Victory celebration on the floor.
The Vikings made a pile on the floor after winning the state championship Saturday over Medford. They won the title with a 36-1 record by beat three teams at state. They stopped Medford, 3-0, 25-20; 25-14, 25-11.
Celebrating a state title.
Lizzy Gillingham had a lot to celebrate after Minneota beat Medford 3-0 for the state title. She injured her ankle a day earlier against Ada-Borup, but came back to play in that game and she played against Medofrd as well. Also celebrating the state championship was Morgan Kockelman (center) and Lydia Sussner.
Minneota hoisted the state championship trophy after winning the title over Medford on Saturday. On the left is Sydney Larson with Lizzy Gillingham in the center and Natalee Rolbiecki and Abby Rost on the right.
Walking into the Xcel Energy Center for the Class A State Championship was like entering Medford's own personal kingdom. Their fans were everywhere, they had everyone talking about upsetting the No. 2- and  No. 3-ranked teams Mayer Lutheran and Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa to get to the state finals.
Lizzy Gillingham and Lydia Sussner went high to block a shot by Ada-Borup's Kora Kritzberger as Abby Hennen watched.
Minneota struggled in the first set, then lost their all-state hitter Lizzy Gillingham due to an injury. But the team battled back and took home a 3-1 win to enter the state championship.
The Minneota crowd at the state tournament.
Minneota had a big followig at the state tournament on Friday.
Natalee Rolbiecki delivered one of her kills to the Ada-Borup side of the net.
Adversity didn’t rear it’s ugly head often, but it did against Ada-Borup. Minneota Coach Hayley Fruin acknowledged the Ada-Borup matchup would be a real battle. "They have a big front line," she said. And half way through the first set, that's exactly what had transpired.
Victory celebration on the floor.
Celebrating a state title.
Minneota hoisted the state championship trophy after winning the title over Medford on Saturday. On the left is Sydney Larson with Lizzy Gillingham in the center and Natalee Rolbiecki and Abby Rost on the right.
Lizzy Gillingham and Lydia Sussner went high to block a shot by Ada-Borup's Kora Kritzberger as Abby Hennen watched.
The Minneota crowd at the state tournament.
Natalee Rolbiecki delivered one of her kills to the Ada-Borup side of the net.
Victory celebration on the floor.

STATE CHAMPS

The Vikings made a pile on the floor after winning the state championship Saturday over Medford. They won the title with a 36-1 record by beat three teams at state.

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Victory celebration on the floor.

The Vikings made a pile on the floor after winning the state championship Saturday over Medford. They won the title with a 36-1 record by beat three teams at state.

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Lizzy Gillingham's ankle.

Lizzy Gillingham went out with an ankle injury in the first set against Ada-Borup. She said it was quite swelled up, and here's proof.

But she returned tohelp her team win.

 

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