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2017-2018 School Year

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Hoping to improve over last season, the Tigers took the floor for opening practice in mid-August.  With an experienced team, everyone believed they could contend for numerous titles.

This season, the conference was cut by one team as FAIR and Henry combined to form one squad.  Also, two other schools joined the conference with Heritage Academy joining with Edison and Wellstone International forming a cooperative with Roosevelt.

South opened the season with three straight non-conference matches.  First on the list was Park Center.  The Pirates won games one and two, 25-12, 25-19.  The Tigers took game three 26-24.  Park Center won the match with a game four win 25-18.

The Tigers earned their first win of the season over Bloomington Kennedy.  The Eagles fell in three straight games, 25-21, 25-7, 25-17.

Against Robbinsdale Cooper, South took game one, 25-19.  After that, it was all the Hawks, winning the next three games 25-19, 25-8, 25-17.

South opened the conference portion of the schedule against Washburn.  The Tigers took control in game one, winning 25-23.  But, the Millers were not to be stopped. Washburn won the next three games and the match, 25-13, 25-10, 25-16.

In another non-conference match, the Tigers faced White Bear Lake.  The Bears won in three straight, 25-23, 25-19, 25-18.

Returning to conference action, the Tigers and Teddies faced off.  Roosevelt pushed the Tigers in game one, when the match went to “overtime.”  South eked out a 30-28 win.  With the wind seemingly out of Roosevelt’s sails, South took the next to games 25-12, 25-20, and won their second match of the season.

The Tigers went to Hopkins to participate in a tournament which featured many teams South may face in the Region tournament.  Unfortunately, luck was not with the Tigers, losing all four games.  Robbinsdale Armstrong was on the ropes after game one, when the Tigers won 26-24, but the Falcons bounced back winning the next two games 25-20, 15-8.  St. Louis Park won two straight by the same 25-20 scores.  The match against Orono seemed like a replay of the Armstrong match.  South won game one, 25-21, only to fall in the next two games 25-18, 15-7.  In game four, Robbinsdale Cooper beat the Tigers 25-23, 25-19.

A week later, the Tigers participated in the Chanhassen Tournament.  The results were similar to the prior week, with the Tigers losing all four matches.  Minnetonka won the first match 25-11, 25-13.  Rochester John Marshall won 2-1, 25-17, 25-27, 15-5.  Edina lost game one but rallied to win the match 19-25, 25-15, 15-11.  Cambridge-Isanti and the Tigers split the first two games, with the Bluejackets taking game three.  The games scores were 25-18, 23-25, 15-12.

South and Richfield faced off next, with the Tigers winning three consecutive games, 25-6, 25-7, 25-8.

Returning to conference action, the Tigers and North played.  South won the second consecutive match, 25-10, 25-7, 25-13.

South’s short winning streak came to an end against Simley, where the Tigers lost 25-13,2 5-18, 25-15.

Eventual conference champion Southwest defeated the Tigers, but it was not easy.  Southwest won the first game 25-15, but then the Tigers put on the pressure.  The Lakers won game two by a slim 25-21 score, then needed extra time to win game three, 26-24.

South returned to the winning side of the coin beating Edison.  The Tommies won game one, 25-22, but South roared back to take the next three games, 25-10, 25-16, 25-13.

Henry and South wrapped up the conference season.  The Tigers finished on a winning note, taking the match in three straight, 25-10, 25-7, 25-18.

South participated in the Bloomington Jefferson Tournament on October 14.  The Tigers lost the Northfield 25-14, 25-5.  Spring Lake Park beat South 25-15, 25-16.  South claimed a win over Bloomington Kennedy in two close games, 25-23, 26-24.  Park of Cottage Grove beat the Tigers 2-0.  The games scores were not reported.

South finished the regular season against St. Paul Central.  The Tigers finished the season on a winning note.  Central lost three straight, 25-17, 25-21, 25-20.

In the Region 6AAA Tournament, South faced Washburn.  The Tigers took game one 25-21, with the Millers taking the next three games 25-12, 25-14, 25-11.

South finished the season with a 4-2 conference record in third place.  Overall, the Tigers were 8-18.  Three Tigers were named to the All-Conference Team: senior Kaila Anderson, junior SiSi Mitchell and sophomore Ellie Meier.

Tori Tomlinson again served as head coach with Wanda Carter, Taylor Freeman and Mike Miller as the assistants.