Vikings fifth at Marshall in huge challenge PDF Print E-mail

The Minneota Vikings, ranked No. 1 in Class A, faced the top-ranked team in Class AAA in its first match Saturday and the No. 1 team in Class AA in its next match.The Vikings opened the second day of competitionday against Lakeville North and lost in straight sets (25-20, 25-17) but put up a respectable showing against the powerful Panthers squad.
Minneota head coach Stephanie Hennen said the Vikings had beaten the Panthers in the tournament the last three years, but this time Lakeville North was just too much for the Vikings, who suffered their first loss of the season.
"We played hard but they were a very good team," said senior Haylee Davis.
Things didn't get much easier for Minneota in its next match, as the Vikings went up against Class AA's top team in Hutchinson. This time, Minneota proved to be the best No. 1, as the Vikings won 25-23, 20-25, 15-13. Back-to-back blocks by Sara Maeyaert sealed the third-set win.
In the fifth-place match, Minneota faced Andover, a Class AAA team. The Vikings won the first set 25-17 before falling behind 24-14 in the second set. Minneota battled hard to stay in the set, winning eight-straight points, but fell 25-22. The Vikings held the lead throughout the third set on their way to a 15-11 win to seal the match.
Ashlynn Muhl led Minneota with 23 kills Saturday. Taya Kockelman had 58 set assists to go with 26 digs. Libero Kelsey Hennen had a strong day defensively with 55 digs over the three matches, while Maeyaert stepped up with nine ace blocks at the net.
Stephanie Hennen said her team had a fun time seeing what they could do against some of the top teams from larger schools.
"We love this tournament and being able to play and compete with teams that are big," she said. "That's a great experience for our team."

Minneota opens 'Challenge' with two wins PDF Print E-mail

Haylee Davis bumps the ball for Minneota.


Minneota won it's first two games of the Molten Southwest Minnesota Challenge in Marshall on Friday.

They defeated Fergus Falls 2-0:  25-19, 25-11; Minneota then swept Waconia 26-24, 28-26.

After making quick work of Fergus Falls, the Vikings (5-0) gutted out a tough victory over Waconia, the fourth-ranked team in Class AAA. Minneota trailed 13-7 at one point in the second set, but got back into the game with help from its defense.

"It was a really tough game but we came back and won it," said Minneota junior Kelsey Hennen.

'TEAM Vikings' shows up to steamroll Fulda PDF Print E-mail

josh chase qbJosh VanOverbeke (right) chased Fulda quarterback Cole Sinnamon. They had him on the run all night.

By Byron Higgin, Mascot Publisher

It wasn't the huge score, 69-0 that measured Minneota's success Friday night.

Success came from their own lips.

"We're clickin'" said lineman Jordan Longtin.

They all could feel it. "The idea was to stay focused ... and they did," said Coach Chad Johnston.

"We playted well. We jelled," said quarterback Beau Buysse.

At one point Buysse was 15 of 15 passing. "The receivers were hauling it in and catching my passes. It felt good," the senior field general said.

"I didn't think we had this in us. I was not certain how good we could be," related Coach Johnston.

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