Friday, November 30, 2007

Concordia St. Paul Moves to Semis

#1 posting 11.30.2007
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D2 TOURNAMENT
Concordia St. Paul swept California PA in the Elite 8 Quarterfinals. Maria Steinhagen (Alexandria) had 16 kills for CSP.

CSP Setter Maggie McNamara was named to the Daktronics All American First Team.

CSP hitter Raina Hein has a blog on the experience.

You can follow the action the rest of the way on the free live video on the internet.

NCAA TOURNAMENT
Penn State and Wisconsin host first round games this weekend.

Ohio is featured on ESPN.com with mid majors coming on strong.

COACHING NEWS
Drake is looking for a new coach.

Indiana assistant David Jack has resigned from his position.

Kathy Gillen-Melville has resigned at Eagan High School. Eagan won four state titles in her era. At the tail end of the StarTribune report.

SIGNINGS
South Dakota State signed two players: Kelli Fiegen of Parkston, SD and Ellyce Youngren of Brookings, SD.

SEASON RECAP
Lisa Dobie has left Winona State as the all time leading assist leader. From the Winonan

ALL CONFERENCE
Cannon Falls has three all Hiawatha Valley conference players. From the CF Beacon.

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next up: tomorrow.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Braegelmann D2 Player of the Year

#1 posting 11.29.2007
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D1 TOURNMENT
The Gophers had to fight to get back to the NCAA tournament. The StarTribune looks at their resilience.
Minnesota is off to Stanford for the start of their tournament experience.

At Madison Iowa State faces San Diego, while Northern Iowa gets to play host Wisconsin.

South Dakota State faces defending champ Nebraska. This is how to watch the SDSU game if you aren't there.

Ohio is set to host Purdue.

ACADEMIC ALL AMERICAN
Danielle Meyer of Ohio State and Christa Harmotto of Penn State have been named to ESPN's Academic All-American team.

D2 PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Vicky Braegelmann of UM Duluth (& Albany HS) was named D2 Player of the Year. This is the second year where she has the title. Last year she shared the honor.

D2 TOURNAMENT
Concordia St. Paul was introduced to the press at the D2 tournament.

SIGNINGS
CSP has signed three: Ellie Duffy (Totino-Grace), Taylor Fieldsted (Lakeville North), and Natalie Thomas (Champlin Park).

REVIEWS OF THE YEAR
Wadena-Deer Creek's year is reviewed in the Wadena Pioneer Journal.

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next up: tomorrow morning

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Burke Signs

#2 posting 11.28.2007
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BURKE SIGNS
Alex Burke, a 6-0 MH from Watertown-Mayer has signed with Augustana.

Burke is the 27th player in the 2008 Minnesota class to sign and the 19th to sign with a D2 school.

Thanks for the help readers

Next up: Tomorrow

64 Countdown

#1 posting 11.28.2007
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NCAA TOURNAMENT COUNTDOWN
The Big 10 will send 6 teams off to the 64 dance.

Purdue is off to Athens, Ohio to take on the host Ohio Bobcats. Here is ticket information on that venue.

Wisconsin coach Pete Waite talked to the media on Monday. The Badgers will have free audio/video streaming of their event this weekend.

South Dakota State has tickets available for their contest with defending national champ Nebraska.

D2 TOURNAMENT
Maria Steinhagen is in the Elite 8 with Concordia St. Paul. Her hometown paper the Alexandria Echo Press has a feature on her.

HIGH SCHOOL RECAPS
West Central's season is recapped in the Alexandria Echo Press.

Ashby's Megan Gullickson was named Little 8 MVP. From the AEP

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next up: tomorrow

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Big 10 and Big 12 All Conference, D2 All Americans

#1 posting 11.27.2007
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BIG 10 ALL CONFERENCE
The Big 10 has named their all conference team.
For the Gopher Jessy Jones was named to the first team, while freshmen Brooke Dieter and Lauren Gibbemeyer were named to the Freshman squad.

For Illinois Laura DeBruhler was on the Freshman squad.

Ohio State's Danielle Meyer was a unanimous selection to the first team.

Penn State's team had plenty of award winners with Christa Harmatto the Big 10 player of the year, Russ Rose coach of the year, and freshman of the year Arielle Wilson.

Stephanie Lynch from Purdue made the All conference list.

Second place Wisconsin had three players make the All conference list.

Jackie Simpson of Wisconsin picked up the final player of the week honor in the Big 10.

BIG 12
Iowa State's Erin Boeve (Hills-Beaver Creek) was named to the Big 12 all conference squad.

Boeve also continues her blogging with an NCAA tournament edition.

NCAA TOURNAMENT
San Diego is getting ready for the tournament at Madison.

ALL AMERICANS
UM Duluth has four players on the AVCA All American team Vicky Braegelmann was named to the first team for the fourth time. Also teammate Kari Wolford was named to the first squad.
Concordia St. Paul also had four players make the list. Emily Palkert was named D2 Freshman of the year. Maggie McNamara is on the first team.

Erin Contons of SW MN State was named to the first team. From the Marshall Independent.

Ashley Nachreiner of MSU Mankato made 3rd team.

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next up: tomorrow.

Monday, November 26, 2007

NCAA Pairings

#1 posting 11.26.2007
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NCAA PAIRINGS
Minnesota is headed west where they will face Sacramento State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Stanford. In the other contest the hosts take on Santa Clara. The Gophers play Friday at 7 pm.
The StarTribune has the reactions of the players and coaches to the news.
The Minnesota Daily looks at the road split over the weekend that put the Gophers in the tournament.

Other Big 10 teams in the tournament include #1 in the polls and #3 in the tournament Penn State. They open with Siena. Also in that bracket is Albany who will play Cleveland State in the early game.

Purdue will face Ohio in Athens, OH 7:30 pm on Friday.

Michigan State travels to Dayton to take on Kentucky at 5 pm on Friday.

Wisconsin hosts first round sites with a lot of Minnesota connections there. #16 San Diego faces Iowa State and then Northern Iowa takes on the host #9 Badgers.
This is Iowa State's second straight trip.

Michigan will host the first and second rounds. They open with Miami of Ohio.

South Dakota State is making their first ever trip to the NCAA tournament as a D1 school. Their reward? Playing #1 seed Nebraska.

On the outside looking in is Creighton who finished 2nd in the Missouri Valley. Four MV teams are headed to the dance, but not the Bluejays.

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next up: tomorrow.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Badgers Sweep Gophers

#1 posting 11.25.2007
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D1 REPORTS
BIG 10
#9 Wisconsin swept the Gophers in the final regular season battle. Later today the Gophers will find out if they will get to NCAA tournament.

Illinois swept Iowa. It was Illinois coach Don Hardin's 400th career win.

Michigan took one game off #1 Penn State, but the Nittany Lions won 3-1.

Michigan State beat Indiana in four.

Purdue beat Northwestern in four. The Boilermakers tied the Gophers to finish 3rd in the Big 10.

OTHER GAMES
Northern Iowa won the Missouri Valley tournament with a 3-1 win over Illinois State. Amy Sampson (Champlin Park) had 19 kills for Northern Iowa.

Iowa State beat #21 Oklahoma 3-1. Erin Boeve (Hills-Beaver Creek) had 12 kills for ISU.

South Dakota State tumbled twice yesterday. They lost to Maine in five and host Marquette in five. Samantha Pearson (Chaska) had 19 digs against Maine, and 18 against Marquette.

