Minneota players celebrate a block by Ella Johnson (7) against Dawson-Boyd last Thursday in Minneota.

Balanced attack leads to Viking sweep

Minneota got another balanced attack Tuesday night and swept Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 25-17, 25-14, 25-8 in Kerkhoven.
The Vikings improved to 2-0 in the Little Sioux Conference and 8-1 overall.
I thought we came out with a lot of energy tonight and we passed really well," said coach Hayley Fruin. "We had a big lead in set one and did let up a little and had some hitting errors, allowing them to go on a five-point run. After that, we really did a much better job of controlling the tempo of the game."
Ella Johnson notched 10 kills, Elivia Faris had 8, Ireland Stassen 6, Megan Krog and Emma Bottelberghe 5 each, and Kendi Arndt 1.
"We had a balanced attack in the front row, which really makes it hard to defend, especially when you're in system," Fruin noted. "I was proud of our performance tonight and thought we really did a nice job of using everyone to get a W."
Johnson and Rolbiecki had two aces each. Stassen had 24 assists, nine digs and two blocks. Megan Krog led with four blocks.
The Vikings host Lac qui Parle Valley Thursday, Sept. 15.

KMS...............................17 14 8
Minneota.......................25 25 25

Serving (good-attempts-aces): Lyzah Sussner 15-15-1, Ireland Stassen 13-13-0, Dakoda Hennen 15-15-0, Ella Johnson 6-6-2, Abby Rolbiecki 13-14-2, Grace Hennen 9-9-1

Setting (assists): Ireland Stassen 24, Lyzah Sussner 4, Nevaeh Hennen 3

Kills: Ella Johnson 10, Elivia Faris 8, Ireland Stassen 6, Megan Krog 5, Emma Bottelberghe 5, Kenadi Arndt 1

Blocks (aces): Megan Krog 4, Ireland Stassen 2, Elivia Faris 2, Ella Johnson 2

Digs: Ireland Stassen 9, Lyzah Sussner 8, Grace Hennen 8, Abby Rolbiecki 4, Megan Krog 1, Nevaeh Hennen 1, Dakoda Hennen 1, Ella Johnson 1, Elivia Faris 1

Minneota 3,
Ortonville 0
(Monday, Sept. 12)
The Vikings improved to 7-1 with the road sweep over Ortonville.
"I thought Ortonville came out with a lot of energy," said Minneota coach Hayley Fruin. "They were ready to play and really outworked and outhustled us in the first set. We started serving more aggressively at the end of the first set and kept that momentum going into Set 2.
The Vikings amassed 13 aces in the match. Grace Hennen and Ella Johnson had four apiece and Dakoda Hennen had three.
After the slow start, the Vikings dominated the final two sets.
"We did a better job of limiting our errors in the second and third sets," Fruin said. "Communication was much better in sets two and three, too. We need to really work on starting and finishing strong with energy and communication."
Ireland Stassen pounded down a team-high 13 kills, while Ella Johnson had 10 and Megan Krog 7. Stassen also had 18 assists, one block, one ace and six digs.
Lyzah Sussner notched 22 digs.

Ortonville......................18 10 10
Minneota.......................25 25 25

Serving (good-attempts-aces): Lyzah Sussner 10-10-1, Ireland Stassen 7-7-1, Dakoda Hennen 17-17-3, Ella Johnson 13-13-4, Abby Rolbiecki 7-8-0, Grace Hennen 16-16-4

Setting (assists): Ireland Stassen 18, Nevaeh Hennen 7, Lyzah Sussner 4

Kills: Ireland Stassen 12, Ella Johnson 10, Megan Krog 7, Elivia Faris 4, Kenadi Arndt 3, Emma Bottelberghe 3

Blocks (aces): Stassen 1

Digs: Lyzah Sussner 22, Grace Hennen 8, Abby Rolbiecki 6, Ella Johnson 6, Ireland Stassen 6, Nevaeh Hennen 3, Elivia Faris 2, Megan Krog 1, Dakoda Hennen 1

