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A historic building on our U of M-Morris campus - morris mn

A historic building on our U of M-Morris campus - morris mn
The multi-ethnic building was the original home of the music department at UMM. (B.W. photo)

Thursday, September 22, 2016

MACA girls survive test vs. Sauk Centre

The orange and black have inspired spirited cheering, indeed, thus far in the fall season. I have been pleased to write about the volleyball and football teams. The MACA girls downed a powerful Sauk Centre team Tuesday on the road. Scores were 23-25, 25-21, 24-26, 25-23 and 16-14.
Click on the link below to read about the MACA football team's 41-21 win over Benson on 9/16. This post is on my companion website, "Morris of Course." Thanks for reading. - B.W.
Tigers 3, Sauk Centre 2
The Sauk Centre volleyball team owns 12 wins on the season. The Streeters gave the Tigers all they could handle at the Sauk court. But in the end, MACA's many strengths prevailed. Those strengths will be on display tonight (Thursday) at home vs. BOLD, and this weekend in the "Midwest Volleyball Warehouse" in Burnsville. The caliber of this weekend's event is expected to be very high.
Sauk Centre's only loss previous to Tuesday was against No. 1 Maple Lake.
The Tigers made a strong statement about their superiority in conference. We're ranked No. 5 in state but got humbled in game 1 vs. the Streeters. We were edged by two points. But it was just the start of an extended, intense and entertaining affair. We took game 2 before getting edged again in game 3. Then the Tigers bore down to prevail the rest of the way. Mission accomplished!
Karly Fehr showed stamina and focus in the setting department, emerging as a key individual in the win with her 49 set assists. Many of those assists were seized upon by Brooke Gillespie who pounded down 15 kills. Jenna Howden and Ashley Solvie each produced 13 kills. The list continues with Nicole Solvie (6), Jenna Larsen (5) and Karly Fehr (3).
Ashley Solvie and Cassidy Fehr each had two serving aces. Koral Tolifson batted one serving ace at the Streeters. Solvie (first name N/A) and Larsen each executed two ace blocks while Karly Fehr and Howden each had one. On the defensive side, Riley Decker accumulated 32 digs to lead. Gillespie was in position to produce 27 digs, Cassidy Fehr produced 16, then we have Karly Fehr (14), Tolifson (9), Howden (7), Ashley Solvie (6) and Larsen (5).
Occasionally I check the Morris newspaper website. I'm puzzled, as I'm sure others are, about the valueless nature of the sports link on that site. It has devolved into a mish-mash of mostly non-local stuff. Non-Morris high schools are there, along with Vikings etc., all outside the normal sphere of what you'd expect a site like this to cover.
In the last couple days I tried finding a review of the Morris-Benson football game. I could not find it. I wrote my own post about that game Saturday morning and had it on the web y 11 a.m. The Morris newspaper staff has someone paid to do this. But maybe they would just link to the Willmar paper's very dry coverage.
Our teams deserve better than this. They deserve someone who has their heart in covering the teams, someone who could apply a little pizazz. I invite any and all to visit my sites: "I Love Morris" and "Morris of Course." The radio station is welcome to link to any post I write. If they get a complaint for any reason, they can just pull it.
We're just getting going in an exciting MACA sports year.
Click on the link below to read about the football team's win over ACGC on September 9:
Quick theory: the Morris newspaper isn't anxious to provide anything for which it isn't paid. The paper might say "we need a sponsor." Why? Does it cost anything to put a game review on the website? The paper would just be saying "show us the money." We needn't be so dependent on the paper.
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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