Volleyball gets off to good start

With the season approaching quickly, the Irish volleyball team got a jump start by attending the Early Bird Tournament in Albany on August 22. The Irish took both the JV and the Varsity to the tournament. Some teams which the Irish could see again in Sections were there, including: Rocori, Little Falls, and Albany.

“Every year we play at this tournament I am surprised less and less by players making great plays you weren’t expecting or players you think will be steady having an off game,” said Head Coach Marty Kiebel.

The Varsity team started out looking a little rusty against St. Cloud Apollo, losing the first game. However, with tough serves the Irish came out on top, winning the second game. Then the score was all tied up 1-1. With the next game only going to 15, Maple Lake started out strong and came out with a win.

The next game followed the same pattern, the Irish warming up to their opponents and losing the first, then sweeping Minnewaska away in the second game with a score of 25-15. Again the games were an even 1-1. The next game to 15 proved the Irish were not there to lose and came out on top with another win.

More information appears in this week’s issue of the Messenger