November 07, 2018 09:54 PM
(ABC 6 News) – In Kasson, the home town’s high school volleyball program has become a machine in Minnesota—and their senior outside hitter is smack in the middle of it all.
Kasson-Mantorville senior volleyball standout Peyton Suess, who was one of five finalists for the 2018 Minnesota Miss Volleyball Award, has put together a tremendous career on the hardwood.
“She went from a seed to a full-grown tree here,” KoMets head coach Adam VanOort said.
Suess is the program’s all-time individual kills and blocks leader, but Suess said her accomplishments aren’t just about her.
“I’m lucky, I have a good team that sets me up and makes my job pretty easy,” Suess said. “I couldn’t do it without a pass from (senior defensive specialist Bailey Berge), or a set from (freshman setter Maddie Converse), so it all goes back to them.”
Since 8th grade, Suess has played a key role on the KoMets varsity volleyball team—over time, she’s developed into a leader within the program.
“I know there’s ‘little kids,’ on the team, that’s what we call them,” Suess said. “I just want to keep encouraging them. We can’t do anything with just one person.”
Last Saturday, Suess helped lead the KoMets to a 3-1 match win over the Lake City Tigers for the Section 1AA title, the KoMets third consecutive section championship win.
“(Peyton has) been awesome,” VanOort said. “She’s been here as long as I have as a varsity volleyball coach, and we’ve been going through this together and she’s gotten better every year.”
For the past five years, playing volleyball for the KoMets has been a joy for Suess.
“I just think we have such a great community. I’ll see people in the hallway, some people I’ve never talked to before and they’ll say ‘great game,’” Suess said. “I think it’s really cool just to have support from people who I wouldn’t have expected it from.”
Next year, Suess will be playing collegiate volleyball in the Atlantic Coastal Conference (ACC) at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Suess’ journey may continue down south next year, but this year, bringing the KoMets their first-ever state volleyball title this weekend is the top objective on her list of things to do.
“It’ll be weird to not be looking forward to a new season (after this year),” Suess said. “I just want to go out in the best way possible.”
The KoMets are the no.1 seed in the Class AA tournament. They’ll open state tournament play against St. Cloud Cathedral on Thursday at 5 p.m.
The entire Minnesota state volleyball tournament will be played at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul from Thursday through Saturday.
Updated: November 07, 2018 09:54 PM
Created: November 05, 2018 09:15 PM
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