Marshall Invite
(Fri.-Sat., Sept. 9-10)
Minneota won four of five matches and finished 17th out of 32 teams.
"I thought we did a nice job coming back strong on Day 2 after a rough start on Friday," said coach Hayley Fruin. "We did not pass well in our first match (a three-set loss to Sioux Falls Roosevelt on Friday) and we made too many errors."
Ella Johnson finished with 39 kills to lead the Vikings. Elivia Faris had 23 kills, Ireland Stassen 21, Megan Krog 13, Emma Bottelberghe 11, Kenadi Arndt 6 and Lyzah Sussner 1.
Ella Johnson also led with four aces, while Stassen chalked up 74 assists. Faris led with five blocks, and Sussner had 48 digs.
"There was a lot of growing and learning this weekend and I think with an inexperienced team, it was nice to see us come back and get better on the second day," said Fruin. "We took a bad game and turned it into something positive."

Sioux Falls Roosevelt def. Minneota 21-25, 25-11, 15-8
Minneota def. Litchfield 25-21, 25-13
Minneota def. Fergus Falls 25-16, 25-21
Minneota def. Benilde-St. Margaret's 25-23, 25-21
Minneota def. Andover 25-20, 25-19

Serving (good-attempts-aces): Lyzah Sussner 40-40-2, Ireland Stassen 19-23-0, Dakoda Hennen 39-39-3, Ella Johnson 35-37-4, Abby Rolbiecki 45-48-2, Grace Hennen 32-33-1

Setting (assists): Ireland Stassen 74, Nevaeh Hennen 20, Lyzah Sussner 3

Kills: Ella Johnson 39, Elivia Faris 23, Ireland Stassen 21, Megan Krog 13, Emma Bottelberghe 11, Kenadi Arndt 6, Lyzah Sussner 1

Blocks (aces): Elivia Faris 5, Megan Krog 2, Kenadi Arndt 2, Ireland Stassen 1

Digs: Lyzah Sussner 48, Ireland Stassen 33, Abby Rolbiecki 23, Grace Hennen 15, Nevaeh Hennen 10, Ella Johnson 8, Elivia Faris 8, Dakoda Hennen 6, Kenadi Arndt 2, Emma Bottelberghe 1

Minneota 3,
Dawson-Boyd 0
(Result Thursday, Sept. 9)
The Vikings (2-0) posted a second straight sweep to open the season with a balanced attack.
Six players had four or more kills. Ella Johnson paced the Vikings with six kills. Kenadi Arndt, Megan Krog and Emma Bottelberghe had five kills apiece, and Elivia Faris and Ireland had four apiece.
Krog also notched three ace blocks.
Ireland Stassen amassed 16 assists and Nevaeh Hennen added six.
The Vikings got off to a slow start and trailed 3-2 in the opening set before taking the lead 5-4 on a Blackjack serving error and never looked back. Leading 24-11, the Vikings closed out the set on an ace block by Krog.
The Vikings led from start to finish in the second set. Johnson had three of her kills in the second set. With the Vikings leading 22-9, the final three points came on two Dawson-Boyd miscues and a Krog kill.
The Vikings dominated the third set as well, bolting to a 12-2 lead. Johnson's kill closed out the match.
Grace Hennen utilized her low line-drive serves to register four aces among the nine that Minneota had on the night.
Lyzah Sussner made several outstanding digs to keep rallies alive. She finished with a team-high eight digs, while Johnson had six, Abby Rolbiecki and Grace Hennen five apiece, Ireland Stassen four, Lyssa Kremin two and Dakoda Hennen one.

Dawson-Boyd...............11 9 12
Minneota.......................25 25 25

Serving (aces): Grace Hennen 4, Lyzah Sussner 2, Abby Rolbiecki 2, Dakoda Hennen 1

Setting (assists): Ireland Stassen 16, Nevaeh Hennen 6

Kills: Ella Johnson 6, Kenadi Arndt 5, Megan Krog 5, Emma Bottelberghe 5, Elivia Faris 4, Ireland Stassen 4

Blocks (aces): Megan Krog 3, Ella Johnson 1, Kenadi Arndt 1

Digs: Lyzah Sussner 8, Ella Johnson 6, Abby Rolbiecki 5, Grace Hennen 5, Ireland Stassen 4, Lyssa Kremin 2, Dakoda Hennen 1

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