Albany beat Long Island 3-1. Tawny Dahmes (Chaska) had 12 digs for Albany.

SIGNING
Courtney Steinhauser, New Ulm, has signed with MSU Mankato. From the New Ulm Journal.

MAKEOVER
Hopkins volleyball coach Vicki Seliger-Swenson will be featured tonight on the Home Makeover show on ABC.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Kate Horihan of Mabel-Canton was named Winona Daily News Player of the year. The line of middles in MC pipeline is still full with the next in line---Kenzie Lind. I don't have the rest of the Winona Daily News team.

Katie Kimman of Pierz has been named player of the year at Brainerd Dispatch. Plus the rest of the BD team.

SEASON RECAPS
Climax-Fisher has their season recapped in the Crookston Times.

TOTAL POINTS
Kimberly Todd, Marquette 32.5 vs South Dakota State 3-2
Katie Bruzdzinski, Michigan 28.5 vs Penn State 1-3
Ashlee Fisher, Marquette 28.5, vs South Dakota State 3-2
Mackenzie Anger, South Dakota State 28.5 vs Marquette 2-3
Megan Hodge, Penn State 27.5 vs Michigan 3-1
Katie Johnson, Michigan State 26 vs Indiana 3-1
Ashley Schatzle, Michigan State 24 vs Indiana 3-1
Kristina Martin, South Dakota State 23 vs Marquette 2-3
Lindsay Anderson, Northwestern 21.5 vs Purdue 1-3
Jen Malcom, Iowa State 21.5 vs Oklahoma 3-1
Amy Anderson, South Dakota State 21 vs Marquette 2-3

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next up: tomorrow

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Gophers Rally from 2-0 to Win, Diedrich Signs

#1 posting 11.24.2007
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COLLEGE REPORTS
D1
BIG 10
The Gophers were down 2-0 and rallied to beat host Illinois in a dramatic must have game for both teams. The Gophers out blocked Illinois 21-5. Brook Dieter (Bloomington Kennedy) had 18 kills for the Gophers. Now it is off to Madison for the Gophers to face the Badgers.

Northwestern swept Indiana.

Michigan beat Ohio State in four.

Michigan State upset Purdue in a sweep.

Wisconsin beat Iowa in a sweep.

OTHER D1 ACTION
Creighton beat Southern Illinois 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley conference tournament. Allie Oelke (Chaska) had 19 kills for Creighton in the quarters.
Northern Iowa beat Creighton in the semis 3-1. Amy Sampson (Champlin Park) had 12 kills for Northern Iowa. Oelke had 11 kills in the semis for the Blue jays.

Albany beat Virginia Commonwealth 3-1. Tawny Dahmes (Chaska) had 14 digs and one ace for Albany.

D3
ALL AMERICAN
Bethel's Liz Glesne (Underwood) has been named to the All American Second team. From the Fergus Falls Daily Journal.

SIGNING
Devin Diedrich, Braham, has signed with SW MN State. She is a 6-0 MH. Diedrich is the 27th overall player in the 2008 Minnesota class to sign, and the 19th to sign with a D2 school.

HS SEASON RECAPS
Nevis was 23-3-2 this season and their year is examined in the Park Rapids Enterprise.

NUMBER CRUNCHING
TOTAL POINTS
Laura DeBruhler, Illinois 25.5 vs Minnesota 2-3
Brook Dieter, Minnesota 24 vs Illinois 3-2
Shannon Ashcoff, Northern Iowa 21 vs Creighton 3-1
Kylie McCulley, Illinois 21 vs Minnesota 2-3
Allie Oelke, Creighton 20 vs Southern Illinois 3-1

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next up: tomorrow.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Oelke Freshman of the Year, More Awards

#1 posting 11.23.2007
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OELKE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Creighton's Allie Oelke (Chaska) was named freshman of the year in the Missouri Valley Conference.

AWARDS
Ashby and West Central passed out team awards recently. Both from the Fergus Falls Daily Journal.

WASECA ALL AREA
There is no link, but here is the Waseca County News All Area team
Krista Conlon, a senior setter from JWP, was the player of the year.
Nicole Kuhns of NRHEG was the coach of the year.
FIRST TEAM
Krista Conlon, JWP, Senior, S
Brianna Nelson, Waseca, Senior, MH
Megan Houlihan, WEM, Junior, OH
Brittany Schreader, JWP, Senior, OH
Callin Timm, NRHEG, Senior, OH
Jes Rients, WEM, Senior, S
SECOND TEAM
Allyson Ruedy, Waseca, Junior, OH
Katrina Schuch, JWP, Senior, OH
Taylor Wacholz, NRHEG, Senior, L
Paige Schlaak, NRHEG, Senior, OH
Megan Bakken, WEM, Junior, MH
Alyssa Hagen, NRHEG, Soph, MH

TODAY'S TOURNAMENT
Marquette is hosting the "Battle for the Bird" tournament. Maine and South Dakota State are both at the event.

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next up: tomorrow.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

A State Tournament Photos

#4 posting 11.22.2007
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CLASS A STATE TOURANMENT PHOTOS

State A Champion Faribault Bethlehem Academy had three players that made the All Tournament team: #1 (#4) Kari Anne Nass reacting to a save ; #2 (#20) Liz Schlobohm attacking from the right side against Windom in the championship. #3: Holly Hafemeyer (#10) goes up in the middle for an attack against Windom.

Second place Windom also had three players make the list. #1 (#9) Megan Ysker goes up for a block against Wheaton in the quarters. #2. (#7) Malori Paplow takes a swing from the left side. #3 (#10) Casey Christensen reaches for an attack against Wheaton.


#1 (#2) Malea Noennig is ready to move for Mayer Lutheran. #2 (#7) Heidi Lensing of Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa elevates against Mayer Lutheran in the quarters. #3 (#5) Whitney Boom reaches for the ball on the left side against Windom in the quarters.

Next up: tomorrow morning.

AA State Tournament Photos

#3 posting 11.22.2007
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AA STATE TOURNAMENT PHOTOS


AA State Champion Marshall had three players make the all tournament team. #1. Rachel Westby (#6) attacking from the left side; #2 Kayla Wallerich (#5) attacking from the right; and #3: Anna Full (#12) attacking from the middle.

2nd place finisher St. Cloud Cathedral had two players make the list #1 (#1) Alex Lenzen in the after effects of a dig. #2 (#7) Anna Zyvoloski elevates for an attack in the championship.


3rd place finisher DGF also had two members. #1 (#1) Jennifer Lopez, who also was named Miss Volleyball, attacking against Jordan in the quarters. #2 (#2) Jenna Green attacking in the semis against St. Cloud Cathedral.



5th place finisher Jordan also had 2 players make the list. #1 (#1) Brittany Chambers, and #6 Leah Dietel (#6) going up for a block.

Stewartville had Julie Rainey make the squad (#4) here attacking against Marshall in the semis.
Next up: Class A

AAA State Tournament Photos

#2 posting 11.22.2007
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AAA STATE TOURNAMENT PHOTOS

Here are some of the many photos I took during the state tournament two weeks ago. Sorry they weren't up sooner, but the candle was being burned at both ends.

I sat in the baseline seats. On Thursday I was able to sit in row two. The MSHSL blocked those seats on Friday and Saturday, so those photos are taken from row 15.

