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Minneota earns another shot at winning 1A title

By JIM PAULSEN, Star Tribune, 11/09/18, 3:00PM CST


Double-figure kills from Lydia Sussner and Natalie Rolbiecki led the Vikings past Ada-Borup/Norman County West.

Sydney Larson (12), left, of Minneota and teammate Natalee Rolbiecki (8) jump to block a hit by Elle Scherfenberg (5) of Ada-Borup. Photo: LEILA NAVIDI ¥ leila.navidi@startribune.com

Minneota coach Hayley Fruin played on the Vikings’ one and only state championship team in 2006. Fruin, who was known as Hayley Hennen at the time, will get a chance at a player/coach exacta thanks to Minneota’s 23-25, 25-16, 25-16, 25-14 victory over Ada-Borup in the Class 1A semifinals.

“I just want these kids to have that feeling, more than anything,” Fruin said. “It’s a great feeling. They’re more than deserving of it.”

For one set, at least, it looked like the No. 1-seeded Vikings might not get that opportunity. Senior outside hitter Lizzy Gillingham, a six-rotation player, went out when she rolled her right ankle. While Minneota was adapting, Ada-Borup (31-2) swooped in and won the first set.

First report

Minneota earned a chance to get the Class 1A state title that eluded it last year by defeating Ada-Borup 23-25, 25-16, 25-16, 25-14 in the first semifinal on Friday.

The Vikings (35-1) were led by Lydia Sussner, a Ms. Volleyball finalist, who had 18 kills, and Natalie Rolbiecki, who recorded 13. Setter Morgan Kockelman had 49 set assists.

Check back later for more on the match.

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