October 27, 2018
What you seniors have accomplished in your career is amazing! You are great athletes but most of all amazing people. Dream big, work hard, put others first because each one of you deserve all the success and happiness in the world. Thank your commitment and great memories!
October 27, 2018
Congratulations on a wonderful season! There is so much pride in this hard working, caring, fun loving group. This group is filled with athletes that push each other to be their best and I am so blessed to have the opportunity to coach you! Thank you for the memories!
Berndt Named MCAC Defensive Player of the Week
By Craig Olson - Fergus Falls, MN
Pelican Rapids High School graduate Taylor Berndt, a freshman defensive specialist for the M State lady Spartans volleyball team, has been named the MCAC Defensive Player of the Week.
The nationally ranked (#6) lady Spartans were 2-1 last week with Berndt contributing 53 digs across three matches, including 25 against Western Technical College and 23 against Rochester Community and Technical College.
Paige Wallevand, a sophomore at Central Lakes Community College in Brainerd and a Henning High School graduate, earned All-Around Player of the Week honors for the top ranked Raiders. She had 60 assists, 13 kills with only one error and hit .462 with four blocks while picking up 22 digs in a 2-0 Northern Division week which improved the Raiders record to 14-1 overall. They are unbeaten in conference play.
September 20, 2018
Congratulations to Kaylie Isaman on achieving her 1000 dig tonight! We are so proud of your great accomplishment.
September 13, 2018
Great conference sweep tonight at DGF!
August 14, 2018
Online fan gear is here. Please order your 2018 fan gear by September 3rd to support your favorite volleyball team!
Pelican Rapids Volleyball (Season Preview)
By Craig Olson - Pelican Rapids, MN
The Pelican Rapids volleyball team had their best overall (19-7) record and Heart O' Lakes Conference (13-3) record in over a decade in 2017 with seventeen of their nineteen wins coming in 3-0 sweeps of their opponent. The Vikings lost a pair of three year starters and three other players who saw a lot of varsity court time to graduation, however, they also return a solid core for the 2018 season.
"We had a great senior class that will be greatly missed," acknowledged Head Coach Heidi Isaman, now in her eighth year. "Three-year starters Jessica Weinrich (Middle Hitter) and Taylor Berndt (Outside Hitter) will be greatly missed as Jessica was our kill and blocking leader and Taylor as our power outside plus one of our defensive leaders. Taylor is playing at M State in Fergus Falls. Outside hitter Grace Johnson added a lot of offense for us, as did right side hitter Morgan Berg. Rachel Gottenborg was a defensive specialist that played a major role in our success last year as well."
Returning for the Vikings are 3-year starting setter Sarah Thompson, 4-year starter Kaylie Isaman, 2-year starter Adrianna Torres, senior Grace Peterson and junior Ryley Paulson.
"Sarah will bring her leadership and experience to the court," said Coach Isaman. "She has great vision for the court and will need to run our offense. Kaylie will play a major role again this year. She was our libero and is our top serve receiver who will need to lead our defense. Her leadership, communication and experience will be big assets to the team. Adrianna brings strength, competitiveness and leadership to the court and will be a major offensive leader and may play a larger role on the defensive end as well. Grace will see more court time on the defensive end this year and Ryley will be more active on the offensive end."
Junior Riley Berg, sophomore Greta Tollefson, junior Janea Flemming and sophomnore Anna Stephenson will also be in the varsity mix.
"Riley is an all-around player who could get significant minutes this season," noted Coach Isaman. "Greta saw a little varsity time last year but she is strong and competitive and could really help us as a middle blocker and hitter. Anna is extremely athletic and can play all the way around. I look for her to see significant time on the court. Janea showed great improvement on the JV last year and could also really help us on the offensive end."
Isaman will be assisted by Marie Cupkie (JV) and Amanda Belz (B Squad). She sees Barnesville as the team to beat in the conference with DGF and Perham always competing for the HOL title. She also feels that Menahga, Sebeka and Underwood will all be in contention in Section 6A.
"We graduated five major role players and our newcomers don't have a lot of varsity experience," concluded Isaman. "We are not as deep on the defensive end so more girls will have to play both front and back row which will be a challenge. Finding our right combination of lineups might be a challenge right away and finding our flow in that lineup."
June 14, 2018: Great week of camp with this hard working group. Lots of improvement throughout the week!
June 1, 2018: Great week of camp with these tough ladies!! Viking Volleyball future is bright!!
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Berndt Commits to M State-Fergus Falls for Volleyball
By Press Release - Fergus Falls, MN
Taylor Berndt, senior outside hitter from Pelican Rapids High School, has signed a
national letter of intent to play volleyball for the Minnesota State Community and Technical College Spartans.
Taylor has 4 years of varsity volleyball experience and as a junior was named to the All-Conference team
and as a senior was named teamed captain and All-Conference Honorable Mention.
“I’ve had the opportunity to watch Taylor play the last few years and am so excited that
she will be joining our team next fall,” said Spartan volleyball coach Abby Crowser.
“She is a great all-around playerwho is strong at the net and in the backrow.
Her versatility will be a huge asset to our team.”
Taylor is the daughter of Joe and Heather Berndt of Pelican Rapids.