Thursday, November 30, 2006

Gophers Open NCAAs, Metro All Conference Teams

#1 posting 11.30.2006
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Minnesota starts its NCAA journey today on the road at Albany. They take on Siena, a school in the Albany suburbs, at 5 pm. A look at the match up from the MN Daily.

The StartTribune has a boatload of metro area all conference teams.

Lanesboro's season is reviewed and the Southeast all conference team is named in the Spring Grove Herald. Lanesboro's Hannah Glor was POY in the league.

If you have any All conference teams send them this way so we can get them up.

Good Luck Gophers tonight.

Next up: tomorrow morning

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

SW Signings, Siena's Outlook

#1 posting 11.29.2006
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SW MN State signed four players for next season:
Tiffany Burch, Shanwnee Mission East, KS
Kasey Uran, Sartell-St. Stephen the St. Cloud Times POY
Krystal Schwanke, Springfield the New Ulm Journal POY
and Leah Bjerke, Rochester Mayo

Here is the Siena site again to check out the Gophers first opponent.

I digested the numbers, if it means anything for their last game against Fairfield in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championships:

fbso: total points; earned %; allowed %
Siena 35/68--.515; 111; 71-.640; 35-.289.
Fairfield 39/66--.591; 121; 86-.711; 40-.361
Fairfield had better fbso #s and total points, but that didn't prevent Siena from winning in five. Fairfield had too many mistakes to survive.

A look at the Siena rotations
1 Hummel 27-18 .600
2 London 22-21 .552
3 Hackett/Honore (5) 17-21 .447
4 Kobayashi 11-16 .407
5 Robello 20-16 .556
6 Gustafson/Hackett (5) 15-26 .366

In game five Siena made a switch starting off with Honore instead in Hackett's spot, serving first, followed by Kobayashi, Robello, then Hackett, Hummel and London.

The points in their rotations appear that they do have some holes. Gophers like to climb in holes.

Next up: tomorrow morning, probably not as late.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Minnesota Trio All Big 10

#2 posting 11.28.2006
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Three Minnesota Gophers have been named to the All Big 10 first team: Meredith Nelson, MH unanimous; Kelly Bowman RH and Malama Peniata, L. Peniata was also named defensive player of the year.
Jessy Jones, MH was named honorable mention.

Penn State's frosh phenom Megan Hodge was POY and Frosh of the year.

Congratulations Gophers

Next up: tomorrow morning

UND, SCSU Signings, Falkenhagen Resigns

#1 posting 11.28.2006
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North Dakota has signed Devin Trefz, Bagley a 6-1 MH and Shanna Schmiesing, Sauk Centre, a 5-10 OH.
St. Cloud State has signed Jennifer Waterman, Anoka a 5-11 S; Amy Gatz, Howard-Lake-Waverly-Winsted a 6-2 MH and Ashley Shields, Whitefish Bay, WI an OH.

Gopher coach Mike Hiebert is featured in an article on the Big 10 site. It recounts his career at both Illinois and of course MN with his skill at program building.

The #8 NCAA tournament seeded Gophers are the #9 team in the AVCA poll. Don't ask me how these things work out.

Kim Falkenhagen has resigned at Bemidji State. Falkenhagen had a four year record of 35-94.

Milaca and Mora have a new conference home--the West Central. With the end of the Rum River five schools had to find a new conference. Foley already had been accepted into the now 18 team conference. The conference could divide into three 6 team divisions.

UM Crookston's fate could be headed to D3. from the Grand Forks Herald

I know it is about a month ago, but you can watch the Wayzata Armstrong 5AAA match right from your computer. Cable 12 the NW Suburban cable station has each game of the match on video if you want to watch. Here is game one, game two and game three.

Next up: tomorrow morning

Monday, November 27, 2006

More on Seeds and All Area

#1 posting 11.27.2006
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The Minneapolis StarTribune was also in attendance and has their take on the tournament at hand and the mysterious seeding process.

The MN Daily recaps the pair of wins over Purdue and Indiana.

Well fans you pulled through, here is the rest of the Winona Daily News all area team
First Team:
Tori Lind - Mabel-Canton sr MH, first team all-state, 381 kills, 181 digs,62 blocks, 900 career kills
Kate Kreuzer - Winona sr. S, 70 kills, 246 assists, 187 digs
Jenny Gilbertson - Winona Cotter jr. MH, 293 kills, 163 digs
Hannah Glor - Lanesboro sr. MH, 275 kills, 115 ace serves
Jackie Hust - W-K sr. OH, 293 kills, 163 digs
Ashley King - Caledonia sr. OH, 258 kills, 325 digs
Second Team:
Katelyn Horihan - Mabel-Canton soph MH, first team all-state, 400 kills,.454 efficiency, 98 blocks, 700 career kills
Raechelle Manning - Mabel-Canton sr S, 889 assists, 64 ace serves, 1,730career assists
Danielle Peters - W-K sr. OH, 285 kills, 178 digs, 46 ace serves
Savannah Sawle - Rushford-Peterson sr. MH, 216 kills, 71 ace blocks, 160 digs, 526 career kills
Devin Bowlin - Winona Cotter sr. OH, 219 digs, 138 kills
Afton Glander - Alma, WI sr. libero, 157 digs

If you know of all conference or all area teams that this site hasn't covered let me know. Go to my profile to email me the missing information. I am still looking for the Duluth News Tribune All area team.

Next up: tomorrow morning

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Gophers Shown No Love

#2 posting 11.26.2006
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I went to the Minnesota Gopher selection party and the good news is the Gophers are the #8 seed in the country. The bad news is, for the third year in a row, the Gophers are on the road to start in Albany, NY. In 2004 the Gophers had to go east, and in that year they were runners up to Stanford. But the lack of love from the NCAA had many gasps and groans from the many in attendance this afternoon. They also will play the Thursday/Friday games.

First off the NCAA only seeds 16 teams. Why? I think they want to keep things local, build up attendance. The other three teams in the Albany bracket are from NY: Siena of the Metro Atlantic, the Gophers first opponent, and then the nominal host Albany and St. John's from the Big East.

Siena is close to home and is counting on their fan base to provide them a lift. Siena made the tournament as an automatic qualifier with a five game win over Fairfield in the Metro Atlantic tournament.

7 Big 10 teams are still dancing. Penn State, as you would expect is home, but so is Wisconsin and Purdue. Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State are all road warriors. Of the top 8 seeds only #6 Washington is sent packing to Colorado, but if they get the job done there they are back in Seattle.

Why is Minnesota the Rodney Dangerfield of this tournament?

The NCAA needs to seed ALL 64 teams, and it probably needs to do away with home court advantages too. Texas and Florida don't have to leave home if they want to make the final four. That is a fairness issue. I know the Gophers benefited in 2004 when they hosted the regionals.

Here is the NCAA press release.

I don't know if anyone does bracketology, but make a copy of this bracket and start an office pool.

And of course you need the official website of the NCAA tournament. not much there yet.

I will have more on Siena as the week progresses.

Next up: tomorrow morning

Gophers 2nd; Hust POY

#1 posting 11.26.2006
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Minnesota closed out the regular season with a sweep at Indiana. Now today they will await word on the NCAA seeding which should take place between 2-3 pm today.

team, FBSO; points, earned tot-%; allowed tot-%
Minnesota 28/45-.622; 90; 68--.756; 23-.333
Indiana 18/47---.383; 69; 46--.667; 22--.244

Tan 15-11 .577
Peniata 18-14 .563
Bowman 16-12 .571
Crumpston 17-9 .654
Nelson 12-15 .444
Hartmann 12-8 .600
A day after being the lowest, Crumpston's rotation rose to the top. However the next rotation faltered. Hartmann again had her second straight game of over .600

Jackie Hust, Wabasha-Kellogg has been named player of the year in the Winona Daily News.
I have tried to find the other members of the WDN all area team, but I couldn't find a link. If you know them send them along so the rest of the world can see too.

