Shakopee Volleyball week in review 12 Sep 11

Week of: 9/4-9/10

Def. Eden Prairie (25- , 25- , 25- )
Lost to Chanhassen (16-25, 13-25, 25-22, 25-18, 14-16)
Def. Anoka (25-13, 25-15)
Def. Roch. Mayo (25-17, 25-16)
Def. Eagan (19-25, 25-22, 15-11)
Def. Bethlehem Academy (25-16, 25-15) Championship

Brief Commentary per Match:
Shakopee used a 2.12 team passer rating to jump start a great offensive night (.220 team hitting percentage) in a big 3-0 victory against Eden Prairie. More impressively we utilized 46 team digs and 19 team blocks to slow down Eden Prairie’s offense. Our blocking has been our biggest focus this year, and it seems to be paying off.

After a feel-good win against EP, the Sabers came out extremely flat against a much-improved Chanhassen team. The first conference match of the year resulted in our first Missota Conference loss in 6 years. Although we eventually pulled out of the rut to erase an 0-2 start and tie the match at 2-2, the early confidence given to Chan allowed them to pull out the 5th set 16-14. It was frustrating night, but we decided it was going to be a crucial learning experience for us. We realized that we didn’t have a great practice following the EP match, and may not have been fully prepared in our warm-up for Chan.

For the 4th time in our 5 years of hosting the Shakopee Invitational, we were able to take home the championship. We are very proud of bringing in great teams for a small tournament (i.e. #1A Bethlehem Academy, #1AA Jackson County Central, #11AAA Eagan). After a great start going 4-0 in sets against Anoka and Mayo, it looked like we met our match playing a wrecking ball of an offensive team in Eagan, who now has All Metro Player Taylor McNeil, before making an amazing come-back to take games 2 and 3. Our defense was nearly perfect in those games against the fastest offense we have played this year. Our hitters decided to match the firepower of Eagan, and we managed to go almost the entire two sets without an error. In the championship match against BA, our girls rode the momentum to play lights out defense, and overpower the smaller opponent. BA struggled to put the ball in play, and appeared to have run out of gas having beat JCC to win their pool.

Individual Player Highlights:

Stat Leaders Per Match:
Vs. Eden Prairie (kills- Sames 16, Hoppe and Monnens 8; Assists –Holcombe 34; Blocks- Sames 5, Hoppe 4, Holcombe and Koehn 3; Digs- Hoppe 13, Berger 12)
Vs. Chanhassen (kills-Sames 16, Hoppe 12, Monnens 11; Assists-Holcombe 45; Blocks-Sames 6, Pieper and Alyssa Bleese 4, Holcombe 3; Digs-Sames 16, Hoppe 15, Berger 14)
Vs. All opponents in Shakopee Invitational (kills- Sames 41, Hoppe 33, Monnens and Koehn 11; Assists-Holcombe 101; Blocks- Sames 11, Pieper 6, Holcombe 4; Digs- Berger 32, Hoppe 30; Aces-Berger 5, Leadstrom and Hoppe 3

Cumulative Team Record and Stat Leaders:
Overall Record: 6-1
Missota Conference Record: 0-1
Kills: Claire Sames (87), Carlee Hoppe (66), Kari Monnens (37)
Assists: Maggie Holcombe (216)
Blocks: Sames(23), Kenzie Pieper (13), Maggie Holcombe (10)
Aces: Alex Berger (9), Hanna Leadstrom (5), Carlee Hoppe (5), Sames (4)
Digs: Berger (69), Hoppe (67), Sames (46), Maggie Holcombe (32)

Athlete of the Week Nomination:
Senior, Libero, Alex Berger had an amazing week leading the Sabers to a 5-1 record and bringing home the championship of the Shakopee Invitational. She passed a 2.15 rating in the 4 tournament matches, and led the team in digs with 32 (58 on the week). More impressively, she had some amazing digs against three of the best hitters in the state in Julianna Blomberg (Chan), Sarah Wilhite (EP), and Taylor McNeil (Eagan).