Pelican falls to Barnesville in opener but happy to be back in action 

The Pelican Rapids volleyball team was so grateful to have the opportunity to have their season opener against the Barnesville Trojans. 

The last minute change by the MSHSL to allow 2 fans per athlete made the night that much more complete.

The Vikings knew they were starting the season against one of the toughest teams in the conference and the Trojans proved that several times throughout the night. However, the Vikings held their own all night and really started to get into a rhythm in the 3rd set. 

“We had some amazing hustle plays by seniors Kiera Booth and Anna Stephenson,” said Coach Heidi Isaman. “Senior setter Greta Tollefson ran the team with confidence and made some very smart decisions throughout the night. Our right side hitters Ella Backstrom and Ellie Welch made big improvements on setting the block throughout the night and brought some big offensive opportunities for us. Sophomore Kelsey Isaman made some huge digs for us to slow down the Trojans in set three and junior Tori Stephenson gave us a good run of offensive kills. Senior Allie Haiby and sophomore Sylvia Pesch helped the Vikings get into system and start to take control of the game in set three. 

The Vikings lost to the Trojans with scores of 18-25, 16-25, 21-25. 

“Nobody likes to start the season with a loss, but I was extremely proud of the effort and teamwork shown by all these girls tonight! We had some trouble closing our block on the pin and serve receive was a weakness for us in the first 2 sets which will be our big goals to work on before our next conference match coming up on Tuesday, October 13 where we take on Perham at home. 

Stat leaders

Aces – Kelsey Isaman-1

Kills – Tori Stephenson-5, Greta Tollefson and Anna Stephenson-5, Kelsey Isaman, Ellie Welch, and Ella Backstorm-2 each.

Digs– Kelsey Isaman-9, Anna Stephenson and Allie Haiby-8, Greta Tollefson and Kiera Booth-3,Sylvia Pesch-2 Sophia Paulson-1