The Northfield girls volleyball team had a great season last year. The Raiders won the Big Nine Conference for the third year in a row. They finished 27-1 in the regular season with their only loss to No.1 ranked Eagan. Northfield was also ranked nationally, finished second in the prestigious Apple Valley tournament, and finished the regular season as the no.1 seed in section 1AAA. But the Raiders fortunes changed as they were upset in the section semi-final to Lakeville South in five games.
But this year, the Raiders are looking for redemption, and they have the talent to achieve the goal of making the state tournament.
Emma TorstensonEmmaTorstenson5'11" | LNorthfield | 2021StateMN
-L/DS-Class of 2021
Committed to the University of Colorado. One of the best players in the state, Torstenson was first-team all-state last year. She’s been on varsity since eighth grade and a starter since her freshman year. Torstenson has very few weaknesses in her game. She’s a tenacious defender, leading the Raiders in both digs and serve receptions. She made one of the plays of the year in the section semi-final against Lakeville South, with a leg kick that turned out to be a point for Northfield.
Sylvia KoenigSylviaKoenig6'1" | MBNorthfield | 2021StateMN
-MH-Class of 2021
Committed Miami of Ohio. Koenig’s first year on varsity ended up being a great one, leading the team in blocks and finishing third in kills. Koenig’s all-around play didn’t go unnoticed as Miami(Ohio) offered her a spot on the roster and she accepted.
Megan ReillyMeganReilly6'0" | OHNorthfield | 2021StateMN
-OH- Class of 2021
Uncommitted. Reilly is one of the top players in the state of Minnesota that has yet to commit to a college. She’s being recruited heavily by many schools after a terrific junior year in which Reilly led the Raiders in kills with 394 and was second on the team in hitting percentage. Her leaping ability and her proficiency in terminating the point are one of the best in the state.
Rachel WieberRachelWieber6'0" | OHNorthfield | 2021StateMN
-DS/OH- Class of 2021
Committed to Southern Utah University. One of the best all-around players on the team and the state. Despite being injured, and playing just over 50 percent of the teams’ sets, Wieber finished second in kills, second in serve receptions, and fourth in digs. Wieber is a terrific offensive and defensive player.
Lauren Wellbrock-DS/OH-Class of 2021
Primarily a defensive specialist, Wellbrock was thrust into more offensive duty with the injury to Wieber. And she responded in a big way finishing sixth on the team in kills, fifth in aces and continued her excellent defensive play with 66 kills.
Annelise LarsonAnneliseLarson5'9" | MHNorthfield | 2023StateMN
-MH-Class of 2023
Larson contributed mightily as a freshman. After not starting the season, she came on partly through the season and started the rest of Northfield’s matches. And she played well, finishing second on the team in blocks, third in hitting percentage, and fifth in blocks while playing only about 75 percent of the sets played for the season.
Sydney JaynesSydneyJaynes5'10" | LNorthfield | 2023StateMN
- OH/DS-Class of 2023
Jaynes’ contributions were two-fold for the Raiders. Not only did James play a lot in the absence of Wieber, but she also played well on both ends of the floor. Her 186 digs were third on the team, and her 32 aces were fifth. When Wieber came back from injury, Jaynes often came into the match when Northfield needed a big serve.