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Lady Jays swarm over Golden Rams, 3-0

Home cooking was good for the Minnesota West volleyball team on Saturday.

Minnesota West Lady Jays  volleyball player Dannyn Peterson (1) spikes the ball during a Saturday match with the Anoka-Ramsey Golden Rams.
Minnesota West Lady Jays volleyball player Dannyn Peterson (1) spikes the ball during a Saturday match with the Anoka-Ramsey Golden Rams.
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WORTHINGTON -- After three straight events on the road, the Minnesota West Community and Technical College volleyball team took care of business at home on Saturday, putting down the Anoka-Ramsey Golden Rams 3-0 on scores of 25-15, 25-18 and 25-9.

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It wasn’t the very best Lady Jays performance, said head coach Brittney McNab. But a win is a win, and it improved the Jays to 5-9 on the season.

It’s hard for any team to be inspired when they’re facing a 0-14 opponent, and that’s what the Lady Jays had in front of them on Saturday at the Center for Health and Wellness on the West Worthington campus. What’s more, the Rams were not at full strength.

The best news for the Lady Jays may be that they’re going to be home for their next three events -- Friday against St. Cloud Tech, Oct. 1 against Minnesota State-Fergus Falls and Oct. 3 against Briar Cliff JV and Gustavus Adolphus JV.

Minnesota West Lady Jays Kennedy Buckneberg spikes the ball between  Anoka-Ramsey Golden Rams defenders Aniah Smith (10) and Alexis Crow during a Saturday noon match.
Minnesota West's Kennedy Buckneberg delivers a hit between Anoka-Ramsey's 'Aniah Smith (10) and Alexis Crow Saturday in Worthington.
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Before Saturday’s Anoka-Ramsey challenge, West had been on the road for three straight -- at Iowa Lakes in Estherville, Iowa, against Ridgewater Community College in Willmar, and against Century College in White Bear Lake.

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Minnesota West Lady Jays Kiarra Danielson and libero Jaenid Torres dive in to keep the ball in play as head coach Brittney McNab watches during a Saturday noon match with Anoka-Ramsey Golden Rams.
Kiarra Danielson and libero Jaenid Torres of Minnesota West dive to keep the ball in play Saturday afternoon.
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Not surprisingly, McNab said she’s glad to be sedentary for a little while.

“It’s just a different comfort level for all the girls,” she declared.

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The Jays started well against Anoka-Ramsey as Dannyn Peterson produced an ace hit and teammate Kennedy Buckneberg managed an ace block no sooner than the paying customers settled into their seats. A Kiarra Danielson ace hit made it 5-3 in the Jays’ favor, and they were off and running.

Some sloppy serve receiving by the Rams and inconsistent performances at the net played right into the Lady Jays’ hands. Too many spots on the floor were left uncovered by the visiting team and the home team took advantage. Maya Doyen got the 25th point on a well-aimed ace tip.

In the second game West led 4-1, but Anoka-Ramsey fought back to lead 7-6. But Danielson served three points for a 10-7 Minnesota West lead, and soon the margin became 17-11, then 20-13.

The third game was all Minnesota West.

Danielson finished the 3-game match with 12 kills while Buckneberg had nine and Hattie DeVries six. Sami Polzin led the team with 15 aces while Peterson had eight.

Doug Wolter joined the Worthington Globe in December of 1983 as a sports reporter. He later became sports editor, and then news editor and managing editor. In 2006 he moved to Mankato with his wife, Sandy, and served as an editor at the Mankato Free Press. In 2013 he and Sandy returned to Worthington to take up the job of sports editor at The Globe, and they have been in Worthington since.

Doug can be reached at dwolter@dglobe.com.
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