Larson steps up her game; Lakeview falls
People are watching. “Everyone is scouting us,” said Coach Fruin, who along with those hoping to learn how to beat Minneota, watched another easy win, 25-12; 25-11 and 25-17.
She knows her team, “Has a target on our back,” being ranked No. 1 in the state. But that’s not her concern.
What does concern her is, “We’re all about finishing. We’ve got to learn from our mistakes,” the coach said.
And this week the coach was pleased with the recent development of middle hitter Sydney Larson off the bench. “In the last three games she’s had three kills; then hit six of 10 and added four more Tuesday at Cottonwood.
“She’s really coming on at a key time,” said the coach. Larson is in the game when leading hitter Lydia Sussner is out — so her role is extremely important.
“We can’t just be good on paper, we have to be good on the court, too,” said the coach.
And they were. Abby Hennen, who had a perfect night serving and retrieved 31 digs, served seven straight points while Sussner and Gillingham were knocking down four kills apiece in the first game.
Setter Morgan Kockelman had a huge night serving 16 of 16 with an ace, including seven straight points in game No. 2. Sussner knocked down seven of her 17 kills in the third game. Lakeview’s Savannah Rausch tried to keep her team in the game with eight kills — but it just wasn’t enough.
Minneota 3, Lakeview 0
Minneota 25 25 25
Lakeview 12 11 17
KILLS: Lydia Sussner 17; Lizzy Gillingham 7, Morgan Hennen 6; Natalee Rolbieci 5; Sydney Larson 4.
SERVING (No., good, aces) Abby Hennen 19-19-0; Lizzy Gillingham 10-10-0; Morgan Kockelman 16-16-1.
DIGS: Abby Hennen 31, Lizzy Gillingham 15.
BLOCKS: Lizzy Gillingham, Morgan Hennen 1 each; Lydia Sussner 3.
SET ASSISTS: Morgan Kockelman 39.