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Defending 1A champ Minneota stumbles, then rumbles to championship game

By JIM PAULSEN, Star Tribune, 11/08/19, 3:00PM CST


The Vikings lost the first set to Fosston before winning the next three behind strong play from Natalie Rolbiecki, who had 17 kills for the Vikings. and Abby and Morgan Hennen, each with 13.

Fosston middle hitter Brianna Vig (5) went up against Minneota's Abby Rost (6) and Natalee Rolbiecki (8) in the first set. Photo: Shari L. Gross • shari.gross@startribune.com

Fosston poked the giant, taking the first set from defending champion and top-seeded Minneota in the Class 1A semifinals.

Sufficiently irritated, the Vikings put their quick, side-to-side offense to work and won the next three sets with relative ease en route to a 23-25, 25-14, 25-7, 25-10 victory on Friday at Xcel Energy Center.

“Fosston came ready to go. They were digging everything, so scrappy, keeping balls alive,” Minneota coach Hayley Fruin said. “Our serve receive isn’t our strong suit. Our setters ran a few miles in that first set. We just didn’t come out fired up and ready to go.”

First report

Defending Class 1A champion Minneota dropped the first set, then rallied to win the final three and defeat Fosston 23-25, 25-14, 25-7, 25-10

Natalie Rolbiecki had 17 kills for the Vikings and Abby and Morgan Hennen added 13 apiece.

Emma Drellack paced Fosston with 14 kills. The Greyhounds were held to a .099 attack percentage by Minneota.

Check back later for more on the match.

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