In the Hust story it was reported that coach Katie Gove is resigning. That makes three coaches that I know about: Apple Valley's Walt Weaver and Central Christian's Tracy Grussing have also resigned. I will be putting a link up soon for coaching openings.

Next up: after the NCAA seedings today.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Gophers Hammer Purdue

#1 posting 11.24.2006
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The #10 Minnesota Gophers put the hammer down last night at #22 Purdue in a convincing post thanksgiving day sweep 22, 22, 23. A powerful .430 hitting % left no doubt in anyones mind where the Gophers stand. Minnesota will play at Indiana tonight and that should go the Gophers way. Penn State is at home against Northwestern. If MN has a chance to tie for the title NW would have to win, but then Penn State has the tiebreaker anyway.

Here are the Minnesota and Purdue views of the match last night.

BY THE NUMBERS (points-earned-earned %-gave away-ga%)
Minnesota 90; 67; .744; 23; .343
Purdue 67; 44; .657; 23; .256
Minnesota 37/50---.750
Purdue 22/48--.458

Tan 13-9 .591
Peniata 20-11 .645
Bowman 14-10 .583
Crumpston 13-17 .433
Nelson 12-8 .600
Hartmann 17-11 .607
Three rotations over .600 with two knocking at the door. The only problem was rotation #4 with a game high 17 points scored on it.

Cook County has a wrap up of their season in the Cook County News-Herald.

The Hiawatha Valley League has named their all conference squad:
State runner up Stewartville had four members of the squad:
Leigh Splittstoesser, S, 2007
Alex Nold, MH, 2007
Amanda Thompson, MH, 2007
Julie Rainey, OH, 2010

Three schools had 3
Ashley Pyfferoen, Byron, OH, 2007
Jill Storlie, Byron, MH, 2008
Racquel Reker,Byron, MH, 2007
Jenny Gilbertson, Winona Cotter, MH, 2008
Devin Bowlin, Winona Cotter, OH, 2007
Paula Angst, Winona Cotter, MH, 2007
Ashley Ahmann, Roch Lourdes, OH, 2007
Emily Welhaven, Roch Lourdes, OH, 2007
Caitlin Brunkhorst, Roch Lourdes, RH, 2007
4 schools had 2
Laura Canton, Pine Island, MH, 2007
Christina Maley, Pine Island, MH, 2008
Alyssa Nelson, Hayfield, OH, 2007
Leslie Wilson, Hayfield, OH, 2008
Amanda Schroeder, Kasson-Mantorville, S, 2007
Ashleigh Betha, Kasson-Mantorville, L, 2007
Erin Nibbe, Lake City, OH, 2007
Amy Vaith, Lake City, S, 2007
4 had one each
Kristin Boyum, Kenyon-Wanamingo, OH, 2007
Natassja Elliot, Triton, S, 2007
Julia Thompson, Cannon Falls, S, 2007
Kelli Boras, Zumbrota-Mazeppa, L, 2008

Thanks to all the readers that help make this site a must see spot on the internet superhighway.

Next up: tomorrow morning

Friday, November 24, 2006

D1 Minnesotans Pick Up Awards

#1 posting 11.24.2006
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Today the Gophers have a big contest at Purdue with NCAA hosting implications. If the Gophers take care of business it would be close to impossible for the NCAA to stiff them like they did last year.

Today we will take a look at how some of the Minnesota players in D1 did this season.

UConn was the 7th seed in the Big East tournament and lost to Louisville in quarterfinals in four games. Bridget Denson-Dorman, Hopkins; Megan Frey, Chaska and Lorelle Schaub, Irondale made up the Minnesotans on the squad. UConn was 19-11 on the year. Denson-Dorman played in 103 games and averaged 12.69 assists per game and led the team with 44 ace serves. Schaub played in 84 games had 1.5 kills and 1.11 blocks pg. Frey played in 24 games.

Denson-Dorman was named to the Big East Second team.

UW Green Bay had three Minnesotans: Sarah Rauen, North Branch; Betty Slinger, Bethlehem Academy; and Leah Steinbauer, Medford. Both Rauen and Slinger were involved in 113 games, Steinbauer played in 57.
Rauen had 2.82 kills per game, 3rd on the team, 2nd on the digging front, and led UWGB with 40 aces.
Slinger averaged 9.12 assists to lead the team, averaged 2.33 kpg which is good for fourth and 3rd in digging.

Slinger was named to the Horizon all Conference first team, her second straight honor. Both Rauen and Slinger were players of the week once during the season.

Central Florida, with Jana Mitchell from Ossseo, lost in the first round of the C-USA tournament to UAB losing in four. Mitchell had 9 kills along with a hand in six blocks. UCF was 5-24 on the year. Mitchell had 96 kills for the year. She led the team with 1.15 blocks per game.

North Dakota State has 7 Minnesotans on their roster. Mattie Johnson, Lakeville North was voted newcomer of the year in the D1 independent teams and second team all conference. Johnson averaged 12.29 assists per game.

Christy Stuewe, Mayer Lutheran, was first team all conference. Stuewe had 2.67 kpg, and 1.43 bpg. She led NDSU with in kill % with .356.

Kari Fagnan, Fridley led the Bison with 4.82 dgp. Chloe Quirk, Mankato West was 3rd in digs with 2.74. Kelly Kauffmann, Hopkins; and Kristen Hille, Sauk Rapids-Rice also saw big court time.

South Dakota State had six Minnesotans on their roster. Samantha Pearson, Chaska was named to the second team for the Independent squads in D1. She led SDSU with 4.91 dpg.
Laura Slagter, Mounds View also saw a lot of court time.

Iowa State, Northern Iowa, and Marquette's regular seasons are not over. I will review those teams when they are done.

Thanks to all the help from my readers that make this site what it is.

Next up: tomorrow morning.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Photos From State

#2 posting 11.23.2006
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here is the photo edition of the state tournament taken by my trusty Olympus D-490. None of theese photos will be up for Pulitzers. The problem was I thought I was taking a shot of the action when it was a split second after. So most of the time the photos are either players standing around after the attack, or players sprawled on the floor with the ball richocet off in the distance. Any way here is the best of the bunch.

When Spuds attack. This is probably an Ashley Wheeler attack.

Here is Eagan, Moorhead's conqueror moving to the ball (top center)

Hibbing's Alia Cook? going up for an attack against Blaine.

Blaine's Jessica Granquist on the floor. Jackie Kelly ready to set.

Lake of the Woods Carlie Waibel setting. Courtney Bitter is next to her.

Leigh Splittstoesser ready to set for Stewartville.

Before the A championship between Minneota and Bethlehem Academy

Minneota's Hayley Hennen about to set.

Minneota's Samantha Hennen with both hands up in celebration.

BAs Holly Hafemeyer going up for the block.

BA setting it up.

This is about the only shot that I have a player going up for an attack. I think it may be an overpass kill coming up judging from the players on the floor for Minneota.

Stewartville up for the block on Jordan.

Stewartville setting up after a Leah Dietel attack.

Jordan calling the ball out.

Celebrating the AA Jordan State Championship.

Next up: tomorrow morning. happy thanksgiving

Uran POY, Channel 12 Team

#1 posting 11.23.2006
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Thanks to all the readers that help providing this site with worthwhile information

Casey Uran, Sartell has been named player of the year in the St. Cloud Times. Here are profiles of the balance of the squad.

Cable channel 12 in the Northwest suburbs has a video clip that is quite good about their all area volleyball team. It is worth three to four minutes of your time. Click on play video when you get there.

If you know of any all this or all that list I will get it up.

To catch up:
Casey Uran, Sartell to SW MN State
Shanna Schmiesing, Sauk Centre, to North Dakota
Steph Wallin, Armstrong to High Point

UW Green Bay players Betty Slinger (Bethlehem Academy) and Sarah Rauen (North Branch) have recognized for the Academic All-District V First Team. From the ECM Post Review.

