Vikings fall to FBA

Published 10:44 pm Saturday, October 27, 2012

Hayfield's Katelyn Bjornson attempts a block against Faribault Bethlehem Academy in the Section 1A West Division volleyball semifinals in Mayo Civic Center in Rochester Saturday. The Vikings lost to FBA in three games. -- Rocky Hulne/

ROCHESTER — The Hayfield volleyball team ran into a roadblock when it lost to top-seeded Faribault Bethlehem Academy in three games in the Section 1A West Division semifinals at Mayo Civic Center in Rochester Saturday.

FBA (21-7 overall) won the match by scores of 25-10, 25-14, 25-19.

Hayfield's Dani Wagner attempts a block on hit by Faribault Bethlehem Acadmey's Maddie Borwege in Mayo Civic Center in Rochester Saturday. -- Rocky Hulne/

No. 4 Hayfield showed a lot more fire in the third game as Bhrett Zahnle served an ace in the middle of a three-point Viking run that saw them pull to within 22-18.

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“They’re good,” Hayfield head coach Kim Severson said of FBA. “We knew it was gonna be hard, but that third game is more how we play. It’s too bad that it took two games to get going. In the first two games it wasn’t us out there.”

Hayfield (17-7 overall) may not have been able to match the Cardinals’ hitting, but it did make FBA earn most of its points.

The Vikings showed a lot of hustle throughout the night and Zahnle, a sophomore libero, showed how bad she wanted it when she dove for a dig right next to her own team’s bench in the second game.

“It’s just an honor to be playing out there (with the varsity) and getting to know everybody has been a fun experience,” Zahnle said.

Hayfield fell into a 14-3 hole to open the first game as it struggled to find a rhythm early on.

The Vikings will return much of their lineup next season, but the team will graduate senior setter Rachel Czaplewski, who has been Hayfield’s top setter the past two seasons.

Severson, who just finished her first year as head coach, said her team could come back strong next year.

“We have a lot of things to learn and we have a lot of things we can improve on,” she said. “We’ll get in the gym, work hard and hopefully get better.”

Hayfield stats: Dani Wagner, 9 kills, 7 digs, 2 blocks; Rachel Czaplewski, 3 kills, 8 assists, 1 block; Jessie Foster, 4 kills, 11 assists, 3 digs; Syd Tapp, 4 kills, 4 digs, 1 blocks; Jo Bungum, 4 kills, 9 digs; Bhrett Zahnle 6 digs, 2 aces