Zimmerman volleyball

  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor The Zimmerman Thunder are one win from the state tournament, farther than they’ve ever gone, after repelling St. Anthony Village 3-1 in the Section 5AA semifinals at home Thursday evening. “Words can’t explain it,” gushed four-year veteran Nikki O’Keefe, misty-eyed, about the thrill of having a shot at state. [...]

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  The Zimmerman Thunder are two wins from a state tournament trip in volleyball after beating the Rockford Rockets 3-0 Tuesday night. After a slow start, the Thunder found their groove and rolled to a 25-20, 25-21, 25-12 victory at home in the Section 5AA quarterfinals. The sweep was punctuated by four straight aces by [...]

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  The Zimmerman Thunder, seeded No. 2 in their section, rolled past Blake 25-14, 25-11, 25-13 in their playoff opener on Tuesday evening at home. The Thunder (19-7) will  host No. 7 Rockford (7-18) Tuesday in the second round of the 15-team Section 5AA tournament. Top seed is Maple Lake (16-11), which beat the Thunder [...]

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Zimmerman closed its best-ever regular season with a 25-17, 25-21, 25-22 conquest of Milaca at home on Tuesday evening. The Thunder will take an 18-7 record into the playoffs. They finished 9-3 in the Granite Ridge Conference for third place among nine teams. Milaca dropped to 2-10 in conference and 6-17 overall. Brooke Borchardt, 6-foot-1 [...]

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The Zimmerman Thunder scuttled the Princeton Tigers 25-10, 27-25, 26-24 at home on Thursday evening, a three-game sweep with two very close games. “Great team win. Everyone played, and played well. Princeton fought hard,” assessed coach Rita Belka. Amanda Meleen provided 29 assists, 6 digs, and 3 aces for the Thunder. Brooke Borchardt made 12 [...]

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The Mora Mustangs beat the Zimmerman Thunder for the second time this season, 25-20, 25-18, 21-25, 25-11, on Tuesday evening in Zimmerman. For the Thunder, Brooke Borchardt had 13 kills and six digs; Nikki O’Keefe 11 kills, eight digs and five aces; Amber Magnuson five kills; Bailey Bircher Keynes five digs; Cassie Ortberg nine digs; [...]

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The Zimmerman Thunder lost two close matches before salvaging one win at the Braham tournament on Saturday. Kimball edged the Thunder 20-25, 26-24, 15-12, and Apollo beat them 24-26, 25-18, 15-5. The Thunder (15-6) beat Braham 25-13, 25-18. They will host Mora on Tuesday evening.

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The Zimmerman Thunder swept the Princeton Tigers 25-23, 25-19, 25-14 on Thursday evening in Princeton. Amanda Meleen supplied 28 assists, 3 blocks and 100-percent serving.  Brooke Borchardt made14 kills  6 digs, and 12 blocks. Nikki O’Keefe delivered 8 kills 10 digs, and 3 aces. Amber Magnuson added 6 kills and Gabby Antolak 3 kills. “Great [...]

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