Volleyball: Maple Lake downs Thunder

The Zimmerman Thunder lost to Maple Lake 3-0 at home Thursday evening. The scores were 25-20, 25-21, 25-15.

“Maple Lake has a nice team that went to the state tournament last year and was playing in their seventh match this season,” noted Thunder coach Rita Belka. “This was a great game for us to get a read on what we need to work on. We start conference play on Tuesday.”

Nikki O’Keefe notched 11 kills, Brooke Borchardt nine, Amber Meleen five, and Cassie Ortberg four for the Thunder (1-1). Meleen made 31 assists. Ortberg and Borchardt made seven digs each, and O’Keefe and Bailey Bircher-Keymes six each.

The Thunder will open Granite Ridge Conference play on Tuesday at conference newcomer Becker, their former Mississippi 8 rival.