Stars volleyball starts strong

Sports Editor

The Holy Angels volleyball team, coming off a state tournament trip to end the 2016 season, has picked up where it left off last fall.

(Photo Courtesy of the Academy of Holy Angels Athletics department’s Twitter account)
The Holy Angels volleyball team poses for a photo after securing the Train Tracks Trophy with a 25-8, 25-13, 25-8 win over Richfield Aug. 31.

The Stars currently boast a 2-0 record after picking up a 25-19, 25-16, 25-15 win over St. Paul Central Aug. 29, and a 25-8, 25-13, 25-8 win over Richfield Aug. 31.

“It was a good first week just to get back in the swing of things,” Holy Angels head volleyball coach Tom Emanuel said. “We did some good things and at least we’re playing against other teams and we have an idea of what minor things we need to work up and work on.

“Overall it went pretty well.”

The key to Holy Angels’ success, Emanuel believes? The team’s serving.

“I thought we served really well last week, served pretty tough,” Emanuel said. “That was evident throughout the two matches we had.

“We’re working some kids in, getting them so experience, so it was a good start.”

Holy Angels returns many of the players that helped guide it to state last season, but the Stars are looking to find new starters at the middle hitter and libero positions. So far, Emanuel has been encouraged by what he has seen from new libero Megan Meyer and his middles.

“We put the jersey on Megan Meyer and she had a really good week, she has been working hard,” Emanuel said. “She had a good week in serve receiver, which is important because it gets our offense going.

“Our middles are coming along. Right now we’re just working on keeping it simple, but now we’ve had a couple matches we can see what is working for them from an offensive standpoint, but defensively they have played well.”

Holy Angels, in its opening week of play, was also able to have a fun match when it played Richfield Aug. 31. The Stars, for the first time, battled for the Train Tracks Trophy that began circulating between the two schools late last fall, after the two teams had already played.

“It was a good one, because both of the schools have the Train Tracks trophy, so not only are you playing your opponent, but you’re playing for bragging rights,” Emanuel said. “Being a boys basketball coach, one of the things I reminded the girls of is when our boys got beat how excited the Richfield kids were to get the trophy back, so it means something to the city.”

Holy Angels will look to extend its success when it plays Brooklyn Center at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at Brooklyn Center High School.

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