Tom's Pick: Expect some heat when Eagles play Tigers

Tom's Pick: Expect some heat when Eagles play Tigers

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Tom's Pick: Expect some heat when Eagles play Tigers

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Because of a scheduling quirk, there is only one Tech-Apollo volleyball this season.

It takes place at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Apollo.

“Apollo is always a big rivalry,” Tech senior hitter/setter Kylie Loesch said. “We’re always going back and forth with them.

“We’re pumped to play them.”

The Central Lakes Conference uses a rotating schedule. Because everyone doesn’t play everyone else home and away every year, some matches are worth two points in the standings instead of one.

The match between District 742’s two high schools is one of them this year.

Tech is 3-3 in the Central Lakes and 3-4 overall. The Tigers are behind the top four teams in the conference: Alexandria (6-0, 9-2), Rocori (5-1, 11-4), Willmar (4-2, 7-3) and Fergus Falls (4-2, 7-4).

Apollo (1-5, 1-8) has shown progress under new head coach Tristen Anderson and feature hitters Hannah Havemeier and Josie Thelen.

Tech is led by Loesch, a starter since eighth grade who’d like to play college volleyball, Kelsey Berg and Cierra Washington.

“I’m really excited to play Apollo,” Washington said. “It’s going to be a really good game ….

“We’re both just really good teams. We’re rivals. There’ll be a lot of energy in the gym.”

Apollo usually has a large, loud student section. Tech head coach Kristy Husen hopes there are some folks in black and orange Tuesday cheering for her squad.

“We need some fans,” said Husen, an Apollo graduate who is her sixth season as Tech’s head coach.

“Think you can stir something up?”

Husen said she’s disappointed there is only one match between the teams because of the easy travel and potential for a good crowd.

“The gym is always full of energy,” she said.

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