Roseville seniors conclude an impressive run

Alivia Garbe

Bre Maloney

Julia Deyak

Raiders fall in quarterfinals of state volleyball tournament

For five straight seasons, the Roseville Area High School volleyball team has concluded its season with a trip to the state tournament. The Raiders were unable to secure a championship in that time but head coach Greg Ueland couldn’t be more proud of the senior class that is leaving the program.

In the first four state appearances, Roseville finished fourth twice and was the consolation champion once. That’s not bad for a program that had been to state only twice prior to this current run.

Ueland saluted the outgoing seniors following Roseville’s five-set, quarterfinal loss to Champlin Park on Nov. 10 at Xcel Energy Center.

“I can’t even begin to explain it,” Ueland said about what the seniors have meant to the program. “I’ll try not to get choked up. These two ladies and the other seniors and two managers in our program have meant everything. RVB wouldn’t be where it is today without these two ladies and the other five seniors.”

Joining Ueland on the podium at the post-match media session were seniors Bre Maloney and Alivia Garbe. Maloney played in all five of Roseville s state tournaments and Garbe, along with Ginger Perra, appeared in four.

Also wrapping up their prep volleyball careers were Addie Jones, Kailey Beer, Megan Christensen and Julia Deyak. Beer was unable to play in the tournament this year because of injury. Deyak, a transfer from Albert Lea, was making her first state-tournament appearance.

Despite not winning a title, Ueland feels his teams have been competitive every time they took the court in the state tournament.

“What can I say?” he said. “Five times in a row. Yeah, we don’t have a championship but I think we put on a great show. We come here and we’re not some joke or some team that has a poor section. We battle every year against great teams in our section and we come here to compete.”

“We’re not here just as a participant,” Ueland added. “We’re here as a competitor and we’ve proved that year in and year out. Yeah, we don’t have a championship but we have two fourth places, a consolation, another participation and now this year. I think that says a lot about our program and these ladies mean everything. I’m so proud of them for so many things.”

Maloney said being at state is satisfying regardless of the outcome.

“The experience of state is still great even without a championship,” Maloney said. “Obviously, if we could be in the championship match, we would. We want to be. That’s what we’re fighting for. It’s disappointing but at the same time it’s great to make it to state.”

Following the loss to Champlin Park, Roseville faced Moorhead in the consolation semifinals on Nov. 11. The final two days of the state tournament were conducted past the deadline for this edition of the Review.



As an unseeded team entering the state tournament with double-digit losses, the Raiders probably weren’t given much of a chance in their quarterfinal match against second-seeded and two-loss Champlin Park. Those odds dropped even more following the Rebels’ runaway win in game one.

Roseville was able to turn things around in game two, however, and made Champlin Park sweat out a five-set match. The Rebels prevailed 25-12, 20-25, 25-19, 22-25, 15-8 in their third state-tournament match-up against Roseville in as many years.

After struggling in game one, Roseville put together a nice run to take control in game two. With the set tied at 7-7, the Raiders rattled off 11 straight points to take control. In that stretch, Garbe served up three aces and added two kills, Deyak had a kill and teamed up with Taylor Keenan for a pair of point blocks. Keenan also added a kill to put Roseville ahead 18-7.

Roseville also had a long run of points in game three. Trailing 7-5, the Raiders went on a 10-run that included three kills and a point block by Garbe, an ace from Maloney and a kill by Deyak.

Unlike game two, however, Champlin Park rebounded and won the set. With the score 15-7 in favor of Roseville, the Rebels won 17 of the next 21 points to go up two sets to one.

“In that little run, I think we struggled with serve receive,” Ueland said, talking about game three. “We had little moments today. I thought we played amazing the entire match but if I was to nitpick, it would be serve receive.”

Despite losing a substantial lead in game three, Roseville did not suffer a match-ending letdown in game four. The Raiders never trailed in the set and evened the match at two sets apiece.

Heading into the fifth and deciding set, Roseville was confident but it wasn’t to be.

“A few things didn’t go our way early in that fifth set but I felt 100 percent confident,” said Ueland. “I looked into their eyes and they were all confident going into that fifth set.”

A three-point run in the middle of the set helped Champlin Park take command. Leading 6-4, the Rebels popped a pair of kills and an ace to make it 9-4.

Garbe finished with a team-high 22 kills in 55 attempts and Deyak added 12 in 45 swings. Champlin Park’s Sydney Hilley led all players with 42 kills.

Maloney had 45 assists while the Rebels’ Izzy Ashburn finished with 59.


Brian Meyers can be reached at or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.


Class AAA state high school volleyball tournament


Match 1 — Eagan def. Grand Rapids 25-12, 25-7, 25-9

Match 2 — Lakeville South def. Prior Lake 13-25, 21-25, 25-14, 25-19, 15-11

Match 3 — Champlin Park def. Roseville 25-12, 20-25, 25-19, 22-25, 15-8

Match 4 — Hopkins def. Moorhead 25-14, 25-23, 25-20

Familiar foes

The volleyball teams from Roseville Area High School and Champlin Park High School have squared off in the state tournament in three consecutive seasons. Here are the results of those matches:

2016 — State quarterfinals, Champlin Park def. Roseville 25-12, 20-25, 25-19, 22-25, 15-8.

2015 — State third-place match, Champlin Park def. Roseville 18-25, 25-10, 21-25, 25-16, 15-11.

2014 — State quarterfinals, Roseville def. Champlin Park 26-24, 27-25, 22-25, 18-25, 15-13.





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