Two matches into a 12-match volleyball season for the Belle Plaine Tigers, and things seem to have picked up where they left off from last season’s run to a third-place finish in the Class 2A state tournament.
The Tigers swept a pair of Minnesota River Conference opponents last week and were gearing up to play LeSueur-Henderson on Tuesday night , Oct. 13, when this edition of the Belle Plaine Herald went to press.
The match with the Giants is a rematch of last year’s Section 2A championship.
Saturday, Oct. 10
BP vs. Sibley East
The Tigers traveled to Arlington on Saturday, Oct. 10, for a match with Sibley East. All contests this season will pit the Tigers against MRC opponents.
Belle Plaine settled in early and left Arlington with a clean 3-0 victory, game scores 25-10, 25-16, 25-16.
Leah Lenz had 11 kills and Lauren Johnson and Abby Fizel nine apiece, and McKenna Zimke had eight. Sarah Lenz assisted 36 times, and Sydney Meyer (34), Johnson (23) and Remi Meyer (12) were the leaders in digs.
Thursday, Oct. 8
BP vs. SW Christian
The Tigers traveled to Southwest Christian for the season opener last Thursday, Oct. 8, a match between two teams with conference title hopes.
The Tigers again won in three straight, needing extra-time in the first two of a 26-24, 28-26, 25-19 victory.
“I thought our back row played well, picking up some very difficult digs,” said Coach Richard Foust.
Johnson (35) and Meyer (33) led that defense, with Ziemke picking up 14 digs.
Offensively, Ziemke had 14 kills, Johnson 11 and Fisel nine against a tall SWC lineup.
“We found some success moving our attack around to avoid (their) taller block,” Foust said.
Lenz again steered the attack with 37 set assists. Brianna Swenson had four ace serves.
“(SWC) is a good team, and I’m sure it’ll be another great match at our place later this season,” said Foust.
The Tigers (2-0) will travel to Montgomery to play TCU on Tuesday, Oct. 20, before another MRC showdown with Mayer Lutheran (2-0) in Belle Plaine on Thursday, Oct. 22.
2020 BPHS Volleyball Team Results and Schedule
Oct. 8 @ SWC - W 3-0
Oct. 10 @ SE - W 3-0
Oct. 13 - 7:15 p.m. vs. LSH
Oct. 20 - 7 p.m. @ TCU
Oct. 22 - 7 p.m. vs. Mayer Lutheran
Oct. 27 - 7 p.m. vs. NYA
Oct. 29 - 7 p.m. vs. SWC
Nov. 2 - 7 p.m. vs SE
Nov. 10 - 7 p.m. @ LSH
Nov. 12 - 7 p.m. vs TCU
Nov. 17 - 7 p.m. @ Mayer Lutheran
Nov. 19 - 7 p.m. @ NYA
Minnesota River Conference Volleyball Standings W-L
Through Oct. 8
Belle Plaine .......................1-0
Mayer Lutheran ................1-0
Sibley East ........................1-0
NYA Central .....................0-1
Southwest Christian ..........0-1
Tri-City United .................0-1