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.

Looking Ahead

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

LeSueur-Henderson ..........0-0

NYA Central .....................0-1

Southwest Christian ..........0-1

Tri-City United .................0-1


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