WINSTED – It didn’t end with another state title, but the season Mayer Lutheran High School junior Olivia Tjernagel had for the Mayer Lutheran volleyball team is one for the record books. The junior middle hitter set a new Minnesota State High School League record for blocks in a season.
Tjernagel finished with 165 blocks, shattering the old record. Cleveland’s Taylor Holicky had the previous record, with 151 blocks in 2012. While Tjernagel already has the MSHSL record for blocks in a season, she’ll be chasing another record and a milestone next season. Next year, Tjernagel will need 141 blocks to break the MSHSL record for career blocks. Belle Plaine’s Cassie Wolpern currently has the record with 461 kills.
If breaking a MSHSL record wasn’t enough, Tjernagel had plenty of other awards to add to her resumé. She was named All-State for Class A, as well as being named to the Class A All-Tournament team at the state tournament. At the Class A showcase, Tjernagel was also named to the All-Tournament team.
On the season, Tjernagel finished with 389 kills for the Crusaders. Starting next season, she’ll need 191 more kills to reach 1,000 career kills. Tjernagel averaged 3.4 kills per set this season, and was the consistent go-to player for the Crusaders. To go along with 389 kills and 165 blocks, Tjernagel added 13 aces and 78 digs, proving she can make plays all over the court.
Tjernagel capped off her monster season by dominating at the Class A state tournament. In three matches, she racked up 39 kills and 25 blocks to help the Crusaders win the Class A consolation title.
Next season, Tjernagel will once again be one of the top players in the state. As her and her team got some valuable experience at the state tournament this year, it would be no surprise if she and the Crusaders get back there for a fourth-straight season.