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2015-2016 School Year
2015-2016 Varsity Team Photo: Players’ names were not listed in the 2016 South Yearbook.

With a new season, came a new head coach.  Tori Tomlinson, took over the reins after last season when Hannah Miller decided to leave the position.  Assistant Coach Mike Miller returned for his fourth season, and Wanda Carter joins the staff as well.

Another change for the season was a new member of the conference, FAIR School, which started in the 1990’s as an inter-district school, became a full Minneapolis school and joined the conference.

South opened the season with a match against DeLaSalle.  The Islanders marooned the Tigers, winning in three straight games, 25-14, 25-16, 25-14.

South and Richfield clashed next.  Richfield won the first two games 25, 22, 25-18.  South came back winning the next two matches by 26-24 scores.  Tied at two game each, Richfield earned the match win with a 15-10 game five win.

South travelled to Rochester to participate in the Century Tournament.  The Tigers first opponent was LeSueur-Henderson, who won 25-12, 25-13.  Austin was next, and also beat the Tigers in two straight, 25-16, 25-16.  Rochester John Marshall beat the Tigers the worst.  South scored a combined 17 points, losing 25-8, 25-9.  Southland put the final nail in the coffin, winning over the Tigers 25-20, 25-12.  South finished the tournament in last place.

South took on Robbinsdale Cooper.  The Hawks won in three, 25-14, 25-10, 25-14.

South’s first conference match was against the “newbie.”  Fair played a very competitive game one, even though the Tigers won 25-20.  South then took control and won the next two 25-8, 25-15, to win their first conference match.

South then travelled to Ogilvie for their second tournament.  South lost to Rush City in two, 25-17, 25-6.  Milaca then won 25-13, 28-26.  South claimed their first non-conference win of the season, when they defeated Two Harbors, 25-22, 25-15).  Against the host team, Ogilvie, South claimed the first game 25-21.  Ogilvie came back and won game two and three, 25-15, 15-10.  South finished 1-3 in the tournament.

South returned to conference competition against Henry.  The Patriots battled against the Tigers.  South won the first game 27-25.  They also took game two 25-14.  Henry claimed game three 25-21.  South took the match with a win in game four 25-16.

Roosevelt was the next conference victim for the Tigers.  South beat the Teddies in three straight, 25-15, 25-14, 25-19.  Edison also fell in three, 25-15, 25-21, 25-23.

South and Washburn faced off and the Tigers’ three match winning streak came to an end.  The Millers claimed three in a row, 25-5, 25-11, 25-20.

South then lost 3-0 to Bloomington Kennedy, 25-15, 25-21, 25-22.

South took on the Lakers from Southwest.  The Lakers have not lost a conference match since the 2006-07 school year.  They kept rolling against the Tigers, winning 25-11, 25-16, 25-19.

The Tigers participated in the Bloomington Jefferson Tournament on October 10.  South lost three of the four matches played.  The Tigers first lost to Bloomington Kennedy 25-18, 25-10.  The lost the second match to Park of Cottage Grove, 25-18, 25-17.  The then lost to St. Louis Park in two, 25-13, 25-9.  The only match the Tigers won was against Breck, 25-21, 25-21.

South played their last conference match against North and the Polars fell in three, 25-18, 25-12, 25-11.  The shocker came after the match was over, when news hit the team that Southwest finally lost a conference match!  Washburn claimed the conference championship.

South finished the regular season with a 3-0 loss to Maranatha Christian Academy, 25-20, 25-19, 25-19.

The Tigers played Southwest in the Region 6AAA Tournament, and the Lakers again won 25-18, 25-15, 25-23.  The Tigers’ season was over.

South finished with a 5-2 conference record, in third place.  Overall, the Tigers were 7-18.  Two players were named to the All-Conference team, both seniors, Jenisis Fonder, and Elizabeth Francis.