AUSTIN — Morgan Harberts was credited with 43 set assists, and Christine Kazemba and Lindsey Drooger had 13 kills apiece as the Minnesota West volleyball team overcame a 2-1 deficit to defeat host Riverland Community College 3-2 Wednesday night.
The Lady Jays won the opening set 25-20, lost the next two games 25-20 and 27-25, then won the last two 25-20 and 15-7.
It was a hot night for both teams, as the Austin gymnasium had no air conditioning. Fans were running and windows were opened to keep the players cool, but West head coach Marie Johnson said her players started the first game slowly — perhaps in part due to the condition of their surroundings.
The visitors started slowly in the second game, too, as a couple of Lady Jays players experienced minor muscle injuries. But the team started to pick things up at the end of the third game and, according to Johnson, “came out on fire” to start the fourth.
With victory in sight, West took charge throughout the fifth and final game.
Kazemba, Kristen Anderson, Maddie Rasche and Bailey Tish all had two aces to lead the winners in the serving department. Rasche also had 21 digs. Hanna Bosma had two blocks and Drooger one.
Minnesota West (2-5) returns home to play Ridgewater Community College next Wednesday.