The Kasson-Mantorville KoMets have been a perennial power in volleyball in Minnesota over the last couple decades.  With the new class added to high school volleyball the KoMets were bumped up to Class 3A.

They are tied with fellow Hiawatha Valley League team Byron for the #5 ranking in the latest Minnesota Volleyball Coaches  Association poll.

Kasson-Mantorville traveled to Faribault High School to play the Falcons at Nomeland Gym.

Fans were entertained in a thrilling 26-24 KoMets win in the first set before they scored 25-14, 25-17 victories and swept Faribault in 3 sets.

Elsewhere in Monday night volleyball:

  • Mankato West swept Albert Lea (no scores reported)
  • Rochester Lourdes 3  Austin 0   (no scores reported)
  • Lake City 3  Zumbrota-Mazeppa  1  23-25, 25-19, 27-25, 25-17
  • Randolph  3  NRHEG  0  25-19, 25-17, 25-17
  • Nicollet 3  Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton  2  27-25, 14-25, 25-23, 20-25, 15-12
  • St. Clair 3  Mankato Loyola  0  (no scores reported)
  • Sibley East 3  Jordan 2  21-25, 25-22, 25-14, 18-25, 15-9
  • Rushford-Peterson  3  Schaeffer Academy  0  25-13, 25-19, 25-10

On another sports note former Byron Bears boys basketball player Ahjany Lee announced on Twitter Monday he has committed to play at St. Thomas University in St. Paul.

Lee transferred to Totino-Grace in Fridley for his senior season this year taking his coach at Byron completely by surprise.

The Bears made it to the State Tournament in 2020 thanks in large part to the 6'9 Lee blocking shots in the middle.  He's very athletic, runs the floor extremely well.  The Bears defeated the Faribault Falcons in their playoff opener last March.

Lee was listed as a 4 star recruit by most recruiting services.

This is a big signing for St. Thomas because Lee had been courted by Minnesota and  Iowa in the Big Ten and Kansas in the Big 12.

His older sister Ayoka Lee was the Big 12 Freshman of the Year for Kansas State.  She is setting records galore there.  At 6'6 Lee became the first woman in the program's history to score over 20 points and collect 20 rebounds in a game.

Lee will be a junior this season and already has her undergraduate degree according to the Kansas State website page outlining her accomplishments.

She has a Psychology Degree and is pursuing her Masters in couples and family therapy.

Lee's first season ended with a torn ACL but she came back nicely for a monster redshirt freshman year.

Kansas State Junior Ayoka Lee of Byron, Mn. Photo from Kansas State
Ayoka Lee Photo from Kansas State.

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