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Kenmare wins final match at State B...

With one last chance to pull out a victory, the Kenmare Honkers volleyball team didn’t disappoint.

11/24/20 (Tue)

With one last chance to pull out a victory, the Kenmare Honkers volleyball team didn’t disappoint.

In a regular-season rematch against Region 6 Our Redeemer’s, the Honkers prevailed with a 3-1 win, capturing seventh place.

Three of the four games were close and decided by four or five points. But the Honkers sent a message in the fourth to salvage a win and a place.

Kenmare 25, Our Redeemer’s 21

It was a familiar match between the 17-9 Our Redeemer’s Lady Knights and the 16-5 Kenmare Honkers. The match went to four sets with the Honkers winning the first by a total of four points.

Set one featured four ties and neither team had a comfortable lead until the Honkers pulled away at the end.

Kenmare took an early 5-2 lead, but the Knights came storming back to tie it at 5-5. Sierra Skar then blasted a shot past the defense to put the Honkers back on top.

The Honkers built a 10-7 lead on the strength of Our Redeemer’s errors, but after the Honkers failed in a service attempt. The Lady Knights were right back in it at 10-10.

Sounding like a broken record, Kenmare once again started building a lead. This time it was more sustained until the Lady Knights came to within a point at 22-21.

At that point, Our Redeemer’s made a couple of critical mistakes following a time out to end it.

Kenmare 25, Our Redeemer’s 20

Unlike most other sets, the Honkers’ opponent took charge in the beginning, building a 7-2 lead.

The Honkers then went on a 5-0 run to tie it at 7-7 and Our Redeemer’s went ahead on a block.

Stroklund pinpointed a kill on the back line to tie it at 8-8, Abbey Kohler followed up with a kill, a Mia Popinga serve went to deep and Stroklund aced it and the Honkers were back on top at 11-8.

Our Redeemer’s later tied the game at 13-13 when Vibeto got a kill past the Honker defense. On the next play, Kohler dumped a shot right on the line and the Honkers were back in front.

Kenmare took a 20-16 lead, however, they couldn’t push it out more than that until an Our Redeemer’s serve went too deep to seal it for the Honkers.

Our Redeemer’s 25, Kenmare 21

Kenmare opened the scoring and just like before, Our Redeemer’s went on a short run and game was tied at 2-2.

After that the Lady Knights took charge and built a 12-6 lead, only to see the Honkers come back to within one at 14-13.

A Kohler kill and a tag team block by Kate Zimmer and Brenna Stroklund pushed the Honkers in front. Our Redeemer’s tied it on a Kenmare kill attempt that went wide.

With the score tied at 17-17, a double touch by Our Redeemer’s put the Honkers on top. A Lady Knights kill tied and they went ahead on a Kenmare miscue and kept the lead the rest of the match.

But it wasn’t before a Megan Zimmer kill late to cut the Knight’s lead to 24-21.

Kenmare 25, Our Redeemer’s 21

The Honkers opened this set with a vengeance, taking an early 5-0 lead on the strength of kills by Abbey Kohler and Brenna Stroklund, a Kate Zimmer and Stroklund block and a kill attempt that went to deep for the Lady Knights.

Our Redeemer’s kept it interesting, cutting the Honker lead to 10-7, but after two consecutive service errors, Our Redeemer’s head coach Kara Nunziato called a time out.

That strategy apparently didn’t help as the Honkers poured on the steam. A Logan Redding ace, a Kate Zimmer tip that dropped in the middle of the floor and three more consecutive errors on Our Redeemer’s had the Honkers up by 10 at 17-7 and Nunziato took another pause.

The teams came back out and Redding blasted it past the Knight defense to put the Honkers up 18-7.

Three additional Knight errors and kills by Sierra Skar and Amber Houck, sealed seventh place for the high energy Honkers.


Brenna Stroklund, Kate Zimmer and Abbey Kohler, all sophomores, were phenomenal in this contest.

Stroklund picked up 15 kills, 5 digs, 2 blocked shots, 1 assist and 1 ace to lead the Honkers. She was named BEK-TV’s player of the game.

Kate Zimmer had 32 assists in the contest with 15 digs, 5 kills and 2 aces.

Kohler, who had her best match of the tournament, scored 10 kills, most of them at crucial points in the game and also had 1 ace.

Sierra Skar scored 9 digs, added 8 kills that were often precision shots on the back line and added 1 blocked shot.

Junior Amber Houck had a great match in her own right, knocking down 4 kills, picking up 4 assists, 3 digs and blocking 2 shots.

Libero Brooklyn Rodin, also a junior, captured 6 digs, while senior Megan Zimmer had 7 digs, 5 kills and 1 assist and senior Isabel Sieg added 2 digs late in the match.... Read EVERY WORD on EVERY PAGE of The Kenmare News by subscribing--online or in print! For details, log on to ( email us at ( or phone in a request at 701-385-4275.