Vikings go 3-2 at elite SMSU tournament

Minneota won three of five matches in an elite tournament this past weekend at Southwest Minnesota State University, finishing 10th among 32 teams.
Against big-school competition, the Vikings (5-2) defeated Eastview in their opening match before losing to Maple Grove. Minneota then topped Prior Lake and Sioux Falls Roosevelt and fell to Marshall.
"We were usually outsized, but I liked that my offense was still taking solid swings," said coach Hayley Fruin. "We just need to work harder and be more disciplined in keeping the ball in front of us and limit our errors offensively. We still need to improve on our serving as well. We struggled with getting teams out of system and need to be more aggressive behind the service line."
As the Vikings adjusted to playing against bigger competition, they began playing with more confidence.
"I thought we played better on Saturday than we did Friday," said coach Hayley Fruin. "We especially blocked and serve received better on Saturday. I really thought a few kids really stepped up for us which was nice to see."
Elivia Faris had a solid tournament with team-highs in kills with 37 and blocks with 17. Ella Johnson was also a threat at the net with 30 kills.
"Elivia had some great games and was really strong at the net," Fruin said. "Lyzah Sussner played great defense and I thought my setters did a nice job Saturday, defensively and spreading the ball around."
Sussner had a team-high 65 digs. Nevaeh Hennen was credited with 71 assists and 30 digs, and Faith Myhre had 37 assists. Abby Rolbiecki notched six service aces to go along with 35 digs.

Match scores
Minneota def. Eastview 25-23, 25-22
Maple Grove def. Minneota 25-20, 25-21
Minneota def. Prior Lake 25-21, 25-2
Minneota def. SF Roosevelt 25-14, 21-25, 15-11
Marshall def. Minneota 25-22, 25-15

Minneota statistics
Serving (aces): Abby Rolbiecki 6, Lyzah Sussner 2, Ella Johnson 2, Dakoda Hennen 2, Nevaeh Hennen 1
Setting (assists): Nevaeh Hennen 71, Faith Myhre 37
Attacking (kills): Elivia Faris 37, Ella Johnson 30, Emma Bottelberghe 17, Kenadi Arndt 17, Eden Meagher 14
Blocking (aces): Elivia Faris 17, Eden Meagher 5, Kenadi Arndt 4, Ella Johnson 2, Faith Myhre 1
Digs: Lyzah Sussner 65, Abby Rolbiecki 35, Grace Hennen 34, Nevaeh Hennen 30, Dakoda Hennen 21

(Result Thursday, Sept. 7)
Minneota 3, Redwood Valley 1
Eden Meagher led a balanced hitting attack with 13 kills, while Ella Johnson and Elivia Faris had 10 apiece to lift the Vikings in a hard-fought, four-set match against the Cardinals.
Nevaeh Hennen delivered 26 assists and Faith Myhre notched 14.
The Vikings were tough at the net defensively as evidenced by 10 blocks. Faris had three blocks, while Johnson, Meagher and Kenadi Arndt had two each.
The first two sets were close throughout, with the Vikings prevailing each time. Redwood Valley then fought back to win the third set before Minneota closed it out with a 25-17 win in the fourth set.
Lyzah Sussner had another strong defensive match with a team-high 34 digs. Nevaeh Hennen chalked up 19 digs, Abby Rolbiecki had 15, Grace Hennen 11 and Dakoda Hennen 10.

Minneota.......................................27 25 16 25
Redwood Valley............................25 23 25 17
Minneota statistics
SERVING (good-attempts-aces): Grace Hennen 14-15-1, Lyzah Sussner 13-14-1, Nevaeh Hennen 15-15-1, Dakoda Hennen 11-12-2, Ella Johnson 16-17-0, Abby Rolbiecki 13-15-1, Elivia Faris 3-3-0
SETTING (assists): Nevaeh Hennen 26, Faith Myhre 14
ATTACKING (kills): Eden Meagher 13, Ella Johnson 10, Elivia Faris 10, Emma Bottelberghe 6. Kenadi Arndt 6
BLOCKING (aces): Elivia Faris 3, Ella Johnson 2, Kenadi Arndt 2, Eden Meagher 2, Faith Myhre 1
DIGS: Lyzah Sussner 34, Nevaeh Hennen 19, Aby Rolbiecki 15, Grace Hennen 11, Dakoda Hennen 10, Ella Johnson 7, Eden Meagher 7, Emma Bottelberghe 3
(Result Tuesday, Sept. 5)
Minneota 3, Wabasso 0
Minneota opened defense of its Class A state title with a convincing 25-15, 25-15, 25-15 sweep over Wabasso last Tuesday in Wabasso.
Returning All-State hitter Ella Johnson led a balanced attack for the Vikings with 10 kills, Elivia Faris and Eden Meagher had six kills apiece, Emma Bottelberghe had five kills, and Kenadi Arndt added four.
Nevaeh Hennen and Faith Myhre spread the ball around well as finished with 16 and 15 assists, respectively.
Led by Lyzah Sussner with 19 digs, the Vikings played excellent defense, denying the Rabbit attackers over and over. Johnson had 10 digs and Grace Hennen nine.

Minneota................................................. 25 25 25
Wabasso....................................................15 15 15
Minneota statistics
SERVING (good-attempts-aces): Grace Hennen 11-12-1, Lyzah Sussner 10-11-0, Nevaeh Hennen 12-13-2, Ella Johnson 15-15-1, Dakoda Hennen 6-6-0, Abby Rolbiecki 7-7-2, Elivia Faris 3-3-0
SETTING (assists): Nevaeh Hennen 16, Faith Myhre 15
ATTACKING (kills): Ella Johnson 10, Elivia Faris 6, Eden Meagher 6, Emma Bottelberghe 5, Kenadi Arndt 4
BLOCKING (aces): Emma Bottelberghe 1, Ella Johnson 1, Elivia Faris 1, Eden Meagher 1
DIGS: Lyzah Sussner 19, Ella Johnson 10, Grace Hennen 9, Dakoda Hennen 6, Nevaeh Hennen 4, Abby Rolbiecki 2, Kenadi Arndt 1, Eden Meagher 1

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