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Prep Volleyball: Vikings beat Wolverines for 2nd time this season

Photo courtesy of Marshall Independent Abbey Thissen, right, of MACCRAY watches one of her team-high 31 kills fly past Hanna Prellwitz of Minneota during the Section 3A-North final Thursday at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall.

MARSHALL -- The MACCRAY volleyball team's season came to a heart-breaking end with a close, five-game loss to Camden Conference rival Minneota on Thursday in the Section 3A-North final at Southwest Minnesota State University.

Minneota rebounded from a two-game deficit to advance to the section title game by winning 22-25, 16-25, 25-22, 27-25, 17-15. The Vikings (25-6), the North's top seed, will play South champion, Red Rock Central or Tracy-Milroy-Balaton, on Saturday at SMSU for a spot in the Class A state tournament.

"It was a battle, that's the only word I can think of to describe it," said MACCRAY head coach Terese Bourne. "We'd be down five or six points and get back to one or two. It was a well-fought match. It was good volleyball."

MACCRAY ended the season 21-7. Minneota also beat MACCRAY in four games on Sept. 29 in Clara City.

Wolverines' senior Abbey Thissen ended in style a high school career that saw her surpass 1,000 kills during the regular season. On Thursday, Thissen was good on 90-of-100 attacks and had 31 kills. Thissen also had 7 ace blocks and 14 digs.

Fellow senior Teagan Molden had 19 kills and 2 blocks, and junior setter Aleah Schwitters was good on 164-of-169 sets and had 43 assists.

Taylor Reiss had 33 kills for Minneota.

The Wolverines return next season having to replace seniors Thissen, Molden, Hailey Goeman, Paige Ammermann and Paige Schwitters.

Minneota 3, MACCRAY 2

MACCRAY (21-7) 25 25 22 25 15

Minneota (25-6) 22 16 25 27 17

(Key: good-attempts-aces)


Serving: Abbey Thissen 13-16-2, Aleah Schwitters 21-21-1, Ashley Dirksen 16-18-0, Brooklyn Gould 20-20-1, Hailey Goeman 23-23-0, Paige Schwitters 14-14-0 ... Setting: A. Schwitters 164-169-43 ... Hitting: Thissen 90-100-31, Teagan Molden 62-71-19, A. Schwitters 10-11-1, Gould 115-16-0, P. Schwitters 21-23-2, Dirksen 5-5-0 ... Blocking (aces): Thissen 7, Molden 2, Gould 1 ... Digs: Goeman 31, Gould 24, Dirkesen 4, A. Schwitters 14, Thissen 14, Paige Ammermann 10, P. Schwitters 15, Molden 4


Serving: Kelsey Hennen 20-21-1, Molly Hennen 22-22-3, Megan Larson 16-18-2, Katelyn Kack 14-14-0, Taylor Reiss 15-17-0 ... Setting (assists): Larson 50 ... Hitting: Reiss 33, M.Hennen 12, Shelby Corbin 4, Kack 4, Larson 3, Hanna Prellwitz 3 ... Blocking (aces): Prellwitz 4, Reiss 3, Larson 2, M.Hennen 1 ... Digs: K.Hennen 43, Kack 24, M.Hennen 23, Larson 15, Reiss 13, Corbin 9, Analisa Buysse 7