College volleyball: Lady Jays rally to win
WORTHINGTON —How you finish is what leaves a legacy, and Minnesota West proved itself worthy of a win Wednesday night at Worthington High School. The Lady Jays volleyball squad rallied for three straight wins to prevail 3-1 over Riverland.
Set scores were 23-25, 25-13, 25-14, and 25-16.
The black-and-blue clad Lady Jays used a close loss in its first set Wednesday as a stern call to action, as West had beaten the Blue Devils earlier this year, but struggled to gain an edge early this time around.
“I’m not sure if they came out tonight not as serious as they needed to be, but after the first set, they turned it around,” West coach Marie Johnson said. “To come out and win in the second set 25-13, that’s a pretty big difference.”
The Lady Jays built for themselves an early 3-1 lead on their foes in the second frame and would not relinquish it. West took a 10-point lead on a Hanna Bosma kill and kept on the throttle. It would be one of Bosma’s eight kills for the evening, and sophomore Lindsey Drooger led the team with nine. Christine Kazemba had eight kills, too, on a night where West was able to take advantage of a height edge it had on Riverland.
Defensively, the Jays stepped up big as the second, third, and fourth sets came calling. Digs were split fairly evening for the night as the team scrapped and clawed its way to win volleys. West freshman Morgan Harberts had 17 digs in the win, while Maddie Rasche had 13, as did freshman KC Riley.
At the net, West’s Brittney Hermeling and Drooger both led the charge defensively for a couple of blocks each, while Bosma and Andersen had one.
Rasche, a 5-foot-5 sophomore from Heron Lake, helped in a defensive effort Wednesday that made adjustments and played an integral part in the win over Riverland.
Early leads the team held in the second, third, and fourth sets gave the team confidence to finish, Rasche said.
“We really moved tonight, and normally we don’t talk as much as we did tonight, so that was a plus. Our hitters were on too,” she said. “This was a win we needed to get.
“Our leads early helped our momentum,” Rasche added. “Our fans were great tonight, too, and were loud. It was overall a good night.”
The Lady Jays improve to 5-8 overall and to 4-5 in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference. The team will host Minnesota State-Fergus Falls on Friday night at WHS. It will be “Meet the Jays” night, where players will sign posters for fans following the volleyball match.
“The girls will be signing posters Friday night after the game,” coach Johnson said. “It will be a pretty big night for us. Our girls did a nice job tonight and we’re excited for the win.”