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1988-1989 Volleyball Season
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1988-1989 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: J. Krumwelde, M. Miller, T. Halvorson, L. Fuhrken. Middle Row: A LeBaron, A. Peterson, T. Halvorson, J. DeFiebre, S. Allen, K. Saylor, K. Ortel. Back Row: Assistant Coach K. Anderson, M. Lundheim, D. Cross, Head Coach P. Blair.

When the new South volleyball coach was announced, some thought there must be a mistake.  Paul Blair, a recently retired professional baseball player, who spent 17 years in the major leagues, was going to coach the Tigers?  What would a baseball player know about volleyball?  Maybe the announcement was a mistake and he would be taking over the baseball team.

There was no mistake in the announcement, however there was a mistake in the assumption.  The new coach NEVER played major league baseball.  However, he did know volleyball.  Coach Blair stressed fundamentals, which hopefully will lead to improvement in the team.

South opened the season with what most people believed would be the conference champion, North.  The Polars were shocked by the Tigers, with South upsetting the Polars 3-0!

South then lost to Washburn in a close match, 3-2.

The stressing of the fundamentals was working because South went on a winning streak.  Edison fell 3-0.  Southwest lost 3-2.  Roosevelt went down 3-1.  Henry lost 3-1.  Edison gave the Tigers a run, but fell in the end 3-2.  Five straight wins put the Tigers in a tie with North for the conference lead.

Disappointment occurred when the Tigers met Southwest.  Southwest “upset” the Tigers 3-1.  South finished the conference season with a 3-1 win over Henry.

South played North in the Region 5AA Tournament.  The Polars exacted revenge for their only conference loss of the season, ending South’s season 3-1.

South finished in second place in the Minneapolis City Conference with a 7-2 record. 

Kevin Anderson ran the JV and assisted Coach Blair.