Anoka-Ramsey finished fourth in the latest JUCO state tournament. Here is the review of their season from the East Central MN Post Review.

Murray County Central handed out their awards recently. From the Murray County News.

Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus named their award winners. From the Lake Country Echo.

Lanesboro and Mabel-Canton also join the award parade. From the Republican-Leader.

The Duluth all stars beat the Area all stars last week in five games in the Bernick’s Pepsi All-Star Volleyball Game. Esko's Eleena Iisakka was named MVP for the Duluth squad, Erin Jacobson, Virginia was MVP for the Area team. From the Cloquet Pine Journal.

Next up: the long awaited state tournament photos. Come back after your turkey. They will NOT be amazing photos due to the photographer and the slow, slow camera.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Braegelmann National POY

#1 posting 11.22.2006
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Vicky Braegelmann, UM Duluth has to build a new edition to her home as she has been named national co-player of the year for D2. She of course was named to the first team by the AVCA. She has pulled in 9 major awards this year.
UMD's Kari Wolford, and Katie Ganglehoff were named to the AVCA second team. Rachel Langseth made honorable mention.
Concordia St. Paul's Jessica Lucia, Kelsey Kyro, and Maggie McNamara also were honored. Lucia made the first team; Kyro and McNamara were second teamers. McNamara also was named Freshman of the year.
Here is a list of all the winners from the AVCA.

Allison Albers, Goodhue has been named player of the year in the Red Wing Republican Eagle. The first team and second team are also listed.

The MN Daily looks at the road trip to Purdue and Indiana this weekend.

Elk River and Rogers seasons are recapped in the Elk River Star News. MVPs: Arika Jullierat for ER; Amy Neubauer for Rogers.

Next up: tomorrow morning. Also pictures, the ones that are passable, from the state tournament.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Brandl Verbals

#1 posting 11.21.2006
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Kelsey Brandl, Lakeville North 2008 has made a verbal to Cincinnati. The 6-3 Middle helped LN to a second place finish in the recent MN AAA state tournament. Brandl also plays JOs with M1.

Mollie Bjelland, Grantsburg, WI has signed with Winona State to play softball and volleyball. You will get the softball information at the WSU site.
Kresson Vreeman, Central Christian has signed with Denver.

Krystal Schwanke, Springfield has been named player of the year in the New Ulm Journal.
She is headed to SW MN State. Here is the balance of the team.

The Pheasant conference named their team with Whitney Boom, of state A entrant Wheaton the MVP
Fergus Falls named their award winners. Sam Revering was named MVP of the Otters. From the Fergus Falls Daily Journal.

After beating Wisconsin for the second time this year, Minnesota now is #10 in the AVCA poll. Wisconsin fell one spot to #11. Penn State is the top Big 10 team at #5. Minnesota plays #22 Purdue on Friday.
Malama Peniata won the Big 10 defensive award for the 3rd time this year.

Joe Sussenguth, coach of the national champs Ridgewater, has a feature in the Marshall Independent.

Central Lakes finished third in the JUCO tournament. CL, after losing to Ridgewater in the semis, rallied for a 3-2 win over Brookhaven. CL trailed 29-25 in game four. From the Brainerd Dispatch.

Tampa, the team that ended UM Duluth's season won the D2 tournament, Juniata won the D3 tournament.

If you have all conference lists send them my way.
Thanks to all the readers that help make this site a must see destination on the internet superhighway.

Next up: tomorrow morning

Monday, November 20, 2006

Ridgewater Champs

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Ridgewater knocked off MN rival Central Lakes in the semis in four and then Edison, OH in a sweep. Ridgewater has won two titles in the last five years. Joe Sussenguth, in his first year at Ridgewater, was named coach of the tournament as well. Sussenguth was coach at A Champ Minneota for five seasons, so he had a hand in developing two winners. Here is the West Central Tribune on their march to the title.

The MN Daily recaps the senior night celebration win over Iowa. The next item on the menu: at Purdue in a crucial battle the day after Thanksgiving.

A former Shawnee Mission East Kansas HS coach Terry Wright, will be spending 13 and 1/2 years in prison for sex crimes involving two former players. He recently married one of them a few weeks ago. From the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Thanks to all the readers that provide me with information. You are what makes this site a destination stop on the internet highway.

Next up: tomorrow morning, Coming on Thanksgiving: photos of the state tournament, but keep in mind they are amatuer photos.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Adams, Ryan POYs; Ridgewater Champs

#1 posting 11.18.2006
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Award season is in full swing with Brainerd and Duluth naming names.

Annie Adams , Crosby-Ironton, was named player of the year in the Brainerd Dispatch. Here are stats, standings and the balance of the all area team.

Amber Ryan, Hermantown, has been named player of the year in the Duluth News Tribune. I could find no links for the rest of the team. If you know, let me know.

Central Lakes was facing Ridgewater in the semifinals yesterday. Ridgewater won that contest in four and then beat Edison in a sweep. The official tournament site has more information along with the all tournament team. Ridgewater's Ashley Olson was MVP.

Each school had the build up to the big event. The Brainerd Dispatch has the Central Lakes story. Ridgewater is in the West Central Tribune.

There is a photo of the North Central All Star action from Bemidji in the Bemidji Pioneer. No story however. Action continues today.

I have added links to JO programs. If you know of more let me know.

I have tons of photos from the state tournament. It seemed when I clicked the camera was slow. When I thought I was getting a hitter about to swat the ball, I got the action about 1.4 seconds later with celebrations or ball in the net. I hope to put some up on Thanksgiving.

Thanks to all the readers that help make this website what it is. We appreciate the information.

Next up: tomorrow morning

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Out & About: Minnesota./Iowa

#2 posting 11.18.2006
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30-21, 30-17, 25-30, 30-21

It was senior night at Minnesota and the senior exited the stage with a four game win over Iowa. Kelly Bowman, Megan Crumpston, Meredith Nelson, and Malama Peniata all received accolades and the heartfelt appreciation from the 4000+ fans in attendance. It may have been the last game for those maroon and gold clad veterans. Season ticket holders received a ticket form for NCAA playoff tickets. Minnesota may host on the December 1-2 weekend. Final decision on that will occur after the Purdue/Indiana trip next weekend.

The first two games MN had a strong fbso game checking in .704. They opened with a strong five straight fbso with two blocks and three kills, two by Nelson. The Gophers also had another string of five later in the frame. The only rotation that delivered points off the serve was Peniata's with five straight taking a 10-7 game to 15-7. Iowa's time out did get the ball back in the Hawkeye's hands. They did close to 17-14 on a 7-2 run. MN had a 6-1 run late to push the lead to 29-19, but Iowa fought off the inevitable for three more points.

The second game was much quicker with only 12 servers, the fewest on the night. Peniata again had the best run with 8 straight points taking a 14-9 game to 22-9. Liberal substitutions allowed Iowa some hope and they ran off five straight points late with three straight on Gopher hitting errors.

After the break the Gophers kept the subsitute players and the timing and rhythm was off. Passing was not clean, plus the serving game handed the ball back three of the first six serves. Minnesota did lead in this stanza, the biggest margin was three at 18-15. The game was tied at 22 when Iowa closed with a 8-3 run. The reason was that the Gophers couldn't get a point off their serve as Iowa's fbso game slammed the door on Minnesota seven straight times. Minnesota could not get the fbso game rolling coming in with 11/20 for this frame.

Minnesota went to the regular line up in game four and again started pulling away on Peniata's serve with a run of five points. Bowman added four more so after a 12-12 tie Minnesota went on a 11-1 run.

No word on why Kayla Roehrig did not play in any game tonight. Rachelle Hagerty filled in that OH spot all night.

