Lydia Sussner went high to smash the ball past Baylee Larsen (left) and Haley Unke of Lakeview.

Volleyball girls blast Sting, Lakers

Monday’s battle with Yellow Medicine East was a “homecoming” of sorts — and a battle between old friends.
Coach Leah Fadness of YME, a former player and teammate of Minneota Coach Hayley Fruin on the 2006 state championship team, brought her team to town.
Minneota won, 25-21; 25-12 and 25-9.
“It’s a mix of feelings playing against an old teammate and a friend,” said Coach Fruin.
“If we weren’t playing her, I would be cheering for her. It’s a lot of fun to coach against another coach that you know is just as competitive as you,” said Fruin.
But Minneota had too much Lydia Sussner with 16 kills, Abby Hennen with 13 digs and 18 of 18 service points with three kills and Ellie Pesch with near-perfect serves.
“She’s (Fadness) doing a great job with the YME program and I’m excited to see where she takes them,” said Fruin.
“I thought we started out slow. Our energy was not there and we weren’t focused,” said the coach.
She added, “We were letting balls drop without effort and we made too many errors offensively.”
However, things changed in the second set.
“Abby (Hennen) started us out strong behind the service line. She got us on a good run and then we started to pick up our game from there.”
Fadness and her “Sting” never caught up.


TUESDAY THE Vikings methodically dispatched the Lakeview lakers, 3-0. Scores were 25-16; 25-8 and 25-14.

The Vikings were balanced in hitting with Sussner banging down 10 kills with three blocks for points with Natalee Rolbiecki hitting another nine with a block and Lizzy Gillingham five.

The Vikings are 19-4 on the year and will play in the Apple Valley Tournament this weekend.

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