Blossoms hustle to a sweep over Rebels

Published 10:30 pm Monday, October 1, 2018

ADAMS —The Blooming Prairie volleyball team received the momentum boost it was looking for when Julia Worke made a play she likely won’t soon forget as the Awesome Blossoms swept Southland by scores of 25-9, 25-19, 25-10 in Adams Monday.

The Awesome Blossoms (8-12 overall) were leading the third game 6-2 when Worke dove to make a dig, only to have another hit come her way while she was still on the ground. Instead of dodging the ball or trying to get up quick, Worke stayed on the ground and she was able to make another dig while lying face down on the court.

Blooming Prairie’s Julia Worke goes up for a hit against Southland in Adams Monday. Rocky Hulne/

“I have marks on my arm now and it was really bad,” said Worke, who finished with 10 kills and nine digs. “I just looked up and it was coming at my face. I just had to react.”

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That dig led to a BP point and the Blossoms ended up scoring five more points after that to go up 11-2. BP senior Rachael Oswald, who had five kills and eight digs, said Worke’s hustle gave the team a lift that it needed to finish things off.

“That really helped,” Oswald said. “That was a laughing moment where we we knew we could get back in it. We stuck together.”

Southland’s Kelsey Mensink goes up for a hit against Blooming Prairie in Adams Monday. Rocky Hulne/

The match was delayed for about 20-minutes after the national anthem due to an issue with the net. But it didn’t slow down BP as Heather Pirkl opened things up with a nine-point serving run in the first game.

Work said BP made the most out of the break before the action.

“We just had fun before the game,” Worke said. “We were getting energized so we could come in and get the win.”

Southland’s Laura Bottema makes a pass against Blooming Prairie in Adams Monday. Rocky Hulne/

Southland (0-15 overall) has shuffled different lineups throughout the season and the team has had to play a mix of young and old players as it looks to make improvements within the program.

“We’re trying to give them a team concept as much as we can. We’re building,” Southland head coach Lisa Hovde said. “Unfortunately it’s hard for the seniors, but they’re fighting just as hard as anyone out there and I’m proud of them. They’re willing to jump in and play wherever I put them, even if they’re not used to it. That’s a big thing.”

Lexi Smith and Laura Bottema each had two kills against BP.

Blooming Prairie’s Heather Pirkl makes a set against the Rebels in Adams Monday. Rocky Hulne/

BP stats: Julia Worke,  3 ace serves, 10 kills, 9 digs; Micalyn Trihus, 2 ace serves, 15 kills, 10 digs; Heather Pirkl, 2 ace serves, 28 assists, 11 digs; Rachael Oswald, 2 ace serves, 5 kills, 8 digs

Southland stats: Lexi Smith 2 kills, 4 digs; Laura Bottema, 2 kills, 4 set assists; Kendra Emanuel, 2 kills; Larissa Goslee, 4 set assists; Kayla Nelsen, 4 digs

Southland’s Larissa Goslee sets the ball against Blooming Prairie in Adams Monday. Rocky Hulne/