Dents may appear in the Sauk Rapids High School gym floor thanks to Lisa Pohlkamp.
The 5-foot-10 middle hitter for Class 2A's eighth-ranked Pierz Pioneers bombarded the Sauk Rapids defense for 28 kills. She added three blocks and six digs in a 3-1 non-conference victory Sept. 1.
"She was feeling it and no matter what she hit she was on," said Pierz coach Kurt Stumpf. "She was very aggressive and her teammates got into a rhythm where they were getting the ball to her a lot.
"The team did some good things, like passing and setting, to give her the ball in the right spot at the right time."
In three games Pohlkamp has 54 kills. She knocked down 16 against Little Falls in a 3-1 victory Aug. 30 to go with five digs. She had 10 kills and two digs in a 3-0 loss to Class 3A's seventh-ranked Willmar Cardinals Aug. 27.
The four-year starter led the Brainerd area with 306 kills last year and was third her sophomore season with 227. Despite her past success, the senior is amazed by her quick start this year.
"It's very surprising," said Pohlkamp. "I didn't expect to be so on top of things and doing so well at the beginning of the season. I'm very shocked.
"Against Sauk Rapids I focused more on them and watched what they were doing to find a good place to put the ball."
Stumpf said Pohlkamp's arsenal of weapons is lethal and her ability to execute different shots has opponents using three blockers to stop her. He said she can tip the ball, roll it and just pound it to the floor to shift momentum in Pierz's favor.
Position: Middle hitter.
Key stat: 54 kills in three games.
"She's got the ability to make things happen," said Stumpf. "She can make a key play. In one game against Sauk Rapids she had a lot of kills in a row to put the game away. That's what you want -- a confident player who can take the ball and take care of business."
Pohlkamp is making things happen all over the court by playing the entire rotation. She's asked to serve receive, block and play defense. That's helped her become a better captain.
"I'm more focused on trying to be the leader of the team," said Pohlkamp. "I want to show the girls that we have what it takes to make it to state if we practice hard each day."
Other notable performances:
Soccer -- Christy Sitzman, Little Falls, had 31 saves against St. Cloud Apollo and 18 saves against Hillcrest Academy.
Tennis -- Kayla Lenz, Pequot Lakes, improved to 13-0 with six No. 1 singles victories last week.
Amy Freeman and Kristi Halverson, S-M, finished the week 3-0 at No. 1 doubles.
Volleyball -- Kasey Theisen, Wadena-Deer Creek, finished with 35 set assists against Perham.
Lisa Kurtz, Pierz, finished with 13 kills, 21 set assists, 11 digs and two blocks against Sauk Rapids and 18 set assists, nine kills and six digs against Little Falls.
JEREMY MILLSOP can be reached at email@example.com or 855-5856.
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