Volleyball: Worthington tops RRC, 3-1, on 'Meet the Trojans Night'
WORTHINGTON —In a fast-paced match, the Worthington Trojans girls volleyball team beat the Red Rock Central Falcons 3-1 on “Meet the Trojans” night in Worthington.
Right from the get-go it was a close match. The Trojans couldn’t score three points without the Falcons scoring two. With bodies flying everywhere, defense is what really kept each team in the game.
Each team’s leader defensively had nearly 30 digs, with Falcon Brooke Rasmussen totaling 27 and the Trojans’ Brooke Henning finishing with 30.
On the subject of defense, Worthington head coach Jessica Hogan had this to say:
“Our defense was a lot better tonight, everyone was doing their jobs. We have to keep that up. Everyone was working.”
The Trojans edged the Falcons in the first set 25-20.
The Trojans cruised through the beginning of the second set, leading 13-4 at one point. With solid serving and defense, however, the Falcons rallied from that nine-point deficit halfway through the game to pull the score to a much closer 14-13. After that, the Trojan girls pulled ahead with five straight points to force a Falcon time-out. The Trojans finished with a 25-16 second game win.
The third game proved to be perilous for the Trojans, as RRC took the game to a lead of 17-10, forcing Hogan to call time for her team and to regroup. The Trojans put up a valiant effort, scoring four straight points to pull the score to 18-15, but in the end, the Falcons ended up on top 25-19.
“We lost the energy we had going in the middle of that third game, and that’s always hard to get back once you lose it. But the girls did a good job of getting it back, and fought hard to win that fourth game,” Hogan said.
The fourth and final set of Tuesday’s match started out much like the first, with both teams scoring evenly. After the Trojans carved out a 13-8 lead, RRC rallied with four straight points to bring the score to 13-12. The Trojan girls appeared to have the game in the bag with a lead of 24-19, but the pesky Falcons never quit, scoring two tough points to bring the score to 24-21, causing Hogan to take one final time-out. The very next point the Trojans put away the game with the set score being 25-22.
Henning finished with 18 kills for the Trojans, followed by fellow senior Becca Linder with seven and junior Whitney Jensen with five. Becca Linder totaled five blocks for the home team, with Tracy Prins following close behind with four. Serving for Worthington, senior Paige Kinley finished 19-20 with one ace, and 12 points.
For the Falcons, Olivia Bittner finished with 11 kills, Mikaela Smith had 22 set assists and also finished with four aces. She was 17-18 from behind the line.
“Give Red Rock Central credit,” Hogan said, “they battled back and hung with us point for point.”
The Trojans are now 3-3 overall, and take on Pipestone Area in Pipestone Thursday.