I am putting up the players that were named all tournament.

First three photos showcase State Champ Shakopee players: #1 Maggie Geske here hitting on th right side; #2 Ashley Wittman on the left and #3 setter Jessica Menden.
Lakeville North had three players make All tournament too. #1. Amy Braun is behind the net against Shakopee in the semis. #2. Kelsey Brandl patrols the middle; #3 Taylor Fieldstad is the libero and here makes a one armed save against Owatonna.
The next two players are from runner up Andover. photo #1 is Lauren Cipperly; photo #2 (and jersey #1) is Megan Carlson going down the line against Blaine in the quarters.
The final two players are in photo #1 Alli Rice of Owatonna going against Brandl and Lakeville North and #2 Jessica Granquist of Blaine going up against Andover.
Thanks for the patience in waiting for these photos.
Next up: the AA photos.

Zyvoloski Player of the Year in St. Cloud

#1 posting 11.22.2007
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HIGH SCHOOL
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Anna Zyvoloski of St. Cloud Cathedral is the St. Cloud Times Player of the Year. Plus the rest of the SCT first, second teams and honorable mentions.

MORE AWARDS
St. James has listed their award winners. From the St. James Plain Dealer.

ALL CONFERENCE
NORTHERN LIGHTS
Alycia Dahl, Northern Freeze
Sasha Magner, Northern Freeze
Mackinzie Magner, Northern Freeze
Dana Blomquist, Kittson County Central
Whitney Langen, Kittson County Central
Haylie Holmgren, Kittson County Central
Elizabeth Schenkey, Badger-Greenbush-Middle River
Anna Wicklund, Badger-Greenbush-Middle River
Hannah Berg, Badger-Greenbush-Middle River
Jessica Aakre, Warren-Alvarado-Oslo
Honorable mention
Kayla Halvorson, Northern Freeze
Jessica Dvergsten, Badger-Greenbush-Middle River
Brooke Sauskojus, Stephen-Argyle

COLLEGE
BIG 10
Penn State continued to march through the Big 10 conference unscathed with a sweep over Ohio State. Megan Hodge had 15 kills for PSU.

OTHER GAMES
Iowa State went five games with #3 Texas, but it was the Longhorns coming out with the victory. Erin Boeve (Hills-Beaver Creek) had 16 kills for ISU. Here is Boeve's Blog for week 15.

SIGNINGS
Here is the Marquette press release on their four new signees including Tiara Russell of Osseo. One correction---Osseo is no where near Brainerd.

NCAA TOURNAMENT
The Gophers are still in the hunt for a spot in the NCAA tournament. It would be their 9th straight trip. From the Star Tribune.
My guess is they will need to take at least one of the matches--probably against Illinois---to move on. Two losses and it becomes dicey.

ALL REGION
Ashley Nachreiner of MSU Mankato was named to the AVCA All Region team.

ALL CONFERENCE
Allie Oelke (Chaska) of Creighton was named to the Missouri Valley All Freshman team.

Laurel Abrahamson (Bloomington Jefferson) of San Diego was named to the first team West Coast Conference team.

OLYMPICS
Cassie Busse is set for the 2008 Olympics. From the Prior Lake American.

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next up: later tonight with photos from the state tournament....finally

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Signings, D2 All Region

#1 posting 11.20.2007
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SIGNINGS
Bemidji State has signed five players for next season:
Courtney Bitter of Bemidji, setter (BSU coach Laurie Bitter's daughter)
Kimberly Hacker of Hutchinson, MH
Laura Slinger of Bethlehem Academy, OH
Melissa McNeely of Lakeville South, OH
Erikka Korpi of Maple Grove, MH

UM Duluth has signed three players for next season:
Stephanie Brown of Rosemount, MH
Allison Fanta of Hillsboro,WI, OH
Hannah Johnson of Greenway, OH

Megan Bezdicek of Jackson County Central has signed with Augustana and the Worthington Daily Globe has it covered.

With the previously announced verbals/signings listed the Minnesota 2008 class now has 26 that are off to college to play volleyball. 18 are headed to D2 schools.

POST SEASON AWARDS
D2
Concordia St. Paul had four players make the AVCA All Region team: Maggie McNamara, Mary Slinger, Maria Steinhagen and Emily Palkert. Whitney Meierotto was honorable mention. CSP is now headed to Washburn University in Topeka, KS for the D2 Elite 8 national championship next weekend. From the StarTribune.
UMD also had four players make the list: Vicky Braegelmann, Katie Gangelhoff, Kari Wolford and Sarah Wyffels. Danielle Beckstrand was honorable mention.
Here are the other D2 AVCA All Region Teams.

HIGH SCHOOL
Heather and Chelsea Brown were MVPs for Indus. From the International Falls Daily Journal.

Rogers passed out their awards and Erica Sudduth was named to the Mississippi 8 All Conference team for the second time.

ALL STAR RECAP
Crookston had two players (Brea Aamoth and Allison Schumacher) participate in the North Central All Star Series last weekend. Here is their experience. From the Crookston Times.

EXTREME MAKEOVER
Hopkins girls volleyball coach Vicky Seliger-Swenson and her family is the focus of Extreme Makeover on Sunday, November 25. From the Morris Sun Tribune.

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Next up: tomorrow unless news breaks.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Tan's Second Player of the Week; Boyum Player of the Year

#1 posting 11.20.2007
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PLAYER OF THE WEEK
The Gophers' Christine Tan has been named defensive player of the week in the Big 10 for the second time this season. Alissa Glass of Penn State was named offensive player of the week.

ALL NORTH CENTRAL
UM Duluth has three players on the Daktronics, Inc. All-North Central Region Volleyball Team: Vicky Braegelmann, Kari Wolford, and Katie Gangelhoff. Augustana's Cayla Schroeder (Kasson-Mantorville) is on the squad and you can see the rest of the North Central team on the Augustana site.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Kristin Boyum of Kenyon-Wanamingo is the Red Wing Republican Eagle's player of the year. Plus the rest of the RWRE first and second teams and honorable mention.

ALL STAR GAME
The North Central All Star game had three players play from the Alexandria Echo Press coverage area.

MONDAY GAMES
#9 Wisconsin swept Ohio State in a Big 10 Monday game.

Siena beat Fairfield in the championship of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Karlie Urbaniak (Mabel-Canton) had a career best 19 kills. Lauren Wagner (Cretin-Derham Hall) had six kills.

By the way I added the photos to the South Central All Star game last night.

I hope to get photos up for the State tournament. My camera is bursting with photos. Some of those photos will go up, I hope, on Thanksgiving.

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next up: when news breaks, or tomorrow, which ever comes first.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Kruggel & Coaches

#2 posting 11.19.2007
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KRUGGEL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
The New Ulm Journal has named Steph Kruggel of GFW as their Player of the year. Plus the rest of the NUJ All Area team.