Here are the Minnesota and Iowa releases. And box, we can't forget the box.

team, fbso/serves--fbso%; pts scored, % earned, % allowed
Minnesota 38/61--.623; 115; .817; .393
Iowa 34/60---.567; 89; .607; .183
Minnesota will not have the luxury to allow so many points later this week in Indiana or in the NCAA tournament. Again MN gave away 35 points. They need to drop mistakes to 22 or under to be solid.

1 Tan/Fallon 18-19 .485
2 Peniata 32-15 .681
3 Bowman 22-20 .524
4 Crumpston 14-13 .519
5 Nelson 14-10 .583
6 Hartmann 15-12 .556
totals 115-89 .564
In the first two games Peniata's rotation had a .769 %. In the third game Peniata's rotation was like most of the rest of the Gophers--in the minus category. The only rotation to creep over to the positive side was Bowman's in game three (6-4).

Next up: tomorrow morning

UMD Falls in Semis, CSP Signings

#1 posting 11.18.2006
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Concordia St. Paul inked five for their squad: Emily Palkert, SW Christian (Chaska); Krista Erickson, Andover; Blair Murphy, Hermantown; Rachel Knutsen St. Michael-Albertville and Kasey Woodcock, Delano.

UM Duluth lost to #1 Tampa in the NCAA D2 semifinals in four games. Vicky Braegelmann had 26 kills in the effort. UMD finishes 31-4 on the year.

UW Whitewater was swept in the NCAA D3 semifinals to Washington St. Louis. The Recap didn't work, the box score did.

Central Lakes is looking for their first national title in their fourth trip to the big event. A preview fromt the Brainerd Dispatch.
Central Lakes went 3-0 in pool play, Ridgewater was 2-1. Here is the results from the Rochester CTC site, the hosts for this tournament. Central Lakes will play Ridgewater in the semis today at 11 am. Finals are at 4 pm.

It could be the last home game for Gopher Seniors Kelly Bowman, Megan Crumpston, Meredith Nelson, and Malama Peniata. Tonight's oppenent is Iowa. From the MN Daily.

Katelyn Applewick has been given three years probation for an automobile crash that severly injured Winona State volleyball coach Connie Metille, and the football coach. Both read statements at the sentencing. From the Winona Daily News.

The North Central All Star game will take place today and tomorrow at Bemidji State. Game starts at 1 pm. They list the rosters on the site. From the Bemidji Pioneer.

Vicky Braegelmann, UM Duluth 26 vs Tampa 1-3

Next up: tonight after the Gopher game.

Friday, November 17, 2006

UMD Semi Bound, Lopez Verbals

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Jennifer Lopez, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, 2008 a 5-11 setter and hitter, has made a verbal to North Dakota State. From the Fargo Forum.

#2 UM Duluth beat UC San Diego 3-1 in the D2 quarterfinals in Pensacola and will see #1 Tampa today at 4 pm in the Semifinals. Also the Duluth News Tribune has more.

Vicky Braegelmann of UMD was named to the Daktronics All American second team.

The McNamara sisters of Concordia St. Paul have a blurb in the Red Wing Republican Eagle.

UW Whitewater beat California Lutheran 3-0 to move to the semifinals. The host site has more details in their recap. Here is the bracket. Here is the final 8 site. You can get live audio.

Ridgewater's first year coach Joe Sussenguth takes his squad to Rochester for the National NJCAA D3 championships in Rochester MN. Ridgewater opens the tournament today as the #3 seed and will face #6 Monroe NY at 11 am. This is pool play.
Central Lakes is the #1 seed and sees

Cannon Falls finished the year 15-14 this year. The article in the Cannon Falls Beacon lists awards and honors for the team.
Freshman Cassidy Whalen was MVP from the Randolph Rockets. Also from the CF Beacon.

Next up: tomorrow morning

Thursday, November 16, 2006

D2 Tournament Begins, Grussing Retires

#1 posting 11.16.2006
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Jim Boos, UM Duluth was named North Central coach of the year and four of his players made the North Central team. The Bulldogs open the D2 Elite 8 tournament against UC San Diego today at noon at West Florida in Pensacola. To get stats check here, to get the webfeed check here. No word if the video is free, my guess is no.

The MN Daily recounts last night's big win in Madison snapping the Badgers home winning streak.
The Wisconsin State Journal and Badger Herald also has their recap from a different perspectives.

Megan Crumpston gets a feature in the StarTribune. Her rise mirrors the Gophers. Her whipsaw serve and powerpacked kills have given Minnesota another dimension in their attacks.

Traci Grussing has resigned at Central Christian. Grussing won A titles 1998 when the tournament was still two classes, and then two more in 1999, and 2000 when their were three tournaments. She coached 17 All State players. From the West Central Tribune.
She is the second prominent coach to retire this year. Walt Weaver, the only coach Apple Valley has had, also is leaving.

If the MSHSL gets their way the transfer door will be slammed shut. That is the preliminary report that a committee recommends. The board of directors look at the issue next on Dec 7. Then it goes to regions throughout the state; the final step is the general assembly on Feb 12. From the StarTribune.

Bemidji had their banquet and named names. Among the award winners Mattea Elhard was MVP for offense; Sam Fossand MVP for defense.
Katelyn Horihan was named MVP of the Mabel-Canton team. From the Mabel-Harmony News Record.
The Iron Range all conference team is again named, this time in the International Falls Daily Journal.
The Southwest conference named their all conference squad and four Marshall Tigers make the list. From the Marshall Independent.

Lanesboro finished 21-6.
Mabel-Canton finished 28-4-1, losing in the section finals to state runner up Bethlehem Academy.
Both from the Republican Leader.

Russia defeated Brazil in five for the world title. From the Pioneer Press. Here is a box that is different from what I've seen, more details too.

Thanks to all the readers of the blog. With your help volleyball news is no longer hidden.

Next up: tomorrow morning

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The View from Afar: Minnesota/Wisconsin

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30-26, 30-22, 18-30, 30-25

The Minnesota Gophers are now alone in second place in the big 10 as they beat #10 Wisconsin on their home court in four. Penn State was swept in three recently in Madison. It is not a friendly environment for away teams to play.

This report is coming from the play by play list that came from the Wisconsin website. I don't have the visual access, but it is available. It felt like I was sitting by the crystal set listening to the Harding/Cox election returns from 1920, only there was no listening.

In game one Wisconsin had the lead at 8-6, but Malama Peniata gave the lead to Minnesota for good after a side out with two service points both on Wisconsin attack errors. The biggest run in the first game came on Christine Tan's five service points, plus the side out to give Minnesota a decent cushion. The Gophers added to it with a four piont run after the side out for a 10-1 run.

Wisconsin switched their outsides in game two with Maria Carlini coming early in the serving order and Brittany Dolgner following. Wisconsin again led early 6-4, but couldn't quite hold the lead. The Gophers took the lead on Rachel Hartmann's serve 12-9. Minnesota had another big run, this time by NCAA record holder Meredith Nelson with five points from the line plus one from the side out for six. That made it 23-15. A block by Nelson and Hartmann finished the second frame.

In the third game Wisconsin made some more adjustments with the outsides remaining where they were in game two, but instead of Simpson holding the first rotation, she now fell to third in the rotation. That seemed to get the Badger mojo working as they led early 9-4. MN did close at 16-15, but Wisconsin took off on a 9-2 run after that to establish their lead.

In the fourth stanza Wisconsin stayed with what worked in game three, but Minnesota made some adjustments of their own. The Gophers led early for the first time 7-2 and 8-4. It didn't last. Wisconsin took the lead at 10-9 with Amanda Berkley's serve in the fifth rotation. Their biggest lead was three, and last lead at 20-19. By this point both teams were grooving their fbso game. Wisconsin had seven straight fbso, Minnesota had their fbso run a bit later, but it was six. Peniata gave the lead to MN with two service points and a 22-21 lead MN picked up two more points on three straight kills by Wisconsin native Meredith Nelson, one on a side out and two on Crumpston dive serves. Wisco closed to 27-25, but finished with three straight attack errors, one of which hit the Minnesota wall.

