The University of Minnesota Crookston volleyball team will trek to Aberdeen, S.D. for the 2017 Max and Erma’s Classic Fri., Sept. 8 and Sat., Sept. 9. The Golden Eagles will play four non-conference matches in the tournament against three Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) schools and one Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) school.

    The University of Minnesota Crookston volleyball team will trek to Aberdeen, S.D. for the 2017 Max and Erma’s  Classic Fri., Sept. 8 and Sat., Sept. 9. The Golden Eagles will play four non-conference matches in the tournament against three Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) schools and one Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) school.   

    Minnesota Crookston comes into the weekend with a 1-3 mark on the season. The Golden Eagles played tough competition last weekend at the South Central Classic in Durant, Okla., including No. 16 University of Central Missouri. Minnesota Crookston’s opponents from last week have a combined record of 12-4 going into the second weekend of the season.   

    The Golden Eagles are averaging 11.1 kills per set and hitting .185 as a team coming off their first tournament of the season. Minnesota Crookston looks to outside hitter Kassi Green (R-Sr., OH, Anoka, Minn.) to lead the way. Green was named to the All-South Central Classic Tournament team after her four-game performance. She is averaging 4.33 kills per set and is hitting .239 on the season. Her twin sister Kelci Green (R-Sr., MH, Anoka, Minn.) has also added to the attack with 2.17 kills per set and a .286 attack percentage. Kelci Green leads the block for the U of M Crookston with 0.83 blocks per set.   

    At setter, Kaycie Hagen (Sr., S, Savage, Minn.) has operated the offense averaging 7.08 assists per set.   

    Defensively, Maggie Perrel (R-Sr., DS/OH, New Germany, Minn.) has moved into a new role to open the season as she has played as a defensive specialist and libero after leading the team in kills last season. Perrel comes in averaging 2.67 digs per set. Kassi Green has also been strong defensively with 2.08 digs per set. Kelci Green leads the block, while Kaitlin Sikkink (R-So., MH, Saint Charles, Minn.) and Callie Schapekahm (Jr., MH, Eagan, Minn.) are both averaging 0.67 blocks per set.   

    The Golden Eagles have also been strong on the serve with 23 service aces on the season. Schapekahm leads the team with six service aces, while Kelci Green, Kassi Green and Becca Vandenheuvel (Sr., DS, Cannon Falls, Minn.) each have tallied three service aces.