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Professional volleyball comes to Rochester


Fri, Mar 29th, 2002
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By Al MathisonMonday, April 1, 2002

In an attempt to expand our family horizons, we drove to Rochester on a recent Sunday afternoon to attend a Minnesota Chill volleyball match.

Maybe youve heard of them. The team has been getting ample coverage lately, on the nightly TV sports reports as well as making the front page of the Post-Bulletin sports section. Not bad for a first year team in a first year league. It doesnt hurt either that the Chill are currently in first place.

The brand new league is called the United States Professional Volleyball (USPV) and the Chill are one of four teams, with the others coming from: Chicago, St. Louis and Grand Rapids, Michigan. After seeing the Chill in action against the Chicago Thunder, Id wager that they are the most exciting professional sports ticket in the state.

My nine-year old daughter, Jamie, would certainly agree. She sat transfixed through the entire match watching the two teams of graceful athletic women "dig, hit, set, dump, kill, spike and block." Inside the program was a useful glossary of volleyball terminology (see inset), where we learned what these terms meant as well as what a "pancake" was:

PANCAKE: A one-hand floor defensive technique where the hand is extended and slid along the floor palm down while the player dives so that the ball bounces off the back of the hand."

The action on the court was fast moving and intense as the "rally-score" system is used, which means a team can score a point whether they are serving or not. This is unlike traditional volleyball with its side-ins and side-outs. It takes 25 points to win a game. In order to win a match in the USPV a team must win three out of five games.

Another unique aspect of the USPV rules is the use of a "Libero" player. This player is a defensive specialist who can dig and pass but cannot serve, block or hit the ball over the net. The Libero player can rotate into the game at the coachs will for any other back row player.

"Our target audience is girls in the twelve to twenty year-old range," said Eve Chesser, the Chills public relations director. "We want to let girls know that they have a place to go if they want to play professional sports."

There were over 2,000 fans at the Mayo Civic Auditorium, the day we attended -- a new season record for the Chill. I would say that the teenage girls in attendance outnumbered everybody else in the cro .....
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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, Mar 29th, 2002
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Name: Ellen Collett
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Birth Announcements

Fri, Mar 29th, 2002
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David & Melanie Haugen of Lanesboro are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Madelyn Kay. She was born February 13, 2002 at Rochester Methodist Hospital. She weighed 7 lbs 15.6 oz and was 20 1/2" long. Grandparents are Glen & Julie Jensson a ..... 
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Angela Petrillo, a senior from Fountain, is one of 13 Luther College students participating in the Luther Theatre/Dance department production The Hundred and First, held March 13-16 in Storre Theatre on the Luther campus, Decorah, Iowa. Petrillo, ..... 
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