Of course you can get the recount from the Minnesota or Wisconsin sites too.

Here are the
team, fbso/serves--fbso%; pts scored, % earned, % allowed
Minnesota 40/62--.645; 108; .722; .330
Wisconsin 36/62---.581; 103; .670; .278

1 Tan 24-13 .649
2 Peniata 22-20 .524
3 Bowman 14-15 .483
4 Crumpston 16-17 .485
5 Nelson 20-17 .541
6 Hartmann 12-21 .364

Now the Gophers prepare at home for another border battle---Iowa. It may not have the punch this one had, but Minnesota has probably learned not to sleep walk through any matches after Michigan.

Next up: Tomorrow morning with more on this game, plus news of the day.

Border Brawl Tonight

#1 posting 11.15.2006
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#12 Minnesota faces #10 Wisconsin in a game to determine which team will be alone in second in the Big 10. It also may determine who gets a first round NCAA tournament game for Dec 1 & 2. Wisconsin is looking for revenge as the Gophers beat them in October. From the Badger Herald. The Minnesota Daily also has the build up. Madison should be rockin' tonight.

UM Duluth is now #2 in the country after their North Central regional win over host Concordia St. Paul. They open the Elite 8 D2 tournament in Pensacola.

It looks like the North Central Conference days will be getting shorter. North Dakota is gone soon, South Dakota is also going the D1 route. Augustana has asked to get into the Northern Sun. Nebraska Omaha has asked to get into the Mid American conference. That leaves UM Duluth, St. Cloud State, and MSU Mankato with a rump three team conference. From the StarTribune.

Lindsey Gothe, St. Cloud State and Elk River was named to ESPN Magazine all district 5 third team. From the Elk River Star News.

Jordan, a dynasty in the making?
Chaska basks in the glow of their 6th state title.
Both from the StarTribune's weekly editions in the South and West.

Kelsey Brandl - Lakeville North and M1 17-1’s - will be traveling to Venice, Italy after Christmas with the USA Youth Volleyball team.

Zimmerman named their MVP: Hannah Downing. From the Elk River Star News.
Hannah Downing and Jenna Anderson were named to the Rum River Team.

The Red Rock has named their all conference team. From the Worthington Daily Globe.

The Iron Range named their all Conference team. It is found in the Duluth News Tribune scoreboard section. scroll, scroll, scroll down down down.

Also tonight there is an all star game in Duluth tonight. The Bernick’s Pepsi All-Star Game will take place in Hermantown at 8:15 pm. again the roster will be found in the scoreboard.

The West Central North and South have named their All Conference teams.
From the West Central Tribune.

The Pine to Prairie conference has their all conference list in the Grand Forks Herald. Scroll Jordan Scroll.

Krystal Schwanke, Springfield was named KNUJ Volleyball Player of the Year. She will play volleyball next year at SW MN State. From the New Ulm Journal.

M1 will list their teams on their site coming in November.

Thanks for all the help from you readers of this site. You are the reason this is must see VB on the internet.

Next up: tomorrow morning, or maybe later after the MN/WI game

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Gibbemeyer POY, 3 Signings

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Lauren Gibbemeyer, Cretin-Derham Hall was named player of the year in the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
The Pioneer Press has named their All State teams with three teams, and honorable mention.

Laura Greenwood a 5'10" MH/OH hitter from Duluth East volleyball has signed to play for MSU-Moorhead next season. No links found on this story, but it is from a reliable source.

Amber Ryan, Esko MH has signed with NW Missouri State coached by Esko native Anna Tool. From the Duluth News, and you will have to scroll down to read it.

Rachel Lamers Kimberly, WI OH has signed with UM Duluth. From the Appleton Post Crescent.

The AVCA polls has the Gophers climbing one spot to #12 after their thrashing of Illinois and Northwestern. Now they travel to Madison for a Big 10 battle for second with Wisconsin.

Climax-Fisher has a wrap of their 4th place experience in the A tournament in the Crookston Times.
Littlefork-Big Falls had two losses at state, Climax-Fisher and Wheaton. They are reviewed by the International Falls Daily Journal.

The Star Tribune has two volleyballers make the list, both State Champions, and both Brittanys: Brittany Chambers of Jordan, and Brittany Wenzel, Chaska.

West Central has passed out their team awards and Tana Lohse and Kendra Vipond were named team MVPs. From the Fergus Falls Daily Journal.

Lauren Gibbemeyer, Megan McComas, and Lauren Wagner from Cretin-Derham Hall have been named all conference in the Suburban East. The rest of the squad will be posted or linked here when I am notified.

If you have news on all conference or signings or general news let me know. You readers make this site a must stop destination on the internet highway.

Next up: Tomorrow morning

Monday, November 13, 2006

Tournament Leftovers

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If you haven't rechecked the stories from this Saturday, I have modified them and added more information. It was late and I was tired after the avalanche of volleyball on Saturday night. I did need to sleep a few hours.

Minneota was crowned champs on Saturday. Monday the Marshall Independent trumpets their achievement.

Pipestone was 3rd in AA with their 3-1 win over LeSueur-Henderson. From the Worthington Daily Globe.

Marshall ended their season with a 5th place triumph over Wayzata in the AAA division. Here is more in the Marshall Independent.

Hibbing's State tournament experience is recounted here with their quarterfinals loss to Blaine and the consolation loss to Marshall. From the Hibbing Daily News.

Congratulations are in order for the state champs
A Minneota
AA Jordan
AAA Chaska
also hats off to the coaches of the year
A Traci Grussing, Central Christian
AA Colleen Chambers, Jordan
AAA Celeste Gorman, Blaine

Meredith Nelson set an NCAA record with her 18 straight service points (it may have gone on longer, but on potential point 19 it just plopped over the net with players looking at each other).
Also during the weekend smoking of Illinois and Northwestern Kelly Bowman topped the 1000 career dig mark. From the MN Daily.

Next up: tomorrow morning

Sunday, November 12, 2006

UMD Wins Rubber Game

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UM Duluth won the rubber game with Concordia St. Paul in four games and they did it on CSP's home floor in the North Central region. The all region team is in the CSP link above. UMDuluth will play UC San Diego at noon on November 16 at West Florida University in Pensacola, FL in the final 8 D2 tournament .

Defending national champion UW Whitewater beat UW Eau Claire in four on the UWEC floor in the Midwest Regional. It was Whitewater's third victory over Eau Claire this season. They now move on in the bracket to the D3 final 8 at the Salem, VA Civic Center to face California Lutheran. It is unclear to me when they play. Maybe you can figure out from this site.

North Dakota State beat South Dakota State in four games to finish 3rd in the 6 team Independent tournament. Also the Fargo Forum has more.
IPFW won the tournament in a four game battle with Utah Valley State. You can also check out the all tournament team on the main site. Sheila Parrish, and Lyndsey Rogers from NDSU make the list, Kristina Martin for SDSU also is on.

Blaine bounced back from their heartbreaker with LN with a four game win over Eagan. More info at the MSHSL site.
5th Place
Marshall won their match with Wayzata in four. I am sure the Marshall Independent will have more tomorrow. Right now you just get the MSHSL box.
3rd place
Pipestone downed LSH in four. you will need to go the MSHSL for more info.
5th place
St. Cloud Cathedral beat Lake of the Woods in four. From the St. Cloud Times.
3rd Place
Central Christian beat Climax-Fisher for 3rd in five games.
5th place
Meadow Creek swept Wheaton. Story also found in the Climax-Fisher story.

Albert Lea Tribune came out with their All Area team. The co- player of the year is Annika Smed, Albert Lea, the other player is south of the border--Megan Pederson of Lake Mills IA. Here is the rest of the Albert Lea Tribune All Area team.

