By Byron Higgin, Mascot Publisher
Minneota's volleyball team drove their record to 2-0 this season with a 3-0 victory over Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sundburg Tuesday night (Sept. 8).
They beat the Fighting Saints 25-7; 25-7 and 25-17 without their premier middle hitter in the game. Ashlyn Muhl sat out the contest with a sore knee and Coach Steph Hennen said, "We thought we could get by without her tonight so we rested her."
Leah Fadness scored on a kill against KMS (right) as she helped lead Minneota at the net without Muhl in the lineup.
The team has a big showdown in the Marshall Tournament this weekend during Boxelder Bug Days in Minneota and Coach Hennen hopes to a healthy Muhl ready to go.
In her place the Vikings got 10 kills from Sam Hennen; nine from Rachel Cheadle; seven from Leah Fadness and five from Jenna Hennen.
In the first game Fadness served nine straight points to drive the Vikings into a 12-3 lead.
The second game found setter Taya Kockelman serving eight straight points to drive Minneota into a 15-4 lead and in both games the Vikings coasted home with easy wins.
It was a bit tougher in the final gbame but good net play by Jenna Hennen brought the Vikings the victory.
Kockelman had 30 assists on 67 of 67 sets. Kelsey Hennen delivered 18 digs to lead the team as Fadness added 13, Kockelman seven.
At the serving line Kockelman was 13 of 14 with five aces; Fadness was 14-14 with an ace; Kelsey Hennen served 11 of 12 with three aces; Sam Hennen was nine of 10 and Kaitlin Bottelberghe served 13 of 14 with three aces.
While Coach Hennen acknowledged the solid game of Kockelman at setter, she also gave kredit to Hennen and Fadness by saying, "You can do it (set) without the pass.)