reiss 11, Larson 10, Laleman 6.

Set Assists: Larson 25.

Blocks: Reiss 2, Hannah Prellwitz 2, Larson 1, Hennen 1.



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