Zimmerman volleyball

The Zimmerman Thunder won the first two games but could not complete the job in a conference match against Becker on Tuesday evening. The Bulldogs prevailed 21-25, 23-25, 25-21, 25-16, 16-14. Brooke Borchardt logged 22 kills, 13 digs and three aces for the Thunder (0-3 conference, 8-5 overall). Gabby Antolak had 12 kills, Catherine Lewandowski [...]

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The Zimmerman Thunder won three of four matches at the Big Lake tournament on Saturday. The Thunder (8-4) beat Hibbing 17-25, 25-17, 15-13; beat Foley 25-11, 25-10; lost to Willmar 25-23, 28-26; and beat Big Lake 25-14, 22-25, 15-13. Brooke Borchardt notched 42 kills, 10 aces, 14 kills blocks and 19 digs in the tournament. [...]

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  The Milaca Wolves stymied Zimmerman 25-22, 25-8, 25-18 on Tuesday evening in Zimmerman. The Wolves made few mistakes while the Thunder committed numerous hitting and receiving errors. Molly Bank, nimble 6-foot sophomore, led the Milaca attack and frustrated the Thunder with several stuff blocks. Milaca is 2-1 in the Granite Ridge and 5-4 overall. [...]

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The Zimmerman Thunder won three of four matches at the Pine City tournament on Saturday. The Thunder (5-2) beat Unity (WI) 26-24, 27-25; lost to Braham 26-24, 25-16; beat Hinckley-Finlayson 18-25, 25-17, 16-14; and beat Moose Lake-Willow River 25-6, 25-20. Brooke Borchardt led with 43 kills, nine aces, eight kill blocks and 31 digs in [...]

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The Zimmerman Thunder pulled out a close four-game duel with the Rockford Rockets 20-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-23 at Rockford on Thursday evening. “We struggled in the first game, with many unforced errors,” said coach Cassandra Olson, “but came back strong in the next three to beat a very good Rockford team. ” Brooke Borchardt delivered [...]

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THUNDER FOOTBALL   Coach — Tom Kish … Assistants Zach Eidelbes, Bob Freeh, Chris Riley, Mike Cross Last year — 5-2 conference, 6-4 overall Returning starters — Noah Lunning (sr RB-S), Andrew Nixon (jr RB), Cody Thompson (sr WR-S), Nick Hasslan (sr WR), Dustin Neseth (sr C), Eli Mullenbach (sr DL), Austin Tretbar (sr LB), [...]

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The Zimmerman Thunder shook off a slow start and defeated the Princeton Tigers 25-19, 20-25, 25-17, 25-16 in the volleyball opener Thursday evening. It was a successful debut for new head coach Cassandra Olson, former assistant to Rita Belka, who resigned. Princeton took a quick 10-0 lead on the serving of junior outside hitter Jaydee [...]

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  Nikki O’Keefe, three-time all-conference outside hitter at Zimmerman, has signed with Iowa Lakes Community College. O’Keefe is the Thunder career leader in digs and ace serves and ranks second in kills. Iowa Lakes is a Division II level team located in Esterville.

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Rita Belka has resigned as Zimmerman’s volleyball coach, after a five-year tenure in which she energized the program. Cassandra Olson, her assistant, a former athletic star in high school and college, has been named the new head coach, announced Jaime Hilyar, activities director. Belka took over a sagging program [...]

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