Delano volleyball finds ways to stay on top of opponents

BY DAVID PEDERSEN

Delano volleyball coach Rebecca Rue had some emotional ups and downs last week, coinciding with her team’s play. Fortunately, both the coach and the team finished on the up side of things.

Last week the Tigers defeated St. Michael-Albertville and Glencoe-Silver Lake before winning three of four matches at the Blaine Invitational Saturday.

“I was very pleased with our play last week,” notes Rue. “During the STMA match we were actually down in set two 13-4. Although it was a little frustrating that we dug ourselves such a hole, it was nice to see that we never panicked and we plucked away and put together some great runs to win the set 25-21.”

Tori Hanson, an eighth-grader, has been a key factor for the success of the Delano volleyball team this season. (Photo by Bill Nord)

Tori Hanson, an eighth-grader, has been a key factor for the success of the Delano volleyball team this season. (Photo by Bill Nord)

When the score was 13-4, Elle Heinonen went on a 7-point serving spree to get her team back into that game. Shelby Seurer ended the match with 20 kills, while Amanda Hanson had nine and eighth-grader Tori Hanson had eight.

GSL came in with a strong 14-1 record. Rue called it a great conference win, liking the fact her squad led for the majority of all sets.

“I thought our front row did an excellent job of stopping Clarissa Ober, GSL’s leading middle hitter,” said Rue. “We ended the match with 12 blocks. I thought we also did a great job of serving, with a total of nine service aces.”

Rue said setter Kristin Kreklow had one of her best nights with 35 set assist. Credit needs to go out defensive players such as Heinonen, Amanda Hanson, Tori Hanson and Seurer, adds the coach.

Delano took third place in the Blaine Tournament, going against some competitive AAA teams. Due to bursitis in the knee, Amanda Hanson had to sit out. The senior had been starting since the ninth grade.

Brooke Lemke stepped in to the right side position and Tori Hanson moved to outside hitter. Lemke ended with nine kills in the tournament and Tori had 19.

Seurer dominated on the offense, ending the day with 55 kills.

Delano is home to Mound-Westonka, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, before going to the STMA Invitational Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6. The team is at Dassel-Cokato Tuesday, Oct. 9.

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