Cole earns MVP honor as Cardinals’ lone senior

McGrane, Anderson, Thul all earn team honors with Cole as young nucleus for the Alexandria volleyball team went 6-3 this year.

Lexi Cole / MVP

The Alexandria volleyball team had just one senior this past season in Lexi Cole, but she proved to be a difference maker for the Cardinals in leading them to a 6-3 overall record.

Alexandria voted Cole as the team MVP for her role on the court and helping a young nucleus grow and win three straight to end the season. Cole finished her senior year with 96 total digs, 12 aces, 16 kills and nine blocks. She was an honorable-mention All-Central Lakes Conference player, while Tessa McGrane, Kiya Issendorf and Maggie Anderson were named All-CLC.

McGrane was a junior captain who led the team from the back row. She had 140 digs to go with 14 serving aces and 33 assists on her way to winning the Defensive MVP Award.

Anderson was the Offensive MVP. The junior had a team-high 119 kills to go with nine blocks, 32 digs and 10 aces.

Junior Lilly Thul rounded out the team award winners for Alexandria by earning the Cardinal Award. Thul had 22 kills, 69 digs and 11 blocks.


McGrane, Anderson, Issendorf (69 digs, 13 aces, 168 assists) and Thul are part of a nucleus that can all return next fall with the hopes of helping Alexandria build on a winning season. Maddi Buysse is a freshman who was second on the team in kills with 77. Sophomore Charlotte Lempka had 30 kills and 14 blocks, and juniors Cora Larson (52 digs, 8 aces, 93 assists), Addie Boesl (33 digs, 9 aces, 45 kills, 11 blocks) and Gabby Staples (9 kills, 2 blocks) gained experience they can carry with them into next season, as well.

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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