The metro area is home to dozens of premium programs and scores of standout players. But powerhouse programs are scattered throughout Minnesota, including the northern section of the state where unbeaten Fosston (7-0, 6-0) and Roseau (8-0, 2-0) prepare to clash at the midpoint of the season.
One of the state’s dynasty programs in the 2000s, Fosston ended a 16-year state tourney drought last year when it reached the Class 1A state tournament semifinals before losing 3-1 to eventual champion Minneota.
The No. 8-1A Greyhounds, winners of three state titles in 11 appearances, lost just three seniors from last year’s squad and feature several top players, including senior hitters Taylor Kroening and Emma Drellack, and senior setter Kora Norland.
Roseau, which has reached three state tournament appearances and was runner-up in 1999, features standout athlete Katie Borowicz, a senior who has committed to play basketball at the University of Minnesota. Borowicz powered the Rams to a 3-1 defeat of East Grand Forks on Oct. 29 with 17 kills and 24 digs.