COACHES OF THE YEAR
Here are the section coaches of the year
AAA
1. Rod Nagagaki Owatonna
2 Jim Lee Waconia
3. Ryan Dehnel Burnsville
3. Milan Mader Lakeville North
4. Tim Walen Hill-Murray
5. Celeste Gorman Blaine
6. Vicki Seliger Swenson Hopkins
7. Connie Huberty Andover
8. Becky Anderson Alexandria

AA
1. John Dzubay Stewartville
2. Jodi Ovrebo Montgomery-Lonsdale
3. Kirsten Tjosaas Yellow Medicine East
4. Sarah Leach Visitation
5. Lisa Gustafson Mora
6. Jim Klaphake Sauk Centre
7. Gail Nucech Hibbing
8. Jean Lopez DGF

A
1. Lisa Swenson LeRoy-Ostrander
2. Chris Wortz GFW
3. Ron Wendorff Windom
4. Rolly Rudzitis Meadow Creek Christian
5. Kevin Weller Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa
6. Ruth Hayden Ada-Borup
7. Jack Burt Hill City
8. Lynette Kaster Win-E-Mac

And the Assistant Coaches
4AAA Josh Mattison North St. Paul
5AAA Hollie Jeska Rogers
7AAA Lisa Kelly Andover
only three on the list I have.
2AA Jason Geisel Jordan
3AA Jon Hegerle Marshall
6AA Amy Voigt Maple Lake
7AA Joyce Wirtanen Hibbing
Only four on the list I have.
1A Lisa Nelson Kenyon Wanamingo
3A Gene Lovell Windom
4A Therese Bertsch Meadow Creek Christian
5A Kristy Finck Bertha-Hewitt
6A Nicole Gullingsrud Ada-Borup
7A Susie Feiro Babbitt-Embarrass
8A Tina Turn Kittson County Central
No one listed in section 2A.

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next up: tomorrow.

National Champs, #300

#1 posting 11.19.2007
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NATIONAL CHAMPS
Central Lakes beat Ridgewater in the NJCAA National championship on Saturday. The two papers involved don't publish on Sunday, so here are the Brainerd Dispatch and the West Central Tribune with their reports.
Lisa Kurtz of Central Lakes was named MVP.

CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS
Fairfield is in the finals of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. They beat Loyola College 3-1 on Sunday. Karlie Urbaniak (Mabel-Canton) had 14 kills for Fairfield. Lauren Wagner of Cretin-Derham Hall had 6 digs in the win.

#300
Minnesota coach Mike Hiebert picked up win his 300th win at Minnesota on Saturday. He also had 323 wins at Illinois in 12 years there.
The Minnesota Daily looks at the improved left side attack and better passing in the back row in the improved Gopher play.

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next up: later today with coach awards

Sunday, November 18, 2007

South Central All Star Game #2

#3 posting 11.18.2007
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SOUTH CENTRAL ALL STAR GAME #2
TEAM 5 2, TEAM 6 1
(25-18, 25-22, 15-9)

In the second game today an oddity---Team 5 won the game, but only earned .474 of their points. Team 6 gave away 31 points. That is why they lost. Again communications, timings, familiarity prevented team six from delivering. Sometimes it is sharing the wealth. With all stars a team won't set player A, even if they are the best player, 80% of the time like a high school team will do to win the contest. Here everyone has about equal swings.

Runs and lack of fbso were evident in the first two games here. Team 6 opened with a three point run, only to see team 5 storm right back with four straight. The game see sawed back and forth with team 5 finally breaking free with six straight points after trailing 14-13 to take a 19-14 lead. Five of those points were on errors. Team 5 finished with an ace from Morgan Wynveen to win 25-18.

Team 5 carried that momentum into game two with a run of three to start and 6-1 advantage. Again four points were via errors. Team 5 never trailed in game two. Team 6 did battle back and closed to a two point deficit six times, but could never get over the hump. Libby Augedahl finished game two with a kill.

Just as in the first match the team that dropped the first two games started to get the rhythm of the game and had a fbso of .750 in game three. Team 6 also never allowed a run of three in game three.

There was one more contest, but I didn't stay. I didn't double up on any team, so teams 1 & 2 didn't get the coverage today.

Photos: #1 Bridgette Kelly of Northfield goes up to block Morgan Wynveen of Mahtomedi. #2 Jessica Granquist eleveates for an attack. #3. Liz Hanson of Triton goes up for a jump serve. Julie Blume waits on the other side. photos by kja.

TEAM 5
1. Katie McDonald, Northfield, S, 1-0-0----1
2, Maggie Dauer, New Ulm, 0-0-0----0
2 Libby Augedahl, Caledonia, OH 1-1-4----6
3. Morgan Wynveen, Mahtomedi, MH 1-0-3----4
4. Julie Blume, Wheaton, S 0-0.5-0---0.5
5. Elly Braaten, Hastings, OH 1-0.5-8---9.5
5 Johanna Harmon, Concordia Roseville 0-0-3----3
6. Danika Stindtman, Blue Earth, MH 1-1-2----4
totals: 5-3-20----28 points, 31 points on Team 6 errors

TEAM 6
1. Elizabeth Benson, Cannon Falls, S 1-0-0----1
2. Megan Ericson, Concordia Roseville, L 0-0-0---0
2 Bridgette Kelly, Northfield, MH 1-0-6---7
3. Jenny Kimm, Maple River, OH, 2-0-3---5
4. Liz Hanson, Triton, S 4-0-0----4
4 Sarah Osberg, Hastings, RH 0-1-3---4
5. Kylie Dykes, Plainview-Elgin-Millville, MH 1-0-4----5
5 Alison Mason, Sleepy Eye, MH 0-0-2---2
6. Jessica Granquist, Blaine, OH 1-2-2---5
totals: 10-3-20---33 points, 22 points on Team 5 errors

TRENCH PLAYER
Elly Braaten

NUMBER CRUNCHING
Team 5 13/30; .433; 59; .474; .400
Team 6 15/30; .500; 55; .600; .526
3+ runs: Team 5 10, Team 6 7
missed serves: Team 6 10, Team 5 6

Next up: tomorrow morning

South Central All Star Game #1

#2 posting 11.18.2007
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SOUTH CENTRAL ALL STAR GAME
TEAM 3 2, TEAM 4 1
(28-25, 25-22, 7-15)

This was the first game I watched in the South Central All Star Game at St. Olaf in Northfield, MN. This is the first time an all star game is taking place in the southern part of the state. This is the off shoot of the North Central All Star game run by Dan Ninham. There were six teams of 8 with most teams running a 6-2 offense to make use of the setters.

As with most all star type events, there was timing and communication issues. Also the lack of familiarity is an issue.

Team 4 started off with Molly Kreklow serving up five straight points, four of which were aces. Team 3 tied it at 10 with three errors by Team 4. Team 3 took the lead for good on Jessica Menden's serve with an ace and kills by Erin Leiding and Sam Pitzl. I had the score 25-21, but for some reason they kept playing. Obviously a scoring table snafu. Kreklow had 7 total points in game one.

In game two again Team 4 led at the start with an 8-4 lead. Team 3 started their comeback with a run of three on Chelsey Jensen's serve after a missed serve by team 4. Team 3 led 17-13 when team 4 took a time out. Team 4 mounted their own rally with a four point run with an ace by Kreklow to tie it at 20. Team 3 closed out with a 5-2 run. The fbso game was working by team 3. They had six straight in the heart of the game.