Annie Adams, Crosby-Ironton was named player of the year in the Brainerd Dispatch, but I haven't found the link to it yet. Here is her signing story with South Dakota State from the Brainerd Dispatch.

5 games
Kaiaso Korynta, Climax-Fisher 47 vs Central Christian 2-3
4 games
Amanda Dietel, Jordan 45 vs Stewartville 3-1
Hayley Hennen, Minneota 47 vs Bethlehem Academy 3-1

5 games
Nicole Knutson, Climax-Fisher 21 vs Central Christian 2-3
4 games
Taylor Bohannon, Eagan 22 vs Blaine 1-3
Shay Birath, Marshall 20 vs Wayzata 3-1
Brittany Chambers, Jordan 23 vs Stewartville 3-1
Julie Rainey, Stewartville 22 vs Jordan 1-3
Kelsey Lorenzen, Pipestone 21 vs LeSueur-Henderson 3-1
Leigh Splittstoesser, Stewartville 20 vs Jordan 1-3
Hayley Hennen, Minneota 26 vs Bethlehem Academy 3-1
Sammy Von Ruden, Bethlehem Academy 22 vs Minneota 1-3
Brooke Minnehan, Minneota 21 vs Bethlehem Academy 3-1
3 games
Taylor Fieldsted, Lakeville North 23 vs Chaska 0-3
Bekah Saugen, Chaska 20 vs Lakeville North 3-0

5 games
Kacie Fortmann, Climax-Fisher 22 vs Central Christian 2-3
4 games
Amanda Beekman, Marshall 27 vs Wayzata 3-1
Leah Dietel, Jordan 27 vs Stewartville 3-1
Brittany Chambers, Jordan 26 vs Stewartville 3-1
Anna Zyvoloski, St. Cloud Cathedral 23 vs Lake of the Woods 3-1

4 games
Mattie Johnson, North Dakota State 61 vs South Dakota State 3-1
Kristie Klusaw, South Dakota State 48 vs North Dakota State 1-3

4 games
Kari Fagnan, North Dakota State 23 vs South Dakota State 3-1
Samantha Pearson, South Dakota State 21 vs North Dakota State 1-3

4 games
Sheila Parrish, North Dakota State 23 vs South Dakota State 3-1

Now what?
It is not over. It never is. Their will be more all this and all that lists coming out in the next few weeks. Also JO season will be cranking up. I will need help in getting that information up. I will be linking JO sites soon.
I also took a bazillion pictures at the state. I hope most are clear enough to post.
Of course the Gophers are still playing and we will be covering that activity to be sure.

Next up: tomorrow morning. Of course I need to retro fit yesterdays games too.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Out & About: Minnesota /Northwestern

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30-24, 30-11, 30-17

The Gophers steamrolled a pretty good Northwestern team as they took care of business and didn't overlook this squad. Earlier in the year MN struggled at Evanston. There was no struggle tonight.

The intersting fact in this game occurred in game two when Meredith Nelson served up 18 straight points to take the Gophers from 7-4 to 25-4. That is a new NCAA record. Northwestern tried to stop the bleeding at 9-4 and 14-4, but they needed a tourniquet.

NW had the beginnings of their Chernobyl in game one with Minnesota reeling off a 11-3 run. The Gophers trailed 21-19 before the start of the avalance. It all started on a missed serve.

In game three the Gophers were Golden once more with a 17-3 run. Domination was the word of the day.

Here are the reports from the colleges Minnesota and Northwestern.

team, fbso/serves--fbso%; pts scored, % earned, % allowed
Minnesota 22/35---.629; 90; .756; .269
Northwestern 19/35---.543; .731; .244
The odd thing was Northwestern's fbso was always one less than the Gophers each game. Even in game two it was .667. The Nelson Tsunami swept any prayer of victory out the window in that game.

Tan 12-6 .667
Peniata 9-10 .474
Bowman 15-7 .682
Crumpston 19-13 .594
Nelson 30-9 .769
Hartmann 6-7 .462
With 18 in a row you might expect Nelson to be on the top end of the rotation points. She also had a strong run in game three with six more in a row.

Minnesota only gave up one run of four when the regulars in three games. When substitutions were made another run of four occured. But counting the MN runs: 8 over three games, 10 if you like your runs of three.

Now will this statement be heard in Madison? Sole possession for second place will be on the line on Wednesday.

Next up: tomorrow.

Out & About: Chaska/Lakeville North

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25-20, 25-16, 25-15

Chaska won their 6th title overall with a sweep over LN. The Hawks never lost a game in the match. The last game they lost was in the 6AAA Semis to Shakopee.

My wife wanted to eat before the Minnesota/Northwestern game, so I left after the AA championship.

But I did digest the box from the MSHSL and here is some
team, fbso/serves--fbso%; pts scored, % earned, % allowed
Chaska 26/38---.684; 75; .800; .255
Lakeville North 21/38---.553; 51; .745; .200

Leah Saugen

1 Kimber Kuhl 19-9 .679
2 Leah Saugen 17-8 .680
3 Brittany Wenzel 7-7 .500
4 Allie Oelke 11-8 .579
5 Tawny Dahmes 7-8 .467
6 Bekah Saugen 14-11 .560

1 Taylor Fieldsted 12-17 .414
2 Torey Broback 8-12 .400
3 Kayla Kirby 8-7 .533
4 Brandl/Weaver 9-11 .450
5 Cori Revsbeck 6-8 .479
6 Amy Braun 10-18 .357

When Wenzel is in the front row for Chaska their point % is .641; When she is in the back row they are .521.
Kirby was the only LN player north of .500.

Here is the MSHSL boxes.
The Chaska Herald has details along with the All Tournament team.
The StarTribune also has their take on Chaska's march to the title.
The Pioneer Press also have their insights on Chaska's win.

Next up: the Minnesota/Northwestern game

Out & About: Jordan/Stewartville

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25-17, 23-25, 25-16, 25-17

The Jordan youngsters won their first title over a traditional power in Stewartville.

The basic story in this game came down to fbso and the dynamic attack duo of Brittany Chambers and Leah Dietel. Of course setting the table was Amanda Dietel. Jordan delivered fbso at .542 while Stewartville checke in at .429.

The first game started off with a Chambers kill for a fbso and then Stewartville gave up two points on hitting errors for a 3-0 Jordan lead. Jordan built the lead to 9-5 when Stewartville was forced to take a time out after an ace by Ashley Franke. Stewie was able to tie it at 11 after four three service points from Alex Nold including an ace for point 11. Then Jordan needed to regroup. Chambers got a kill for the side out. Jordan had the next run with three service points from Meghan Moffitt, to push the lead up to 18-13. Franke again delivered with five service points to put Jordan on the brink 24-16. Stewie took a time out after an ace for point 20-16, but after the break Leah Dietel kept the run going with a slide kill. She added a tip kill for point 23 and after a missed serve, finished off the first frame with another kill.

The first game had 6 runs of three or more by both teams. Game two only had two and one occurred early for Jordan as they led 4-1 after a Chambers ace. It may have continued, but Chambers hit the net on her next serve. Neither team could get any offensive traction going as Jordan maintained a three point lead. Stewartville tied it up at 15 for the first time. Stewartville had the other run to push the game from a one point deficit to a 21-19 Stewie lead. Jordan had the first time out at 20-19. After a block by Leigh Splittstoesser, Nold served out. Jordan tied it on a Chambers ace, but again she found the net on her next serve. On Splittstoesser's serve Jordan was called for a lift. Jordan burned their last time out. It helped because Leah Dietel delivered a kill to cut the Stewartville margin to 23-22. That was all Stewartville needed to see & they took their time out. The rest of the game was a side out game as Leah Dietel had an overpass hitting error to hand the game to Stewie.

