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Pair of RAHS teams begin season ranked
Preseason rankings for a pair of fall high school sports came out last week and teams from Roseville Area High School appeared in both. Here’s a look at which teams they were and where they landed in the polls.
Roseville’s volleyball team is the two-time defending Section 4AAA champion and lists a third-straight trip to the state tournament among its goals this fall. The Raiders are tied for seventh in the state rankings.
The Raiders are the lone 4AAA team in the preseason poll and also the only Suburban East Conference team to appear in the rankings.
Roseville returns all but one of the players who saw the court during its two state-tournament matches last fall. Greta Thun was the lone senior who played in the tournament.
Among the returning players is senior Monica Burich, Roseville’s middle hitter who led the team in kills and blocks. Other returning starters include junior libero Haley Kauth, sophomore setter Bre Maloney, junior middle hitter Sara Hain and sophomore outside hitter Alivia Garbe.
Roseville opens the season on Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Breakdown Sideout Classic at Hopkins High School. The Raiders face Champlin Park at 9 a.m. Other top-10 Class AA teams taking part in the event are No. 4 Delano, fifth-ranked Hopkins, No. 6 Osseo and ninth-ranked Edina.
Girls cross country
The Roseville girls cross country team has made five consecutive trips to the state meet and based on the rankings are expected to make a serious run at a sixth state appearance. The Raiders are ranked 10th in the Class AA coaches poll.
Roseville is coming back off of a seventh-place finish in the state meet last November and is one of eight 2013 state-tournament teams ranked in the top 12.
The Raiders reached the state meet last year via their second-place finish in the Section 4AA championships. Only East Ridge was better in the section in 2013 and the Raptors begin this season ranked seventh after taking second at state.
Of the seven girls who ran in the state meet for Roseville, four were not seniors. Returning this fall are junior Lindsey Lee, sophomore Naomi Boehm, eighth-grader Adriana Barnes and freshman Isabel Bibeau. Caroline Brisbois, Emmy Inwards and Emily Dyson were seniors last year.
Forest Lake is the third and final Suburban East Conference team to make the poll. The Rangers, who finished 11th at state out of Section 7AA, are ranked sixth.
Section 6AA boasts the most ranked teams with three, including defending state champion Wayzata. The Trojans begin the year atop the poll. Also ranked from 6AA are No. 3 Edina and No. 11 Minnetonka.
Section 1AA (Lakeville South, Lakeville North), Section 2AA (Marshall, Chaska) and Section 8AA (Willmar, Bemidji) all have two teams in the preseason poll.
Roseville opens the season at an invitational meet at the University of St. Catherine in St. Paul on Aug. 22.
Brian Meyers can be reached at email@example.com.