Zimmerman volleyball

A challenge by Zimmerman was met and repelled by the Albany Huskies on Tuesday evening. The Huskies solidified their hold on first place in Granite Ridge Conference with a 25-15, 25-17, 25-18 conquest of the Thunder in Albany. “We struggled passing,” said Thunder coach Rita Belka. “They are a good team and they took us […]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor There are some athletes who can really bring the hammer down. Zimmerman volleyball is fortunate to have one of those in Nikki O’Keefe, whose powerful spikes and serves have helped the Thunder win 14 of 17 matches so far. And it’s a huge bonus that this fourth-year starter is also […]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor The Zimmerman Thunder overcame a pair of furious streaks by St. Cloud Cathedral and beat the Crusaders 25-18, 25-20, 23-25, 25-18 at home on Tuesday evening. Powerful serving by Nikki O’Keefe sparked the win that put the Thunder in position to challenge for conference lead next Tuesday when first-place […]

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The Zimmerman Thunder rallied in all three games and swept the Little Falls Flyers 25-21, 25-18, 26-24 on Thursday evening in Little Falls. Thunder kill leaders were Brooke Borchardt with 13, Amber Magnuson with  11 and Nikki O’Keefe with 10. Amanda Meleen made 36 assists.  O’Keefe also made 21 digs and three  aces. Borchardt added […]

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The Princeton Tigers took charge in the last 32 minutes and pulled away from the Zimmerman Thunder 5-0 on Tuesday evening in Princeton. Gabby Henke and Bridget Walters scored two goals each and Alana Mattson had the other for the  Tigers (4-0-1 conference, 6-2-2 overall), who share the Granite Ridge lead with St. Cloud Cathedral. […]

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  The Zimmerman Thunder made a nice recovery to win the first game, then went on to sweep the Foley Falcons 25-23, 25-21, 25-13 at home on Tuesday evening. Zimmerman led 22-17 in game one, but Foley kept the pressure on, and the Thunder fell behind 23-22 with some shaky serve-receiving. However, a tip for […]

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The Zimmerman Thunder extended their win streak to nine before falling in the finals of the Big Lake Invitational on Saturday. The Thunder (11-3) beat Irondale 25-17, 25-19; beat Hibbing 27-25, 25-14; and beat Big Lake 25-14, 25-19 before Watertown-Mayer headed them off 25-21, 25-16. “Overall a great day. We struggled in the  championship game […]

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  The Zimmerman Thunder won their sixth straight match, serving 15 aces in a 25-13, 25-15, 25-16 win over the Milaca Wolves on Thursday evening in Milaca. “We were able to take Milaca out of their game by our tough serving,” said coach Rita Belka. “They struggled greatly trying to pass Nikki’s serve, which allowed […]

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  The Zimmerman Thunder are 7-2 after topping the Becker Bulldogs 25-17, 19-25, 25-22, 25-21 in a conference match  at home Tuesday evening. “Good match for us,” said coach Rita Belka. “The team is still learning how to work together.” Nikki O’Keefe and Brooke Borchardt each knocked down 13 kills for the Thunder (2-1  conference). […]

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