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College volleyball: Playoff hopes waning for Lady Jays

Alex Purdy

Daily Globe

WORTHINGTON — After an amazing come-from-behind victory in the first set Friday night, the Minnesota West Lady Jays volleyball team dropped the next three, falling to visiting Minnesota State- Fergus Falls 3-1.

Set scores were 24-26, 25-23, 25-12 and 25-16.

The first set was a rollercoaster ride for both Fergus Falls and Minnesota West. Both teams traded points throughout the game, but eventually the Lady Jays were able to outlast the Spartans and take the opener.

The momentum the Lady Jays gained after the first game carried into the second, but the girls fell into a rut.

“We were stuck in a rotation, they were moving quickly, but they didn’t know where they were moving to. After Fergus Falls had that run of eight, it was really hard to come back because it was so late,” said Minnesota West head coach Marie Johnson.

The Spartans came out strong during the third game, and a strong defensive showing held the Lady Jays to only 12 offensive points.

Game four ended the same as the previous two, and the Spartans walked away with a victory.

Minnesota West still has a very slim chance of making the playoffs.

“It’s a tough road ahead, we’ll need to pick up some key wins at the end of the season,” Johnson said.

Both Christine Kazemba and Hannah Bosma had 11 kills apiece for the Lady Jays. Setter Morgan Harberts finished the match with 32 set assists, and Maddie Rasche finished with 23 digs.