For some reason they play a game three up to 15. Probably to give more court time for the players. Team 4 had a six point run, with five points coming on Katy Braaten's serve. Team 3 never could get anything generated on offense as team 4 slammed the door with a 5 of 6 fbso action. Team 4 had another run for four later to make it 13-5.

photos: #1 Claire Goodrich of Rochester Lourdes makes a save attempt; #2 Molly Kreklow of Blaine goes up for one of her game leading 11 kills; #3 setter Jessica Menden of Shakopee shows her hitting form in game two. photos by kja

TEAM 3
1 Jessica Menden, Shakopee S 1-1-5----7
2 Erin Leiding, LCWM, MH 3-0-4---7
2 Elisabeth Wieneke, New Ulm 2-0-4---6
3 Sam Pitzl, Burnsville, OH 0-0-9----9
4 Kayla Smith, Plainview-Elgin-Millville, S 1-0-4---5
5 Chelsey Jensen, Sleepy Eye, MH 0-0-0---0
6 Jolene Brody, Austin, OH 0-0-1---1
Totals: 7-1-27----35 points, 25 points on Team 4 errors

TEAM 4
1. Molly Kreklow, Blaine, S 5-0-11---16
2. Alyssa Schmidt, Red Rock Central, OH 0-0-0----0
3. Brittany Hanson, Eastview, MH 0-3-8----11
4. Natalie Thomas, Champlin Park, S 0-0-3---3
5. Ali Vandercook, Henry Sibley, OH 0-0-4----4
5. Katy Braaten, Hastings 2-0-4---6
6. Claire Goodrich, Rochester Lourdes, MH 0-0-1----1
Totals: 7-3-31----41 points, 20 on Team 3 errors

TRENCH PLAYER
It has to be Jessica Menden

BY THE NUMBERS
Team 3 22/35; .629; 60; .583; .328
Team 4 18/36; .500; 61; .672; .417
3+ Runs: Team 4 7, Team 3 5
missed serves: Team 4 10; Team 3 4

Next up: game #2 from the all star series

Concordia St. Paul, Central Lakes Claim Titles

#1 posting 11.18.2007
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D2 REGIONAL TITLE
Concordia St. Paul had their revenge with a four game win over UM Duluth. The Golden Bears now move on to the Elite 8 National D2 tournament. UMD proved to be human after game one according to the Duluth News Tribune. Mary Slinger (Bethlehem Academy) had 23 digs for CSP. Kari Wolford had 25 digs for UMD.

D3 NATIONAL TOURNAMENT
Washington, MO beat UW Whitewater in five for the national championship with a 15-13 final game. Whitewater led 2-1.

JUCO CHAMPIONSHIPS
Central Lakes won the D3 JUCO championships in Rochester this weekend. They defeated another Minnesota team, Ridgewater for the title in a tight four game contest. From the West Central Tribune.
The Rochester Post Bulletin has more on the pool contests from Friday.

SIGNING
Chelsea Nagle, Fillmore Central has signed with St. Cloud State. The 5-9 OH is 21st overall player in the 2008 Minnesota class to verbal and the 13th to verbal a D2 school.

BIG 10 RESULTS
Michigan beat Indiana in a sweep.

Michigan State broomed Iowa.

Penn State went three and out with Illinois.

TOTAL POINTS
Katie Bruzdzinski, Michigan 20 vs Indiana 3-0

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Out & About: Minnesota/Northwestern

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MINNESOTA gophers 3, NORTHWESTERN wildcats 0
(30-25, 30-25, 30-27)

Minnesota had a measure of revenge with a sweep of Northwestern.

NW led early 9-5 before MN went on a 12-5 run to go up 17-14. Brooke Dieter had four straight points in the run on points 9-12 with three kills and a block. Dieter closed out the run with four straight service points. A NW time out stopped the run. NW forced a tie at 20 all on a run of three. MN answered with the next three points. NW again tied the game at 25. A missed serve by Anderson gave the ball back to MN and Dieter never gave it back. She had two aces in the last four points. The odd thing about game one---MN only had a fbso% of .400. The difference was they didn't permit runs to get out of hand. MN won the runs of 3 in game one 5-2.

The Gophers took the early lead 15-7 in game two. NW was forced to take two time outs on Rachel Hartmann's serve. Jessy Jones had three points in the five point run. The second time out by NW stopped the bleeding momentarily. MN's largest lead came at 20-9. After that the Gophers stalled out and NW finished with a 16-10 run.

After the break, NW took the early lead 8-4 after Minnesota gave away six points on errors. MN took their first lead at 11-10. Kyla Roehrig had three straight points, two on blocks to take the lead. NW held their last lead at 24-23. Three straight Dieter kills forced NW to take a time out. Roehrig finished off the Wildcats with three points.

Minnesota wasn't as sharp in this game as last night. The

Now the Gophers will need to take at least one of two next week on the road at Wisconsin and Illinois. The Illini took a match at home back in October.

This game marked the end of seniors Jessy Jones and Kelly Roysland's home career.

MINNESOTA
rotation, player, position, aces-blocks-kills--totals
1. Hailey Cowles, DS 1-0-0----1
1fr Kyla Roehrig, OH 0-2/3-14---17.5
2. Christine Tan, L 0-0-0----0
2fr Jessy Jones, MH 0-0/8-8---12
3. Kelly Roysland, DS 1-0-0---1
3fr Kelly Schmidt, RH 0-0/7-3---6.5
4 Brooke Dieter, OH 2-3-18----23
5 Lauren Gibbemeyer, MH 0-2/3-5---8.5
6 Rachel Hartmann, S 0-0/3-3---4.5
totals 4-7/24-51---74

NORTHWESTERN
1. Elyse Glab, S, 1-0/3-0---2.5
2. Courtnie Paulus, OH 1-0/1-2---3.5
2fr Sabel Moffett, OH 0-0-1---1
2fr Brittani Gray, OH 0-0-5---5
3 Kate Nobilio, L 0-0-0---0
3fr Brittany Aldridge, MH 0-1/4-8---11
4 Naomi Johnson, RH 0-1/3-7---9.5
4br Ariel Baxterbeck, DS 0-0-0---0
4br Emma Bollert, DS 0-0-0---0
5 Lindsay Anderson, OH 1-0/1-11--12.5
6 Chelsy Hyser, MH 0-0/3-6---7.5
totals: 3-2/15-40---52.5

TRENCH PLAYER
Brooke Dieter

BY THE NUMBERS
Teams, fbso/att; fbso%; points, %earned; %allowed
Minnesota 29/50; .580; 90; .822; .312
Northwestern 28/49; .571; 77; .688; .178
3+runs: Minnesota 11, Northwestern 6
missed serves; NW 5, MN 6
Ace:Error ratio: MN .667; NW .600;
Time out: NW 4/6; MN 1/1

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SDSU; UMD vs CSP; Whitewater in Finals

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COLLEGE REPORTS
D1
BIG 10
Northwestern beat Iowa in four.

Ohio State upended Illinois in four.

Purdue squeaked by Michigan in four.

#1 Penn State solidified their hold on the top spot with another four game win over #9 Wisconsin.

Others
South Dakota State advanced to the finals in the Summit Tournament with a sweep over Western Illinois. Amy Anderson (Huron, SD) had a triple double for SDSU with 11 kills, 10 digs and 10 blocks (1 solo).

IPFW stopped North Dakota State in four. Christy Stuewe (Mayer Lutheran) had a triple double with 19 kills, 20 digs and 10 blocks (2 solo) for NDSU. She also finished her career right at 1000 kills.

D2
NORTH CENTRAL REGIONAL
Concordia St. Paul beat SW MN State in a sweep. Emily Palkert (SW Christian Chaska) had 17 kills for CSP.

