Elliott: Sauk Centre's Weller will help SCSU volleyball

Elliott: Sauk Centre's Weller will help SCSU volleyball

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Elliott: Sauk Centre's Weller will help SCSU volleyball

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A desire to help St. Cloud State turn its volleyball program around prompted Sauk Centre’s Macy Weller to offer the Huskies a verbal commitment.

“I feel like the program is going in the right direction,” Weller said. “They’ve got a young team with a lot of freshmen and sophomores and they’re making a lot of progress.

“And I like the idea of getting a full ride.”

Weller is a 5-foot-10 senior middle hitter for one of the best teams in the state. Sauk Centre is ranked fourth in Class 2A, is unbeaten and can earn its third straight state berth by beating Dassel-Cokato at 2 p.m. today for the Section 6-2A championship.

The match takes place at the College of St. Benedict’s Claire Lynch Hall in St. Joseph. And it has been a real good place for the 31-0 Mainstreeters, who have tied a school record for wins.

Leading the way has been Weller, who was the Times’ player of the year as a junior. She’s very athletic and a three-sport athlete who stars on Sauk Centre’s girls basketball team and has run in the state track meet.

And while the Mainstreeters have impressive depth and are loaded with experienced seniors, Weller clearly is a key to their success.

“Macy is always a go-to girl,” Sauk Centre senior setter Jena Klaphake explained.

Weller said she checked out the University of St. Thomas and Concordia-Moorhead and had some interest from Minnesota-Duluth before choosing St. Cloud State.

“I’m really excited about becoming part of the program,” she said. “I really liked all the people I met. All the girls on the team were really welcoming and friendly.”

It’s also close to her family’s dairy farm. She has numerous family in the area and SCSU’s proximity entered into the equation.

“Hey, I’m glad she’s going to St. Cloud State,” Sauk Centre head coach Jim Klaphake said. “And that’s me being selfish.

“I’m glad I’m going to be able to see her play in college.”

He also said he can see bringing his team into Halenbeck Hall to watch her play.

“The cool thing about it for our program is the younger kids can go see her play, too,” Klaphake said. “It’s not that far away.”

Sauk Centre beat Dassel-Cokato (22-7) 2-0 during the Sauk Rapids tournament. But Weller and the Mainstreeters are hard to stop.

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