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Marshall area boasts 6 MVCA All-State honorees

Griffin, Beekman earn MVCA All-State honors for Marshall in AA; 3 Minneota players on A list

November 8, 2012
Marshall Independent

Six Marshall-area volleyball players were named to the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association All-State team at the state tournament banquet Wednesday night at the Crown Plaza Hotel in St. Paul.

The Marshall Tigers had two MVCA All-State honorees for Class AA, with juniors Kenzie Beekman and Sydney Griffin making the list.

Beekman, an outside hitter, is one of the top attackers in the state and leads the Tigers with 453 kills. She also has 41 ace blocks on the season and helped guide the Tigers to a 26-5 record and the No. 1 seed in the Class AA state volleyball tournament.

Griffin was Marshall's top setter in the Tigers' 6-2 offense, and also finished second on the team with 247 kills. She tied for the team lead in ace blocks with 58.

Marshall, which has qualified for the state tournament 12 straight times, won the Class AA state title last season. The Tigers earned the No. 1 seed in this year's state tournament and will take on Mora at 5 p.m. today at Xcel Energy Center for their first-round match.

The Minneota Vikings put together a 29-3 record and captured the Section 3A title this season, and were rewarded with three Class A MVCA All-State selections.

Sophomore middle hitter Taylor Reiss has followed up a standout freshman season with another impressive statistical year, and has put up 461 kils and 60 ace blocks heading into the state tournament. She also has a team-high 39 ace serves.

Molly Hennen, a junior outside hitter, has been one of the Vikings' top defensive players all season and is second on the team with 282 kills.

Setter Megan Larson is the third Viking on the All-State list, having led the Marshall area in set assists for the season.

Minneota opens its state tournament experience at 3 p.m. today against North Woods.

Also earning All-State honors was Canby senior outside hitter Taylor Gorder, who received honorable mention accolades. She had 412 kills and 275 digs while helping lead the Lancers to a 19-11-1 overall record.



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