UM Duluth swept UN Omaha. Vicky Braegelmann (Albany) had 19 kills for UMD.

D3 NATIONAL TOURNAMENT
Semis
UW Whitewater moved to the finals with a sweep of defending national D3 champ Juanita.

TOTAL POINTS
D1
Danielle Meyer, Ohio State 29 vs Illinois 3-1
Chelsy Hyser, Northwestern 28.5 vs Iowa 3-1
Nicole Fawcett, Penn State 28 vs Wisconsin 3-1
Christy Stuewe, North Dakota State 25 vs IPFW 1-3
Vicki Brown, Illinois 24.5 vs Ohio State 1-3
Katie Bruzdzinski, Michigan 24.5 vs Purdue 1-3
Brittney Dolgner, Wisconsin 21.5 vs Penn State 1-3
Laura DeBruhler, Illinois 21 vs Ohio State 1-3
D2
Emily Palkert, Concordia St. Paul 21 vs SW MN State 3-0

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Full Player of the Year

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PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Anna Full of Marshall is the Marshall Independent Player of the Year. The rest of the Independent's All Area team is found here.

ALL STAR GAMES
There will be two all star games on Sunday. The North half is in Bemidji. The South half is in Northfield at St. Olaf. From the Bemidji Pioneer and the Northfield News.

ALL CONFERENCE
Park Rapids had one player make the Mid State All Conference team with two more make the honorable mention. From the Park Rapids Enterprise.

The Worthington Daily Globe lists the Southwest All Conference teams.

#13
Shakopee is the 13th best team in the country according to prepvolleyball.com. The Shakopee Valley News has more.

RECAPS
Park Rapids has their season reviewed in the Park Rapids Enterprise.

Morris has their season reviewed in the Morris Sun Tribune.

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Out & About: Minnesota/Michigan State

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MINNESOTA gophers 3, MICHIGAN STATE spartans 1
(30-23, 24-30, 30-21, 30-18)

The Minnesota Gophers had one bump in the road in the four game win over Michigan State. That bump happened in game two when they fell behind 14-1. Other than that one bad stretch the Gophers had a strong performance, limited their errors to 17 on the night and had a first ball side out percentage of .667 in the victory over Michigan State.

First off it was near impossible to move on campus tonight. There were major events going on all over---Men's Hockey, Women's Basketball and state high school swimming tournament. Traffic didn't budge, parking was scarce. What usually takes 23 minutes to go from my home to the parking lot took a good 55 minutes. Luckily it was parent night and I wasn't late for the actual game.

The Gophers have reverted back to putting Brook Dieter on the left side. That probably happened last week when Dieter picked up her third player of the week honor in the Big 10. She does have a groove there and again had a strong kill game with 18.

Minnesota broke free in game one with a 8-2 run to lead 20-13. The Gophers had a six straight fbso string early in the contest. They only gave up one run late in the game.

Game two saw the Gophers fall flat at the start 14-1. Since the Spartans went into break with a 30-24 win Minnesota outscored MSU 23-16 the rest of the way. In fact the only two runs MSU had in game two was right at the beginning.

Minnesota adjusted their line up in game three. Katie Vatterodt started in games one and two. Kelly Schmidt started in game three and four. The Gophers also adjusted their serve rotations with Hartmann leading off in games one and two. Christine Tan led off in game three, and Kelly Roysland led off in game four. Minnesota led right from the start as they came off break with renewed vigor and urgency. They jumped off to a 10-1 lead. MN maintained that up to 25-20 when they took a time out to stop a MSU run. Dieter came back with a kill after the time out and the Gophers finished with a 4-1 run.

In game four MSU never had a run of 3 or more. On top of that Minnesota's fbso was 12/15 or .800 %. That is solid. If they can maintain that door slamming fbso %, and can remain consistent, then they may surprise a few folks. They have the size at the net. The ball control and defense looked better tonight.

MINNESOTA
Rotation; player, position, aces-blocks-kills-total
1. Rachel Hartmann, S 0-0/4-3---5
2. Hailey Cowles, DS 1-0-0----1
2fr Kyla Roehrig, OH 0-0/1-18---18.5
3 Christine Tan, L 0-0-0---0
3fr Jessy Jones, MH 0-2/3-6---9.5
4 Kelly Roysland, DS 0-0-0----0
4fr Katie Vatterodt, RH g1&2 0-0/2-2---3
4fr Kelly Schmidt, RH g3&4 0-0-3---3
5 Brooke Dieter, OH 0-3-18---21
6 Lauren Gibbemeyer, MH 2-1/4-13----18
Totals: 3-6/14-63---79

MICHIGAN STATE
1. Ashley Schatzle, OH 1-0/1-16---17.5
1br Allyson Karaba, server 0-0-0---0
2. Jessica Hohl, MH 1-0/2-6---8
3. Heather McDaniel, DS 0-0-0----0
3fr Jenilee Rathje, RS 0-0/4-13---15
4. Katie Johnson, OH 0-0/6-13----16
5. Mike Trogdon, L 0-0-0----0
5fr Vanessa King, MH 0-0/9-7----11.5
6. Lauren O'Reilly, S 1-0/2-5---7
totals: 3-0/24-60----75

TRENCH PLAYER
Brook Dieter

BY THE NUMBERS
team, fbso/att; fbso%; points, %earned, %allowed
Minnesota 40/60; .667; 114; .693; .185
Michigan State 29/62; .468; 92; .815; .307
3+runs: MN 10, MSU 5
missed serves: MN 5, MSU 7
Ace to Error: MN 0.60; MSU 0.43
Time out %: MN 1/3; MSU 4/6

ROTATIONS
MINNESOTA
1. Hartmann 12-19 .387
2. Cowles 18-19 .486
3. Tan 18-12 .600
4. Roysland 20-15 .571
5. Dieter 28-14 .667
6. Gibbemeyer 18-13 .581
totals: 114-92 .553
Hartman led off in game 1 (on defense) and 2; Tan led off (on defense) in 3; Roysland served first in four.

MICHIGAN STATE
1. Schaetzle 14-16 .467
2. Hohl 22-28 .440
3. McDaniel 20-25 .444
4. Johnson 13-19 .406
5. Trogdon 12-15 .444
6. O'Reilly 11-11 .500
totals: 92-114 .447

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Tournaments D2 & NJCAA, All Summit

#2 posting 11.16.2007
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D2 REGIONAL
There was only one upset in the quarterfinal round yesterday in Duluth.
SW MN State beat MSU Mankato in a fiver. Mankato trailed 2-0 before their comeback. SW put pressure on in game five. From the Marshall Independent. Leah Ashburn (Buffalo Lake-Hector) had 22 kills for SW MN State. Amanda Beekman (Marshall) also had 22 kills for MSU Mankato.

The Northern Sun regular season champ beat the tournament champ yesterday. Concordia St. Paul beat Wayne State in four. Emily Palkert (SW Christian Chaska) had 16 kills for CSP.

Host UM Duluth beat South Dakota in a sweep. The Duluth News Tribune has more on the Bulldog win. UMD has a 33 game home winning streak. Sara Wyffels (Marshall) had 16 kills for UMD.

UN Omaha upset Augustana in four. Cayla Schroeder (Kasson-Mantorville) had 25 kills for Augustana.

The tournament will be a boost to the Duluth economy according to KBJR television.

