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College volleyball: Lady Jays win in five

DOUG WOLTER/DAILY GLOBE Minnesota West volleyball players Lindsey Drooger (left) and Hanna Bosma (8) go up for a block against St. Cloud Technical & Community College Friday night.



WORTHINGTON —The Minnesota West Lady Jays home opener was a wild ride. Five sets was all it took for the team to take a 3-2 victory over St. Cloud Technical & Community College.

Everything started out perfectly for the Lady Jays. After handily winning the first two sets 25-16 and 25-18, all of the momentum was toward Minnesota West’s side of the court.

“The girls thought the game was over, and it took until game five for the girls to wake up and get back on their toes,” Lady Jays head coach Marie Johnson said.

After the first two sets dominated by Minnesota West, the Cyclones rallied again and again, taking the next two sets 15-25 and 20-25, forcing the fifth game, won by West 15-11.

Miscommunication plagued the Lady Jays during the third and fourth set. Self-forced error after self-forced error kept feeding the Cyclones point after point.

Keeping the Lady Jays in the game was the electrifying play of Worthington High School grad Kristen Andersen. With 15 kills in the game, (most coming during the third and fourth set) and solid defensive play, she kept the crowd behind her team, and the crowd, she said, kept the team’s adrenaline pumping.

“I’d really like to thank the student section for their support, they really kept us going. We were feeding off of their energy the entire game,” Andersen said.

Stellar defense from the Lady Jays’ Maddie Rasche and Morgan Harberts also kept every match close. Rasche led the team with 18 digs, and Harberts finished with 15.

Assisting for the Jays were Harberts and Christine Kazemba. Harberts finished with 24 set assists and Kazemba finished with 14.

“It’s really exciting to get a home win,” Johnson said.

The Lady Jays continue their season Wednesday against Rochester at 6:30 p.m.