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Minnehaha Academy defeats Mounds Park Academy

By Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine, 09/08/22, 9:30PM CDT


The Redhawks beat the Panthers in four sets on Thursday evening.

Minnehaha Academy's Violet Sahlstrom (right) tried to tip a ball past Mounds Park Academy's Navreen Biring during the Redhawks' 3-1 victory. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine

It's been one game, one set, one point at a time for Minnehaha Academy's volleyball team this fall. 

And so far, that formula has added up to nine, as in nine consecutive victories to start the season. Thursday's four-set victory (17-25, 25-14, 26-24, 25-17) over visiting and defending Independent Metro Athletic Conference and Class 2A, Section 4 champion Mounds Park Academy allowed the Redhawks (9-0, 2-0) to check off one of the goals they set for themselves prior to the season.

Mounds Park Academy had a plan to slow down Minnehaha Academy hitter Maddy Benka (1), but the junior got this ball past Addy Kluz. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine

First Report

Minnehaha Academy kept its own streak alive while ending another for Mounds Park Academy on Thursday with a 17-25, 25-14, 26-14, 25-17, four-set victory over the visiting Panthers.

The victory, the ninth in a row to start the season for the Redhawks (9-0, 1-0), was also the first Independent Metro Athletic Conference loss for Mounds Park Academy since Nov. 12, 2020, a span of 12 games. The Panthers went 11-0 in IMAC play in 2021 on their way to a Class 2A, Section 4 championship and place in the state tournament.

The Redhawks, who began the season with five victories at the St. Paul Humboldt tournament, won their first eight games away from home. Minnehaha Academy won 14 of 27 games last season to break the .500 mark for the first time in six seasons.

The game featured the return to play of Mounds Park Academy senior Lola Pilon, who suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament during the Panthers' state tournament semifinal loss last November. She played sparingly and only in the back row but Mounds Park Academy coach Jeff Kunze-Hoeg said he expects the hitter to be back into the full rotation within a couple of weeks.

Mounds Park Academy's Else Kunze-Hoeg (second from left) tipped the ball over the net. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine

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