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Lady Jays go toe-to-toe with powerful Rochester

Minnesota West Bluejays

ROCHESTER -- The Minnesota West Lady Jays volleyball team might have been excused for coming out flat against the Rochester Yellow Jackets Wednesday night. Rochester is one of the very top two-year schools in the country. And, after all, the Jays made a long road trip to play; sometimes that, in itself, can lead to an off-kilter night.

But no excuses. Minnesota West played solid. The Jays lost in three sets, 25-20, 25-19 and 25-16, but according to head coach Brittney McNab they had their chances.

"Definitely beatable," McNab said of the Jackets. "We just couldn't capitalize on a lot of it. We were playing defense a lot."

It's rare that a team isn't back on its heels against Rochester. And, sure, the Lady Jays committed a few errors. Rochester did, too. And the visitors had some good moments. "We picked up balls. We put balls away," McNab said.

Kiana Leighty had 11 kills, Paetyn Smit had seven and Tyra Medicine Horn had six for Minnesota West. Emma Woelber had 29 set assists. Leighty added 24 digs and Grace Woelber had 13. Medicine Horn had five blocks.

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Minnesota West, 13-9, will try to get back on the winning track Friday at home against Anoka-Ramsey. Game time is 6:30 p.m.

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