Friday, September 2, 2016
Volleyball Tigers start with two sweep wins!
The Tigers of volleyball are going to be quite the phenomenal attraction this fall, based on how they've come out of the starting gate. On Thursday the story was a sweep over the Melrose Dutchmen. So the Tigers have two sweep wins tucked away from Week 1.
The squad is picking up from where it left off from last season's historic state campaign. Bump, set, spike! Coach Kristi Fehr will be wearing a smile a good share of the time.
The West Central Tribune reported: "The Tigers swept the Dutch with a pair of close sets sandwiching an abysmal 25-10 second set."
Abysmal? Does the writer not know the definition? I suppose it was abysmal for Melrose, but in that case it's an overstatement. If I had been caught writing a screwy sentence like this, I'd have people talking about my mental shortcomings, possibly with the use of profanities/obscenities.
The Tigers won with these scores, with the "abysmal" one being in the middle: 25-22, 25-10 and 25-22.
Karly Fehr is sure picking up from where she left off last season. The sharply-executing setter fueled the win with 34 set assists. Karly was one of four Tigers achieving a serving ace. She was joined by Ashley Solvie, Riley Decker and Koral Tolifson. Brooke Gillespie was at the fore in hitting. Her 15 kills was the team-best figure. Ashley Solvie pounded down ten kills and Jenna Howden had nine. The list continues with Nicole Solvie (4), Fehr (3) and Jenna Larsen (2).
Ashley Solvie went up to perform five ace blocks. These Tigers each had one ace block: Gillespie, Howden and Nicole Solvie. Gillespie and Decker each dug up the ball 23 times. Cassidy Fehr had nine digs, and Karly Fehr and Koral Tolifson each had seven.
The Tigers arrive at Labor Day weekend with a spotless 2-0 mark.
Another note re. Friday's Willmar newspaper: The lead sports headline in real big letters is this: "Wolverines cruises in season opener." It should be "cruise" of course. This is embarrassing.
Tigers 3, New London-Spicer 0
What could be better than a season opener win over New London-Spicer? The Wildcats have generally been an obstacle for MACA teams in the post-season. As things stand now, at least in volleyball, any hex appears to be gone.
Coach Kristi Fehr's Tigers not only vanquished NL-Spicer on Tuesday, the success came by sweep. Scores were 25-20, 26-24 and 25-13.
Brooke Gillespie came at the Wildcats with three serving aces. Koral Tolifson had two and Ashley Solvie had one. Karly Fehr raced around the court to put up 38 set assists. On to the crowd-pleasing category of hitting: Here it was Jenna Howden as the real crowd-pleasing Tiger with 17 kills. Gillespie executed sharply to pound down 13 kills. Ashley Solvie had ten kills and Nicole Solvie two.
Howden had two ace blocks and Jenna Larsen one. Two Tigers had double digits in digs: Gillespie (15) and Riley Decker (12). Karly Fehr came through with six digs and Larsen five.
I have enjoyed writing about New London-Spicer girls basketball in recent post-seasons, so I'm familiar with lots of the names. Brooke Beuning and Kabrie Weber each had two serving aces, and Beuning put up 30 set assists. Brennah Bergh was at the fore in hitting with eleven kills. Erin Tebben was the top Wildcat blocker with six blocks. Beuning came through with 13 digs.
Cross country: big home meet
Morris has the privilege of hosting a cross country event that really signals the start of the new school year. It's the MCA Invite. A sea of runners made for the usual fine spectacle, all their colors so resplendent.
It looks like the MACA teams will have to rely on balance this year. Our top girls runner was Savannah Aanerud who arrived at the finish chute No. 17, time of 22:51. Malory Anderson was #25 with her time of 23:10. The three other MACA runners were Midori Soderberg (34th, 24:40), Correy Hickman (50th, 26:40) and Kaylie Raths (63rd, 28:44).
For the boys it was Solomon Johnson leading the way for MACA, time of 18:38, good for eleventh place. Noah Stewart placed 19th with his time of 19:30. Tate Nelson was No. 30 to the finish chute, timed at 20:15. Then it was Tyler Reimers getting to the finish 35th, time of 20:28, and Dylan DeToy was 72nd (23:14).
Let's look at the teams. Lac qui Parle/DB was the champion girls team. Sadie Thompson led the LQPV/DB Eagles with her runner-up showing, time of 21:00. The champion girls runner was Jayda Woods of Rocori, time of 20:15. The top boys team was West Central Area, spurred by Ryley Nelson who took No. 1 with his time of 17:01. Jacob Bright of WCA was runner-up with his time of 17:19. The runner-up boys team was LQPV/DB, led by Keiser Freetly, the No. 3 runner with a time of 17:23.
We're just starting down the path of Morris Area Chokio Alberta athletics for 2016-17!
- Brian Williams - morris mn Minnesota - firstname.lastname@example.org