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Hastings beats Prescott to pick up season's first win

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The Hastings girls volleyball team turned things around on Thursday night with a win over Prescott, Wis., in a non-conference match.

"We played pretty well," coach Rita Girgen said. "We started eliminating a lot of the errors we made in the previous two matches. That's our big focus at this point - we're trying to be aggressive both on and off the net, but we're trying to minimize our errors while we are doing that."

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Hastings won 3-1.

"I'm really proud of the girls," Girgen said. "Even though we ended up dropping a set, it was close, and they came out in the fourth set and played heads-up. They didn't get down on themselves for dropping a set. They came out ready to play."

Girgen was excited about the play of senior captain Grace Rolloff, who has acted as the team's setter for the first few games of the season.

"Grace had a really good match," she said. "She's setting for us right now - that's not her primary position, but she did a really good job of stepping up that night."

Hastings is 1-2 in its first three matches of the year.

"We're really excited about things," Girgen said. "When we're at full strength, we do believe we're going to contend with everybody. Our goal is that we don't want to lose in three - we've succeeded at doing that against Eastview and Northfield. We went five with Northfield and we really thought we should have won that match. We're leaving everything out there. That is very promising for us."

In that match against Northfield, Girgen said the play of Shelby Wassink really stuck out.

"She had phenomenal backcourt play," she said. "She made digs and saves on the ball so many times for us. Just spectacular plays. She was a firestarter for us. She got the girls pumped up. That really pushed us through to make it five sets."

Stat leaders from the first three matches of the year went like this:

Eastview

Kills

Biancca DuFour - 7

Jennifer Lindberg - 6

Set Assists

Grace Rolloff - 20

Serve Receive Average

Biancca DuFour - 1.94

Shelby Wassink - 1.88

Digs

Shelby Wassink - 13

Blocks

Solo

Biancca DuFour - 4

Sabrina Astar -3

Courtney Van De Velde - 3 

Assists

Biancca DuFour - 4

Courtney Van De Velde - 4

Serving

Aces

Jennifer Lindberg - 2

Points

Grace Rolloff - 13

Sabrina Astar - 10

Northfield

Kills

Biancca DuFour - 21

Heather Petersen - 13

Set Assists

Grace Rolloff - 38

Serve Receive Average

Biancca DuFour - 2.11

Shelby Wassink - 2.06

Digs

Shelby Wassink - 21

Biancca DuFour - 15

Grace Rolloff - 12

Blocks

Solo

Biancca DuFour - 3

Assists

Courtney Van De Velde - 5

Biancca DuFour - 4

Sabrina Astar - 4

Serving

Aces

Grace Rolloff - 1

Jennifer Lindberg - 1

Points

Shelby Wassink - 13

Sabrina Astar - 9

Prescott

Kills

Biancca DuFour - 12

Courtney Van De Velde - 10

Set Assists

Grace Rolloff - 23

Serve Receive Average

Biancca DuFour - 2.06

Nicole Bauer - 1.86

Digs

Shelby Wassink - 12

Nicole Bauer - 9

Blocks

Solo

Sabrina Astar - 2

Assists

Sabrina Astar - 4

Courtney Van De Velde - 4

Jennifer Lindberg - 4

Serving

Aces

Sabrina Astar - 9

Points

Sabrina Astar - 19

Biancca DuFour - 15

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Chad Richardson
Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.
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