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Sebeka School
Sebeka Volleyball

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Trojans Place First At Pequot Lakes Tourney

By Kyle Gylsen - Pequot Lakes

The Sebeka volleyball team improved to 7-1 on the season with five wins and a championship at the Pequot Lakes Tournament Saturday.

"It was a good day," said Trojans' head coach Becca Pulju. "I was happy with the complete team effort today. We had 11 players that contributed to the success of the day, each of them stepping up when we needed them too."

The Trojans defeated Pine River-Backus 2-0 (25-16, 25-12), Aitkin 2-0 (25-14, 25-22) and Parkers Prairie 2-0 (25-19, 25-22) in pool play.

In the tournament format, Sebeka beat Onamia 2-0 (25-23, 25-15) before defeating the Atikin Gobblers for the second time 2-0 (25-19, 25-21) in the championship.

Senior Jordan Lillquist hadn't played much this season until the Verndale match (Thursday) and Pulju felt the tournament helped get the Trojans back on track.

"It was obvious we were out of rhythm a bit. (Verndale) was a good match for us. There were glimpses of what we can do, so Saturday was great to get a lot of court time and get Jordan into a rhythm. She was a force at the net."

In the last match, senior Heidi Olson stepped up defensively to match Aitkin's big hitters.

"Heidi has 999 kills, so that is another milestone for her career, and (getting 1,000) may be a nice way to start our big match at home with a good Perham team Monday."

Olson already has 1000 digs in her career. She would become the first Trojan to reach both milestones.

"Overall, I was very pleased with yesterday," Pulju commented. "We had some breakdowns, but fought back to never lose a set. I am hoping we can carry this momentum into Monday."



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