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Monticello fine tunes at Annandale scrimmage

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Monticello volleyball prepared for the season by taking part in a varsity scrimmage held at Annandale High School on Friday, Aug. 16, at 8 a.m. to noon.

The Magic looked strong as they took to the court in their black practice shirts coining the teams’ yearly hashtag, #ProveIt.

Annandale, Sauk Rapids-Rice, Maple Lake, Litchfield, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winstead and Dassel-Cokato were among the teams Monticello was competing against at Fridays scrimmage.

None of the teams attending the Annandale scrimmage are in Monticello’s conference. However, Sauk Rapids-Rice is in Monticello’s section. The scrimmage gives the volleyball team a chance to play against bigger schools and it provides Monticello with the confidence they need going into the regular season.

Joy White, the volleyball assistant coach said the reason they take part in this scrimmage is because of the great competition.

“Maple Lake is always a state tournament contender and everyone who is at the scrimmage has a really strong program,” White said. “So, it’s good to see good competition right away and just kind of see how everything will fall into place this season.”

White and Beth Modaff, the head coach, have been coaching together for three years and have been invited to this scrimmage for all three years as well.

“It’s close to home, which is great, but more importantly it has a lot of great competition,” Modaff said. “It always gives us a nice baseline to see where we are, how we are stacking up against tough competition, and what we really need to focus on before our matches begin.”

White said the team has been working hard in practice and has been trying to gain as much experience as they can before the regular season.

“The girls were in the gym 20 hours the week prior to that for tryouts, in the gym all summer long June and July for five to six hours a week and then they did two team camps as well, one at North Western and one at Concordia,” White said.

The Magic volleyball team lost four seniors last season: outside hitter Abi Bartlett, outside hitter Rylie Kagel, right side hitter Marin Thornton, and setter Alyssa Johnson. Sydney Lemke is the only senior this year and she will be taking Johnson’s place as the 2019 setter.

Modaff and White will be working with a lot of younger athletes this season. White said she saw some players stand out at the Friday scrimmage.

“I think they played together beautifully as a team so I think the season looks very promising,” White said.

According to the Minnesota Volleyball Hub website, last year the Monticello team had an overall standing of 11-18-0. And a season record of 4-5 in the Mississippi 8 Conference.

Monticello gets the chance to showcase all of their hard work during the off-season at their first match at Monticello High School against St. Cloud Tech at 7 p.m.

Modaff will also be accepting her 2019 coach of the year award before the first match. Come cheer on the Magic and support Modaff in this great achievement.

Reach Jessie Meyen at jessie.meyen@ecm-inc.com

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