Thursday, May 13, 2021
Blooming Prairie sophomore middle hitter Sierra Larson was named Honorable Mention All-Conference by opposing Gopher Conference coaches for making plays such as this one, hitting the ball past two Medford blockers, including First-Team All-Conference player Kinsey Cronin, right.

BP’s Trihus, Larson receive Gopher Conference honors

Even during a shortened season, the play of Blooming Prairie’s Micalyn Trihus and Sierra Larson stood out to opposing Gopher Conference volleyball coaches who voted them Second-Team All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-Conference, respectively.

Trihus was awarded Second-Team All-Conference in part due to the statistics she posted this season. She recorded 98 kills, 56 digs, 27 total blocks and 11 aces.

After earning Honorable Mention All-Conference last season, Head Coach Jennifer Wayne said Trihus deserved to be named Second-Team All-Conference because she was the team’s most valuable player.

“She was our strongest player all around and the other coaches recognized that,” she said.

She explained that she’s been a strong volleyball player for the past few years and has only gotten better thanks to her commitment to self-improvement in the offseason.

“Micalyn has been a strong player since an early age. She has been on the varsity team since ninth grade but sat out a lot of that season for a fairly serious ankle injury and this year due to the shortened season, her stats could have been a lot more impressive. She plays Junior Olympics in the offseason and just has a love of the game. We will definitely miss her knowledge of the game as well,” she said.

In addition to her volleyball IQ, Wayne will miss her leadership.

“Micalyn is a very vocal player and leader,” she said. “She is always helping others, especially the younger players.”

One of the younger players she helped was middle hitter Sierra Larson who was named Honorable Mention All-Conference as just a sophomore. What makes that feat even more impressive is this was her first season playing varsity.

This season, she recorded 61 total blocks, 40 kills, 28 digs and 3 ace serves.

Wayne said what stood out about Larson was her blocking and making the adjustment to playing on varsity look easy.

“She was our best blocker for the season and she did really well serving as well. She made the transition to varsity very smoothly and fit in really well. I’m excited to see how Sierra progresses the next two years,” she said.

One progression that Wayne hopes she makes is becoming a more vocal leader with a year of varsity experience under her belt.

 “Sierra is a very quiet young lady and this also carries over to the game. I think she will be a quiet leader in the future but I’m hoping to turn her into a more vocal player,” she said.

While Larson is one of the Blossoms’ leaders of the future, she noted that it’s going to hard to fill the void left by the seven seniors who all made an impact on this season’s team.

Those seniors are: Trihus, Maggie Bruns, Maren Forystek, Anna Kittelson, Allison Krohnberg, Megan Oswald and Halle Strunk.

“Obviously, it is going to be a huge loss to lose seven seniors,” said Wayne. “They all had big jobs this last season. All of them, except Anna Kittelson and Halle Strunk, went from playing in junior high to playing on the JV team. That says a lot about the athleticism of these ladies.”

These ladies’ athleticism is emphasized by nearly half of them wanting to play some sport at the collegiate level.

Trihus will play volleyball at Bemidji State, Oswald will play basketball at Jamestown University in North Dakota, Wayne reported that Strunk is considering playing golf at the University of St. Benedict and the rest were still trying to figure out their future plans at the end of the volleyball season.

She proudly said that all of her seniors are looking at four-year colleges.

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