Posted On: 10/26/20 2:05 PM
The easiest place to get points is from the service line. Whether it is a jump serve, float, top or spot serve, the quickest place to regain momentum is from the end line. These 3 have some of the best.
Wayzata - No surprise here. The defending state champions of AAA know how to pick apart their opponent’s offense even from over 30 feet away. Their squad offers a variety of styles. From their big hitters to their defensive specialists they can all generate chaos immediately following the whistle. So far this season in their first four matches, they earned 29 aces. Leading the way is sophomore, libero, Sophia Johnson. She has two jobs: defense and serving, and she is great at both. In a recent win over Hopkins she had 8 aces along with 8 digs. When she comes into the game, she is going for it and serves tough while keeping her errors down. Likewise, senior Avery Seesz knows she has limited time to impact play before they sub in their 6-foot (plus) hitters in the front. She is on track to average 2-3 a game. Other players with hard to pass serves include: Katy RiviereKatyRiviere5'11" | RSWayzata | 2022StateMN (5’11’’ RS; 2022), Ella Voegele (5’6’’ DS; 2022) and Stella Swanson (6’1’’ S; 2024.) Minnetona - Their 5-0 record proves they are on a mission this season. They have servers who can generate so much speed, power and precisions it is hard for their opponents to get a playable ball and in the Lake conference, aces can be hard to come by. Leading the way is junior, Morgan Ryan. She had an incredible 17 aces against Buffalo but typically has around 2 per match. As a team they have managed are only short a few from 100 aces (in 5 matches.) Other players with who consistently add to the team’s serving power include: Macy Osenga (5’3’’ DS, 2022), Morgan Rooney (5’7’’ DS; 2021), Abby StanwoodAbbyStanwood5'9" | OHMinnetonka | 2022StateMN (5’9’’ OH; 2022), and Kali EngemanKaliEngeman6'1" | MHMinnetonka | 2021StateMN (6’1’’ MH; 2021) Canby - The last team on our list has a handful of athletes in the top 30 for service aces. Canby is leading the Camden South conference and rely heavily on their servers. Paige Nelson, Maya Wente, Kyla Rangaard, M. Janiszeski, and Rachel Harding all have come close to or already surpassed 20 aces in the first two weeks. They have yet to play their toughest conference teams but it looks to be a promising year if they can manage to maintain even half of the ace serves.