COMMUNITY COLLEGE
The NJCAA D3 National tournament is in Rochester this weekend. Central Lakes is headed to the event for the sixth time in seven years. From the Brainerd Dispatch.
Ridgewater is the defending national champ and has been #1 all year. From the West Central Tribune.

ALL SUMMIT
North Dakota State had five players on the all Summit League team:
Christy Stuewe (Mayer Lutheran) was named player of the year
Kari Fagnan (Fridley) took defensive player of the year.
Mattie Johnson (Lakeville North) was named setter of the year.
Brooke VandenBergh (DePere, WI) was Freshman of the year.
Nicole Sheridan (Muskego, WI) also made the Freshman squad.
The only award to escape NDSU was coach of the year. That went to South Dakota State's Andrew Palileo. SDSU's Samantha Pearson (Chaska) made the All Conference team too.

The Summit Tournament starts today in Fort Wayne, Indiana. NDSU plays IPFW. SDSU, the #1 seed, plays Western Illinois. From the Fargo Forum.

MUST WIN GAMES
The Gophers have two must win games at home this weekend according to the MN Daily.

MORE SIGNINGS
North Dakota State signed three players: Miss MN Volleyball Jennifer Lopez of DGF, Chrissy Knuth of Champlin Park and Jocelyn VerVelde of Sheboygan Christian, WI.

St. Cloud State signed Katie Kimman of Pierz.

TOTAL POINTS
Cayla Schroeder, Augustana 28 vs UN Omaha 1-3
Amanda Beekman, MSU Mankato 25.5 vs SW MN State 2-3
Leah Ashburn, SW MN State 24 vs MSU Mankato 3-2
Erin Contons, SW MN State 21 vs MSU Mankato 3-2

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Gopher Signings

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SIGNINGS
Minnesota inked two volleyball players: Alex Blatt a 5-11 setter from Sandburg HS in Orland Park, IL and Ariana Filho, a 6-2 MB from Lewis-Palmer HS, Colorado.

UM Crookston signed Kate Holmquist of Middleton, Wisconsin. Holmquist is a setter. From the Crookston Times.

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

All State Lists

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ALL STATE LISTS
Here are the Coaches Associaton All State teams
MNVCBA 2007 CLASS "AAA" ALL-STATE
FIRST NAME, LAST NAME, SCHOOL, SECTION, POSITION, GRADE
Jessica Menden Shakopee 2AAA Setter 12
Ashley Wittman Shakopee 2AAA OH 10
Brittany Wenzel Chaska 2AAA Setter 12
Kelsey Brandl Lakeville North 3AAA MH 12
Amy Braun Lakeville North 3AAA OH 11
Laurel Sanford Eagan 3AAA MH 12
Tori Dixon Burnsville 3AAA MH 10
Taylor Fieldsted Lakeville North 3AAA Libero 12
Jessica Granquist Blaine 5AAA OH 12
Ellie Duffy Totino-Grace 5AAA OH 12
Megan Carlson Andover 7AAA OH 12
Brynn Joki Grand Rapids 7AAA OH/MH/S 11
Courtney Bitter Bemidji 8AAA setter 12
Honorable Mention
Maggie Geske Shakopee 2AAA OH 12
Jessi Peterson Eden Prairie 2AAA OH 12
Kelsey Sparks Eagan 3AAA MH 12
Tia Gaffen Wayzata 6AAA MH 11
Katherine Harms St. Micheal-Abertville 8AAA RS 11
Catherine Yager St. Micheal-Abertville 8AAA Setter 11

2007 CLASS "AA" ALL-STATE
Brittany Chambers Jordan 2AA OH 11
Amanda Dietel Jordan High School 2AA Setter 12
Chelsea Fogarty Belle Plaine 2AA OH 11
Nicole Buysse Pipestone Area 3AA OH 12
Shay Birath Marshall 3AA Libero 11
Faith Tinklenberg Pipestone Area 3AA OH 12
Anna Zyvoloski St. Cloud Cathedral 6AA OH 11
Katie Kimman Pierz 6AA OH 12
Megan Lamberton Litchfield 6AA MH 11
Hannah Johnson Greenway 7AA OH 12
Jennifer Lopez Dilworth-Glydon-Felton 8AA MH/S 12
Jenna Green Dilworth-Glydon-Felton 8AA MH 12
Honorable Mention
Leah Dietel Jordan 2AA MH 11
Megan Bezdicek Jackson County Central 3AA OH 12
Meredith Patt Visitation 4AA Setter 12
Chelsea Koth Hibbing 7AA MH 12
Caitlin Stackpool Virginia 7AA Setter 12
Brigetta Berg Wadena-Deer Creek 8AA OH 11

2007 CLASS "A" ALL-STATE
Kate Horihan Mabel-Canton 1A MH 11
Chelsea Nagle Fillmore Central 1A OH 12
Laura Slinger Bethlehem Academy 1A MH 12
Kate Speedling Wabasha-Kellogg 1A MH 11
Megan Ysker Windom Area 3A S/RS 11
Claire Kopfmann Minneota 3A MH 12
Megan Groen Renville County West 3A OH 12
Casey Christensen Windom Area 3A MH 12
Cassie Haag Southwest Christian- Chaska 4A MH 11
Callie Teigen Meadow Creek Christian 4A OH 12
Heidi Lensing Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 5A MH 11
Alycia Dahl Newfolden-MCC (Northern Freeze) 8A MH 12
Honorable Mention
Liz Schlobohm Bethlehem Academy 1A S/RS 12
Marcie Flygare Minnesota Valley Lutheran 2A Setter 12
Mallory Fultz Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 3A RS 12
Steph Boulton Minneota 3A OH 12
Malori Paplow Windom Area 3A OH 12
Julie Blume Wheaton Area 6A Setter 12

MISS VOLLEYBALL
Jennifer Lopez from DGF was voted MS. Volleyball. The single A nominee was Chelsea Nagle from Fillmore Central and the triple A nominee was Jessica Menden from Shakopee. The highest ranked senior in each class is the nominee.

COACHING AWARDS
A’ Coach of the Year – Ron Wendorff, Windom
‘AA’ Coach of the Year – Jean Lopez, D-G-F
‘AAA’ Coach of the Year – Vicki Seleger-Swenson, Hopkins and Connie Huberty, Andover

‘A’ Assistant Coach of the Year – Gene Lovell, Windom
‘AA’ Assistant Coach of the Year – Jon Hegerle, Marshall
‘AAA’ Assistant Coach of the Year – Gordy Hagert, Apple Valley

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D2 Regional Tournament Today in Duluth

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D2 TOURNAMENT
The D2 North Central regional gets underway in Duluth today. UMD's Danielle Beckstrand and her increased roll is featured in the Duluth News Tribune. The Marshall Independent also has a story on UMD's Sarah Wyffels (from Marshall).

Tournament team thumbnails are also provided by the Duluth News Tribune.

The tournament preparation is also a focus for a story in the DNT.

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Signing Day

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SIGNING DAY
SW MN State signed three players--Alyssa Johnson of Spring Lake Park, Cara Carson of Omaha, Neb. and Maggie Geske of Shakopee. From the Marshall Independent.

St. Cloud State signed Erica Beacom of Elkhorn, Nebraska.

POST SEASON HONORS
Michelle Flygare of MN Valley Lutheran was honorable mention all state in class A from the coaches association. MVL had three players make the Tomahawk All conference team. From the New Ulm Journal.

