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Side Out Classic matchups

By Tim Kolehmainen, Breakdown Sports Media, 05/09/20, 11:30AM CDT

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Great matchups highlight our 2020 Side Out Classic

The 7th annual Side Out Classic is the top season-opening volleyball event in the state

The one-day, 16-match showcase at Hopkins High School features great bragging rights battles between 32 top teams from across the state

HOPKINS, Minn. (May 9, 2020) – For the seventh straight year, BREAKDOWN SPORTS USA is bringing the annual premier season-opening one-day showcase to high school volleyball in Minnesota. Thirty-two top teams from across the state will begin their season at our 7th annual Side Out Classic. The one-day showcase at Hopkins High School on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020 features 16 matches on three courts, beginning at 9 a.m. and running through the evening.

Only the best programs in the state are invited, featuring 12 teams that are listed among the top-15 in the Breakdown preseason poll, including top-ranked and defending Class 1A state champion Minneota. It’s a cross-section of the best teams in the state from all three classes.

Each team will play one unique match against an opponent they may not see in conference or section play.  The goal of this event is to open the high school season with unusual and great match-ups between premier programs.

  1. Two of our preseason Miss Volleyball candidates and five preseason All-Breakdown selections are in action. The great field of individual players includes two of our Miss Volleyball favorites from the book in Minneota's Abby Hennen and Lauren Crowl of Eastview, along with Southwest Christian's Estelle Haugen, Minneota's Natalee Rolbiecki, and Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa's Karsee Kampsen.
  2. Eight defending section champions will be there. An even third of last year’s state tournament field will be playing, as we’ll host Minnetonka, St. Louis Park, Moorhead, North St. Paul, and Elk River from the Class 3A field; North Branch from the Class 2A field; and Minneota and Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa from the Class 1A field.

BREAKDOWN SPORTS and its annual publications are Minnesota's No. 1 resource for players, coaches, fans and sports enthusiasts.  The BREAKDOWN is a full-service high school sports company, offering season preview publications, in-season premier events, off-season leagues, great photography and an extensive website with news and notes.  We’re in our 19th year of covering boys’ and girls’ basketball, 13th year in girls’ volleyball and boys’ hockey, 7th year in boys’ baseball, 4th year in softball, and 3rd in girls’ hockey.  The goal of the BREAKDOWN is simple: We want to offer players, coaches and fans a complete sports resource for high school sports.

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2020 Side Out Classic matchups

Team1 Team2
Minnetonka Champlin Park
St. Michael-Albertville Willmar
Moorhead Hopkins
SW Christian Minneota
Stillwater St. Louis Park
Centennial Eastview
North St. Paul Osseo
Woodbury Elk River
Maple Grove Chanhassen
Caledonia North Branch
Bemidji Edina
Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Kenyon-Wanamingo
Pine River-Backus Winona Cotter
Orono Tartan
Cannon Falls Jordan
New Life Academy Plainview-Elgin-Millville

Note: match times and courts will be announced at a later date.