There were five runs in game three and four belonged to Jordan and they all came before Stewartville's last gasp. Jordan came up four and on Amanda Dietel serve pushed the lead up to 21-11. Stewartville used the second time out at 18-11 and it didn't stop the Jordan juggernaut. Stewartville did close the margin to 23-16 with a run of three on a side out and two service points from Amanda Thompson. Leah Dietel again closed the deal, this time with a block.

Neither team shook the other off in game four. The game opened with six straight side outs. Jordan held an early advantage by breaking serve, but Stewartville was right on the heels and tied the game at 14. Thompson delivered 14 on an ace, but missed her next serve. That gave the ball back to Jordan and Leah Dietel served up four. Stewartville took their first time out at 17-14, they soon used the second at 19-14. Jordan cut the margin to 21-17, but Chambers, who had 10 kills in the fourth game alone, scored three of the last four points, including the game winner with kills. Jordan had taken their place in the pantheon of champions.

Here is the MSHSL site game info.
The Pioneer Press has the Jordan championship story. The StarTribune doubles up the AA & A championship games.

rotation, player, position, ht, year, aces, blocks, kills-totals
1 Amanda Dietel, S, 5-8, 2008, 1-0-2---3
2 Brittany Chambers, H, 5-8, 2009, 5-0-22--27
3 Michelle O'Malley, MH, 5-9, 2009, 0-0-0---0
4 Ashley Franke, RH, 5-8, 2007, 2-0-1---3
5 Leah Dietel, MH, 6-1, 2009, 3-2-25--30
6 Elizabeth O'Malley, OH, 5-5,2007, 1-0-0---1
totals: 12-2-45----59 points, 39 points on Stewartville errors

1 Alex Nold, MH, 6-0, 2007, 2-4-8---14
2 Leigh Splittstoesser, S, 5-7, 2007, 0-0-6--6
3br Laura Hoover, Server, 5-8, 2007, 1-0-0---1
3fr Erin Ness, OH, 6-0, 2008, 0-0-4---4
4 Amanda Thompson, MH, 5-9, 2007, 1-4-5---10
5 Emily Rainey, S, 5-6, 2009, 0-0-0----0
5fr Renee Waugh, RH, 5-11, 2007, 0-1-2---3
6 Julie Rainey, OH, 5-9, 2010, 1-0-4---5
Totals: 5-9-29---43 points; 32 points on Jordan errors.

I don't believe in sharing titles. It is not PlayerS of the game, but obviousley two for Jordan, or maybe even three could easily fill the bill. But for being more consistent throughout the match I am going with Leah Dietel.

team, fbso/serves--fbso%; pts scored, % earned, % allowed
Jordan 26/48---.542; 98; .602; .427
Stewartville 21/49---.429; 75; .573; .398
Every game Jordan fbsoed better than Stewartville. The first game Jordan delivered .727. LD had four of the eight fbso in game one.

1 Amanda Dietel 20-14 .588
2 Chambers 20-12 .625
3 Michelle O'Malley 13-16 .448
4 Franke 19-12 .613
5 Leah Dietel 15-9 .624
6 Elizabeth O'Malley 11-12 .478

1 Nold 17-23 .425
2 Splittstoesser 13-15 .464
3 Hoover 13-14 .481
4 Thompson 14-25 .359
5 Emily Rainey 9-11 .450
6 Julie Rainey 9-10 .474
Not one Stewartville player crossed the .500 mark; not every Jordanaire was over the .500 mark though. Three, however made the .600 mark.

Next up: AAA finals

Out & About: Minneota/Bethlehem Academy

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25-23, 25-17, 21-25, 25-19

Minneota won the championship rematch over Bethlehem Academy for their first title in three tries.

In game one Minneota came out with seven straight fbso and held a commanding 18-7 before BA to their first point off their serve. BA didn't help their cause either with three straight missed serves. It was 5-3 before the first missed serve, it was 12-6 after they got the ball back. Minneota put it up to 24-10, but it BA after a side out started a huge run on Liz Schlobohm's serve. Holly Hafemeyer was delivering in the front as they edged back to 24-14 when Minneota reluctantly took a time out. But the points kept coming, and coming, and coming. BA cut it to 24-21 when it appeared that Samantha Hennen wiped a ball off a block, but she or another Minneota player got caught in the net. That brought another time out from Minneota. On the next ball Hafemeyer put a kill down to make it a one point game. It was Hafemeyer's 6th point in the 12 point serve by Schlobohm. Minneota was able to escape on Samantha Hennen's wipe just like before, but this time she avoided the net.

Both teams traded side outs to start game two. Claire Kopfmann from Minneota was the first to break through the fbso as Hayley Hennen dumped the ball for point four. Minneota built the lead up to 7-4, but soon BA tied it at 8. On Leah Fadness' serve Minneota took a 15-11 lead, BA tried to stop it at 14-11 with a time out after a BA hitting error. But it was 10-2 run that put Minneota in the driver's seat 21-13. BA had one last gasp at 21-16, but lightning didn't strike twice. Minneota got their mojo back with a Steph Boulton kill, and then Boulton serve two aces to make it 24-17. After her missed serve Samantha Hennen again ended matters with a kill from the right side off a kill that was grazed by BA.

Neither team delivered a strong fbso game in the third frame. BA got points off their first serve for the first time. The only time they didn't lead was when Hayley Hennen got a point off a BA hitting error on the very first serve. BA had runs of 3, 5, 3, and 5 again that put them on the verge at 23-14. But now it was Minneota's turn to put the fear of the volleyball gods on BA. with the score 24-15 Samantha Hennen fought off game point with a slide kill. It was Boulton at the service line as she converted five points. BA had to take a reluctant time out at 24-19. Samantha Hennen was putting up three straight blocks from Minneota points 18-20. Fadness had a kill for point 21. The run ended their with a Hafemeyer kill to make it 2-1.

Minneota took control of game four with two runs of three on a 7-2 run to make it 8-3. Minneota had five kills in the run, all by a different player. BA took a time out and it seemed to be the tonic. They picked up four points, three on Minneota hitting errors. Boulton put down a kill to end that and then served up three points to make it 12-7. The Minneota lead ballooned out to 18-10 and BA was out of time outs after a stoppage at 15-9. Minneota's fbso game delivered again with 7/8 to start this stanza. BA did fight and had a run of four on Nicole Pothen's serve. Again it was Hafemeyer providing hope for BA. She scored six of the next eight BA points. The closest BA would get would be 20-16. Leading the charge for Minneota to get some distance between the two teams was Boulton with two straight kills for points 21, and 22. She also delivered points 24 on a kill. The game ended on an anticlimatic missed serve that sailed wide.

rotation, player, position, ht, year, aces, blocks, kills-totals
1 Hayley Hennen, S, 5-6, 2007, 0-0-2---2
2 Leah Fadness, OH, 5-6, 2010, 1-0-3--4
3 Claire Kopfmann, MH, 5-10, 2008, 0-1.5-13---14.5
4 Alyssa Buysse, RH, 5-10, 2007, 2-0.5-11---13.5
5 Steph Boulton, OH, 5-8, 2008, 3-0-19--22
6br Brooke Minnehan, L, 5-6, 2007, 0-0-0---0
6fr Samantha Hennen, MH, 5-6, 2010, 0-4-10--14
Totals: 6-6-58--70 points; 26 points on BA errors

1 Sammy Von Ruden, OH, 5-7, 2007, 0-0-4---4
2 KariAnne Nass, S, 5-6, 2010, 0-0.5-4--4.5
3 Nicole Pothen, L, 5-7, 2008, 1-0-0---1
3fr Laura Slinger, MH, 5-10, 2008, 0-1-10---11
4 Brittany DeGrood, OH, 5-6, 2007, 1-0-2---3
5 Liz Schlobohm, RH, 5-10, 2008, 0-0-3--3
5 Stephanie Meschke, RH 5-10, 2009, 0-0-3---3
6 Katy Howell, DS, 5-8, 2007, 1-0-0---1
6fr Holly Hafemeyer, MH, 6-1, 2010, 0-7.5-16--23.5
Totals: 3-9-42--54 points; 30 points from Minneota errors

Here is the MSHSL box account.

