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CSS' Burns gears up for a unique senior season playing outdoor volleyball

Alicia Tipcke
Created: August 02, 2020 11:01 PM

The gym doors at the College of St. Scholastica closed in March due to the coronavirus. That's the last time Madissen Burns played volleyball with her teammates.

"It's just been so long and I think everyone's ready to get back and get playing," said Burns (CSS class of 2021).

The reality of the incoming senior's final season and CSS' last year in their conference started to shift as the pandemic continued. The UMAC (Upper Midwest Athletic Conference) postponed competitions for high risk sports this fall, including volleyball at Scholastica. 

"I think everyone kind of was [wanting] a last hurrah. To play the teams we've been playing for so many years before switching to all new competition and a whole new way of doing things. We're all kind of looking forward to that, so hopefully we still get to play some of them this fall or in the spring if [the schools] let us do that," said Burns.

Burns' hopes for a last hurrah aren't burned out yet. She said the team is planning to begin small pod practice in August, and is discussing other opportunities to compete this fall depending on testing protocols.

Until then, the Saints' top-notch blocker has been serving up summer fun in her own backyard.

"My two sisters are really into volleyball too. They play at the high school level and we have a volleyball court set up in our yard. It's a grass court and we play on that a lot," said Burns. 

"My brother will play with us too, so it's a nice little two-on-two that we get to do. A lot of people don't have that, so that's awesome."

Burns does plan to return to campus this fall to complete her biology and chemistry degree. She also hopes to rejoin a volunteer club dedicated to helping kids with cancer.

Over the last three years the Saint has made great memories, and will dig any time on the court this season.

"[I'll] cherish what we have, because we don't know what we're going to be getting this year. We don't know when it's going to end so [I'll] just cherish the moments we do get with our team," Burns said.

Last season she was third on the team in blocks with 32.


Alicia Tipcke

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