Roseau Volleyball Relying on Defense to Get Back to State


SEASON IN A WEEK AGAINST A FAMILIAR FOE, THE ROSEAU RAMS. THE RAMS HAVE HAD AN IMPRESSIVE RUN OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS, MAKING IT TO THE SECTION TITLE GAME THREE TIMES AND WINNING IT IN 2017 TO ADVANCE TO THE STATE TOURNAMENT. ROSEAU IS EAGER TO GET BACK TO SECTION CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY, WHERE THEY MIGHT SEE PARK RAPIDS FOR THE THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR, WHO BEAT THEM LAST YEAR IN THREE GAMES.>>IT’S BEEN FUN PLAYING FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS. AND THIS YEAR HOPEFULLY IT IS LIKE A TIE BREAKER. WE HAVE WON ONE. THEY HAVE WON ONE. TIME TO FINISH IT.>>BUT BEFORE THEY THINK PLAYOFFS, THEY’LL HAVE TO REPLACE FOUR KEY SENIORS FROM LAST YEAR’S TEAM. LEADING THE WAY ARE THREE SENIORS, INCLUDING MIDDLE RYLIE BERKLIE WHO WILL PLAY FOR BSU NEXT SEASON. THE TEAM’S STRENGTHS INCLUDE THEIR VERSATILITY AND DEFENSE WHICH HEAD COACH BECKY HAYDEN SAYS IS BETTER THIS PRESEASON THAN SHE’S SEEN IN THE PAST. AND IT BETTER BE GOOD WITH ONLY ONE PLAYER OVER 5 FOOT 8, THEY’LL NEED TO PLAY STRONG DEFENSE TO STICK AROUND WITH TALLER TEAMS.>>I THINK THEY JUST HAVE TO BE MENTAL TOUGH. I THINK THAT’S WHERE IT’S COME IN IS THE MENTAL SIDE OF IT IS THEY CAN HIT HARD, BUT WE’RE GOOD ON DEFENSE AND WE CAN GET SCRAPPY AND KEEP GETTING THAT BALL GOING AND SOME OF THOSE BALL WILL GO OUR WAY.>>FIRST PASS IS THE BIGGEST PASS OF THE GAME FOR SURE, GET IT SET UP AND KILL OFF THAT. WE HAVE GOOD PASSES, DO THAT FOR SURE.>>THE RAMS START THEIR SEASON IN TWO DAYS WHEN THEY HOST EAST GRAND FORKS. THEN OF COURSE THAT MATCH-UP ON

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