TEAM MVP
Kirsti Grill was named MVP for Elk River. From the Elk River Star News.

REVIEW
Redwood Valley's season is reviewed in the Redwood Falls Gazette.

LAST WEEK
The State Tournament started last week and you can watch the Shakopee/Hopkins match in case you missed it on Cable 12.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Bezdicek Signs

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BEZDICEK SIGNS
Megan Bezdicek of Jackson County Central signed today a National Letter of Intent to continue her volleyball career at Augustana. Bezdicek was All Conference in the tough Southwest Conference and also made the coaches Association All State team in AA.
Bezdicek is the 19th player from the 2008 Minnesota class to sign/verbal and the 11th to go to a D2 school.

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D3 All Americans, Academics, Beekman

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ALL AMERICANS
Emma Jaynes of St. Benedict was named honorable mention All American at the D3 level. Here is the AVCA list of D3 All Americans.

BEEKMAN
Amanda Beekman of MSU Mankato made the North Central All Conference team and the Marshall Independent has a feature on the home grown talent.

ACADEMICS
Three UM Duluth players made the academic honor roll: Danielle Beckstrand, Lindsey Clairmont, and Sarah Wyffels.

More All Area, All Conference and All Star News

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ALL AREA
The Hutchinson Leader has listed their All Area Picks.

MORE ALL CONFERENCE
The Missota All Conference list is also found on the Hutchinson Leader site.

The Marshall Independent has the Southwest Conference list. Marshall, Pipestone, and Windom each had three all conference players.

Here is the St. Paul City All Conference list
Kia Her (12), Arlington
Megan Howard (12), Central
Shelbi LaValla (11), Central
Yadi Sevilla (11), Central
Ellen Senf (10), Central
Jaime Walters (11), Como Park
Savanah Lewis (12), Harding
Veara Yang (12), Harding
Eleanor Erickson (10), Highland Park
Cassondra Johnson (12), Highland Park
Moira McComas (12), Highland Park
Brittany Johnson (12), Humboldt
Jamie Kasal (12), Johnson
Edaidra McCalister (12), Johnson
HONORABLE MENTION
Pa Che Vang (10), Arlington
LeNora Wilson (11), Arlington
DaVeen Trentman (10), Central
Brittani Cortez (11), Como Park
Jill Pettit (12), Como Park
Hannah Scherrer (11), Como Park
Eva Nievinski (11), Harding
Kachia Xiong (10), Harding
Lauren Boroughs (12), Highland Park
Nicole Givens (12), Highland Park
Dakotah Johnson (10), Highland Park
Kara Laird (11), Highland Park
Andrea Moen (12), Highland Park
Brianna Johnson (12), Humboldt
Katie Larocque (11), Humboldt
Carlee Aasen (12), Johnson
Hannah McKinney (11), Johnson
COACH OF THE YEAR: Kathleen Kramer, Highland Park

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ALL STAR GAMES
Annika Smed of Albert Lea will take part in the South Central All Star game at St. Olaf on Sunday. Event starts at 1:30 pm. From the Albert Lea Tribune.

The North Central All Star game will be held on Sunday at Bemidji State. Two Crookston players, Allison Schumacher and Brea Aamoth, will take part in the event. The full rosters are listed here too. From the Crookston Times.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

1 All Area, 7 All Conference, 2 All Star Games

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ALL AREA/ALL CONFERENCE
Here are the girls volleyball all area and/or all conference teams I could find.

ALL AREA
The West Central Tribune has named their All Area Team.

ALL CONFERENCE
Murray County Central has four players on the Red Rock All Conference Team. From the Worthington Daily Globe.

Here are the New Ulm players on the South Central all conference team. From the New Ulm Journal. If you have the rest send them to me so we can get them up.

The Southeast Conference has named their All Conference team. Mabel-Canton and LeRoy-Ostrander each have three players listed. From the Rochester Post Bulletin.

The Three Rivers has named their All Conference team. Wabasha-Kellogg and Caledonia each had three players. From the Rochester Post Bulletin.

Maria Gangelhoff of Sleepy Eye St. Mary's was named player of the year in the Tomahawk conference. The rest of the squad is included. From the New Ulm Journal.

Toward the bottom of the scoreboard section in the Duluth News Tribune you will find the all conference lists for the Iron Range, and St. Louis County. You will also see the all star game rosters for the game tonight at Denfeld between the Duluth area team and the Iron Range team.

Janine Atkinson was named MVP of Zimmerman. From the Elk River Star News.

ALL STAR GAMES
The South Central All Star game will take place Sunday, November 18 at 1:30 at St. Olaf. From the New Ulm Journal.

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CC All Division Teams

#2 posting 11.13.2007
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D2 TOURNAMENT
The Marshall Independent looks at the road ahead for the SW MN State Mustangs.

AWARDS
The Community College division has passed out their post season awards. Riverland's Brooke Monson and outside hitter Elissa Preuss were named to the MN CC South Division team. From the Rochester Post Bulletin.

Here are both North and South Division All Division teams.

Here are the stats for the year in the MNCC Conference.

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Braun Player of the Year, Geske Athlete of the Week

#1 posting 11.13.2007
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BRAUN PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Amy Braun of Lakeville North has been named player of the year by the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Plus here are the rest of the all state teams by the SPPP.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Maggie Geske of Shakopee was named athlete of the week by KARE 11 with video included.

ERICKSON MVP
Sarah Erickson has been named MVP for Fergus Falls.

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Monday, November 12, 2007

UMD to Host, Dieter's 3rd Honor, NCC Awards

#3 posting 11.12.2007
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UMD TO HOST
UM Duluth will host the North Central Region November 15-17. UMD is the #1 seed and sees South Dakota. The top half has three Northern Sun teams with MSU Mankato crashing the party, the bottom is all North Central. An interesting quarterfinal is the Northern Sun regular season champ Concordia St. Paul vs tournament champ Wayne State. Here are the brackets.

DIETER PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Brook Dieter of Minnesota has been named Big 10 offensive player of the week for the third time this season.
Juli Pierce of Indiana was named defensive player.

NORTH CENTRAL AWARDS
The North Central awarded their final players of the week with Vicky Braegelmann of UMD capturing the offensive honors, Jenna Lago of Augustana taking the defensive award. Katie Gangelhoff of UMD notched her 8th weekly setter award.
On top of that the NCC released their final All Conference list. Vicky Braegelmann continued to pile on the awards with the MVP. Amber Kobus of South Dakota was defensive player of the year. MSU Mankato's Amanda Beekman was Freshman of the year and UMD coach Jim Boos took home the coach of the year honors.
The breakdown on the awards:
The graduating class breakdown is: 09s 5, 08s 4, 10s 2, and 11s 1
colleges: UM Duluth 4, Augustana 3, MSU Mankato 3,
by position: OH 4, MH 3, S 3, RS 2
average height: OH 5-10.5, MH 6-0, RS 6-0.5, S 5-7.3
by high school: Albany 2, Marshall 2
by HS classification: AA 6, AAA 2
by HS conference: Hiawatha Valley 2, Southwest 2, West Central North 2

MORE STATE TOURNAMENT LEFTOVERS
AA: Stewartville finished 4th for the first time in 18 visits to the State Tournament. From the Rochester Post Bulletin.

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