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POSTPONED: MN student athletes respond to football and volleyball moving to spring

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STEWARTVILLE, Minn. (FOX 47) -- The revelation Tuesday of the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) postponing the volleyball and football seasons until the spring means senior seasons for athletes across Minnesota are being put on hold.

"Obviously I was disappointed I obviously wanted to start in the fall like we are all used to," said Stewartville High School senior volleyball player Erin Lamb. "But you can't be disappointed because you know there's so much stuff that's happening around that's so much bigger than we are."

Lamb also speculated about the difficulty of the decision.

"Making that decision had to be crazy hard and nobody was going to be pleased with it no matter what decision they came down to," said Lamb.

Lamb and fellow Stewartville senior Will Laures, a football player, are looking forward to the spring, when their chance to play should finally arrive. They both agreed this extra time will help their teams bond, train, and be ready for when the competition begins.

"We have our goals written up on the weight room so we see them when we're working out for motivation and we really want that shot," said Laures.

That shot for the Stewartville volleyball team means defending its state title. Lamb, who is also a University of Kentucky volleyball recruit for 2021 says the delay doesn't change the team's goals for the season.

One thing that will be different is college recruitment. That's especially true for many seniors like Laures who haven't yet landed a spot at the next level. This year will be their last chance to impress college coaches with their talents.

"I'm sure if the colleges really want me, I'm sure they'll be patient enough to wait until the spring to get that tape," Laures said.

Girls tennis, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls cross country, and girls swimming & diving are officially allowed to start August 17.

Zach Fuller

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