MARSHALL - A sweep of the Lakeview Lakers Friday night allowed the Minneota Vikings to advance to the North sub-section semifinals of the Section 3A volleyball playoffs.
The top-seeded Vikings dispatched of the eighth-seeded Lakers 25-10, 25-10, 25-10 in the first match of the night at the R/A Facility on the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University.
Minneota led 7-6 in the first set before four straight points from Hanna Prellwitz siphoned energy from the Lakers and used it to fuel the Vikings' sweep.
Photo by Travis Andries
Minneota’s Taylor Reiss, left, and Molly Hennen, right, leap up to attempt to block a hit from Lakeview’s Tegan VanMoer in the second set of Friday’s Section 3A-North match at the R/A Facility.
"We started out with a little bit of energy, then Minneota got on that four- or five-point run there in the first set, and that kind of took the sails away from us," Lakeview head coach Phil Lalim said. "We talked about it, in order to be competitive with them, we had to have good ball control. And the ball control kind of got away from us tonight. That's credit to Minneota too."
The Vikings managed to take advantage of six Laker errors during the final 14-4 run in the opening set, before turning the ball over to their prolific offense during the final two sets.
Megan Larson had 29 set assists for the Vikings, distributing to Taylor Reiss (who had a team-high 14 kills), Shelby Corbin (10 kills), and Molly Hennen (nine kills). Larson also combined for 34 digs with Hennen and Corbin. Reiss finished the match with three ace blocks, as well, while Prellwitz had four (three of which came during that four-point swing in the opening set).
"I thought our passing was good, and I thought Megan did just a fantastic job of spreading the ball around and getting the ball where we needed it for our hitters to be able to swing," Minneota head coach Steph Hennen said. "I thought we played really well all around."
Minneota stormed out to leads of 17-4 and 15-4 in the final two sets, while limiting the Lakeview servers to just one ace after the Lakers had 19 in a win over Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg on Monday.
"We talked about that a lot in practice, that Lakeview played very well on Monday and they served very, very tough," Hennen said. "We worked hard on serve receive this week, and I think it paid off."
Tegan VanMoer was 5 of 7 serving with an ace for the Lakers, and also had four kills. Brianna Hoffman led the Lakers with five kills. Madi Nelson had team highs in both digs, with six, and set assists, with eight.
With the loss, the season comes to a close for the Lakers (12-16 overall), whereas the Vikings (26-3) will be back in the R/A Facility on Tuesday to take on Central Minnesota Christian. The Vikings and Bluejays have faced off once already in 2012, with Minneota winning 25-8, 25-17, 25-18 back on Sept. 20.
Lakeview10 10 10
Minneota25 25 25
Serving (good-att-aces): L-Tegan VanMoer 5-7-1, Alli Boerboom 5-5-0, Kana Barker 5-5-0, Brooklyn Hartle 5-5-0; M-Molly Hennen 14-14-1, Faith Laleman 14-14-0, Analisa Buysse 12-13-0, Shelby Corbin 10-11-1.
Kills: L-Brianna Hoffman 5, VanMoer 4; M-Taylor Reiss 14, Corbin 10, Hennen 9.
Digs: L-Madi Nelson 6, Briatta Buntjer 5, Barker 4; M-Hennen 12, Corbin 12, Megan Larson 10.
Set Assists: L-Nelson 8; M-Larson 29.
Blocks: L-VanMoer 1, Boerboom 1; M-Hanna Prellwitz 4, Reiss 3.