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2016-2017 School Year

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Four teams were expected to challenge for the conference title this season.  Defending champion Washburn, Southwest, Edison, and the Tigers all had legitimate shots at the title.

South opened the season against Robbinsdale Cooper in a non-conference match.  The Tigers won game one, 25-17, but then lost game two 25-18.  The Tigers won game three 25-21. Game four was tied at 24, when the Tigers ran off two points and won the match 3-1.

The non-conference matches continued against Park Center.  The Pirates found the hidden treasure, winning three straight, 25-22, 25-21, 25-18.

Bloomington Kennedy and the Tigers played three tight games, Kennedy won game one 25-18.  Game two went into “overtime” with the Eagles winning 27-25.  Kennedy won the match with a game three win 25-19.

South hoped to end the losing streak against Woodbury.  Woodbury eked out a win in game one, 27-25, then they put on the pressure and won the second and third games by the same 25-12 score.

South opened the conference season against defending champion Washburn.  The Millers showed why they won last year, winning the match easily, 25-14, 25-10, 25-14.

South participated in the Chanhassen Tournament.  The only luck the Tigers had was bad.  The lost all three matches. Rochester John Marshall won 25-14, 25-21.  St. Louis Park won 26-24, 25-11.  Chanhassen won 25-9, 25-13.

The Tigers and Coon Rapids played in a non-conference showdown.  The Cardinal won game one, 25-19.  The Tigers took the second game, 25-21.  The Cardinals won game three 26-24.  The Tigers evened the match at two games apiece, winning 25-23.  In game five, the game was tied at 14, then at 15!  South managed two more points and won game five 17-15, and won the match 3-2.  It was the first win of the season. 

South returned to conference play taking on Roosevelt, followed by Edison, the FAIR.  The Tigers continued winning, beating all three.  Roosevelt lost 25-13, 25-17, 25-15.  Edison went down 25-15, 25-12, 26-24.  FAIR fell 25-7, 25-10, 25-17.

The winning streak ended at the Hopkins Tournament.  South fell to Mankato West 25-23, 25-17 in the first match of the tournament.  New Prague then beat the Tigers 25-20, 25-15.  Park Center also won, 25-22, 25-20.

South took the next match, against North.  The Polars, who have slowly been improving, fell 25-9, 25-12, 25-5.

Robbinsdale Armstrong and the Tigers squared off next.  Armstrong won the first two games 25-9, 25-20.  South claimed the third game, 25-23, but lost the match in the fourth game, 25-10.

Southwest, a perennial thorn in the paw of the Tigers, again beat South.  The math went only three games, 25-18, 25-5, 25-20.

South tool part in the Bloomington Jefferson Tournament.  The opponents claimed the first two matches.  Coon Rapids won 25-23, 25-19.  Bloomington Jefferson won 25-11, 25-16.  South and Park Center split the first two game, 25-14, 17-25, with the Tigers winning game one.  South took the third game and the match 15-9.  The Tigers had an easier time winning against Breck, taking two straight, 25-17, 25-10.  South lost the last match to St. Cloud Tech 2-0, 25-19, 25-10.

The conference season and the regular season ended against Henry.  The Tigers took three straight, 25-16, 25-19, 25-12.

South faced conference co-champion Washburn in the first round of the Region 6AAA Tournament.  The Millers vanquished the Tigers 25-22, 25-22, 25-8, ending the Tigers’ season.

South finished 5-2, in third place in the Minneapolis City Conference.  Overall, the Tigers were 9-16.

Tori Tomlinson completed her second season as head coach.  Wanda Carter and Miller Miller were joined by Taylor Freeman as the assistants.