Hayley Hennen

team, fbso/serves--fbso%; pts scored, % earned, % allowed
Minneota 28/44---.636; 96; .729; .357
Bethlehem Academy 14/43---.326; 84; .643; .271
Clearly the fbso game favored Minneota to a great degree. Minneota also had three players in double figures with kills, while BA had Hafemeyer and Slinger. The Block game favored BA, but Minneota served better and hit better too.

1 Hennen 13-11 .542
2 Fadness 19-14 .576
3 Kopfmann 18-14 .563
4 Buysse 20-28 .417
5 Boulton 16-8 .667
6 Minnehan 10-9 .526

1 Von Ruden, 13-11 .542
2 Nass 11-18 .379
3 Pothen 14-18 .438
4 DeGrood 14-20 .412
5 Schlobohm 27-18 .600
6 Howell 5-10 .333
BA was hamstrung by the few points off rotation two. Three other rotations in the BA order outscored it. There were two rotations that were north of .600. Boulton was fairly strong throughout the contest. Schlobohm lived it up in game one with the 12-1 run. Without that her rotation would be 15-17.

next up: AA Finals

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UMD/Concordia St.Paul Rematch

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North Dakota State is hosting this Independent Tournament and split their opening two games in pool play. They beat Texas Pan Am 3-1 and then went to a marathon with IPFW 2-3. This was despite outhitting IPFW .325 to .211. Sheila Parrish tied a 5 game kill mark for NDSU with 33.
South Dakota State also split. They swept Providence, but in turn was swept by Utah Valley State.

Both top seeds move on for the third confrontation of the year, and this is for all the marbles. #2 UM Duluth beat Augustana in four. #1 Concordia St. Paul, the hosts, also won in four over Wayne State. Both teams won at home. UMD would have to break that trend today. It will be the fourth straight region final between the two teams.

It will be an all WIAC final in the Midwest Regional as Whitewater beat St. Thomas in a sweep, while host UW Eau Claire stopped Concordia Moorhead's run in a fiver.
The AVCA named their All American teams and Becca Shane of Concordia Moorhead, Dana Alf of UW Platteville and Leah Rosenbaum, UW Oshkosh are on the first team. Carly Freiborg, UW Eau Claire and Renville County West made the Second team.

5 games

Mattie Johnson, North Dakota State 82 vs IPFW 2-3
4 games
Mattie Johnson, North Dakota State 55 vs Texas Pan Am 3-1
5 games

Sheila Parrish, North Dakota State 33 vs IPFW 2-3
4 games
Sheila Parrish, North Dakota State 20 vs Texas Pan Am 3-1

4 games
Katie Gangelhoff, UM Duluth 68 vs Augustana 3-1
Maggie McNamara, Concordia St. Paul 61 vs Wayne State 3-1
Lisa Hoegh, Augustana 45 vs UM Duluth 1-3
4 games
Chelsea Meierotto, UM Duluth 27 vs Augustana 3-1
Megan Graham, Concordia St. Paul 27 vs Wayne State 3-1

Kari Wolford, UM Duluth 20 vs Augustana 3-1
Abby Schmidt, Augustana 20 vs UM Duluth 1-3
4 games

Kari Wolford, UM Duluth 27 vs Augustana 3-1
Kelsey Kyro, Concordia St. Paul 20 vs Wayne State 3-1

5 games
Carly Freiborg, UW Eau Claire 68 vs Concordia Moorhead 3-2
5 games

Shanna Berger, UW Eau Claire 24 vs Concordia Moorhead 3-2

Next up: I am off to the HS tournaments, then the Gopher game. I would like to be at all the tournament finals, but time travel hasn't been perfected yet.

State Finals Set

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Minnesota inked four players: Hailey Cowles, Eden Prairie; Lauren Gibbemeyer, Cretin-Derham Hall; and Brook Dieter, Bloomington Kennedy and the only player from out of state Charde Phillps of Elyria, OH. The Mpls StarTribune also weighs in.

Annie Adams, Crosby-Ironton 6-3 MH signed with South Dakota State. She will play in an all star game in Bemidji on Nov. 19.

It will be an All Lake Final with Chaska beating conference rival Eagan in three. From the Chaska Herald. They also have photos.
I already wrote the LN/Blaine story. See yesterday's stories.
If you want the mainstream here is the StarTribune.

Marshall advanced to the consolation semis with a four game win over Hibbing. From the Marshall Independent.
Wayzata beat Moorhead in the other consolation game 3-2. From the Fargo Forum.

Picks today: Chaska; Blaine; Marshall

Jordan had another fiver with Pipestone and Stewartville beat LeSuer-Henderson in four.
No paper articles were found, but you can read the MSHSL Summaries.

St. Cloud Cathedral steamrolled Montevideo in the consolation semis in a bit of a pay back from a late season loss in the West Central championship. From the St. Cloud Times and West Central Tribune.
Lake of the Woods dropped Virginia in four to face SCC. From the Duluth News Tribune.
Picks today: Stewartville, LSH, LOW

The Camden clash between Minneota and Central Christian went five. I saw the last three games of this match and did a little writing about it. Also a story from the Marshall Independent and the West Central Tribune. So the StarTrib and St. Paul Pioneer Press chime in.
They will meet Bethlehem Academy a sweep winner over Climax-Fisher. From the Grand Forks Herald.
Meadow Creek beat Bertha-Hewitt in five.
Picks today: Bethlehem Academy; Central Christian; Meadow Creek

Climax-Fisher's win over Littlefork-Big Falls is detailed in the Crookston Times.

Walt Weaver's retirement at Apple Valley has been published before, but here is the local ThisWeek paper in AV with more details.

5 games
Holly Dale, Wayzata 47 vs Moorhead 3-2

5 games
Taylor Fieldsted, Lakeville North 31 vs Blaine 3-2
Lindsey Baumgartner, Blaine 30 vs Lakeville North 2-3
Julie Droegemueller, Wayzata 27 vs Moorhead 3-2
Jessica Granquist, Blaine 27 vs Lakeville North 2-3
Amy Braun, Lakeville North 21 vs Blaine 3-2
4 games
Shay Birath, Marshall 22 vs Hibbing 3-1
Breanna Chamernick, Hibbing 21 vs Marshall 1-3

5 games
Meghan Ellis, Wayzata 22 vs Moorhead 3-2

5 games
Ashley Weatherly, Pipestone 51 vs Jordan 2-3
Amanda Dietel, Jordan 50 vs Pipestone 3-2

5 games
Ashley Lorenzen, Pipestone 20 vs Jordan 2-3

5 games
Brittany Chambers, Jordan 32 vs Pipestone 3-2
Leah Dietel, Jordan 24 vs Pipestone 3-2
4 games
Carlie Waibel, Lake of the Woods 20 vs Virginia 3-1

5 games
Hayley Hennen, Minneota 49 vs Central Christian 3-2

5 games
Brooke Minnehan, Minneota 36 vs Central Christian 3-2
Casey Fregeau, Meadow Creek 33 vs Bertha-Hewitt 3-2
Kresson Vreeman, Central Christian 25 vs Minneota 2-3
Steph Boulton, Minneota 20 vs Central Christian 3-2
Kayla Kempe, Bertha-Hewitt 20 vs Meadow Creek 2-3

5 games
Claire Kopfmann, Minneota 26 vs Central Christian 3-2
Kelsey Lindberg, Meadow Creek 25 vs Bertha-Hewitt 3-2
3 games
Kacie Fortmann, Climax-Fisher 20 vs Bethlehem Academy 0-3

Next up: the College Tournament recap from last night.