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Sabrina Astar is pictured high above the net during a match against Woodbury. She is a junior captain for the Raiders. (Photos courtesy of Beck Photography)
Sabrina Astar is pictured high above the net during a match against Woodbury. She is a junior captain for the Raiders. (Photos courtesy of Beck Photography)

Raiders come up big for breast cancer, defeat Woodbury

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Hastings Minnesota 745 Spiral Boulevard 55033

The Hastings Raiders sure Dig Pink. On Tuesday night, in a gym packed with people wearing pink, the Hastings volleyball team took on a strong team from Mounds View and even though HHS lost in four sets, coach Rita Girgen was thrilled with what she saw from her team.

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“Of course we want to win, but this was a really good loss,” she said. “We played really well. It was a successful night. I don’t think we can hang our heads about the loss. We just need to know that there’s always going to be more work to be done. We just have to keep going at it. We’re sitting in a really good position right now.”

Hastings lost the match to the Mustangs in four sets. The Raiders won the first set, 25-21, before dropping the next three, 27-25, 25-20 and 25-22. Mounds View is ranked No. 20 in the state.

In the first set, the one in which Hastings won, the Raiders trailed by eight points, Girgen said.

“We battled back,” she said. “The thing is, we don’t give up and we fight. That’s what it boils down to. When it comes to crunch time, I don’t have a doubt in my mind – the girls will give it everything they have.”

The match was the annual Dig Pink breast cancer fundraiser for the Raiders. Girgen was still tallying up the total that the team will be able to donate, but some 450 T-shirts were sold by the team.

Stats from the match went like this:

Kills 

Sabrina Astar – 13

Heather Petersen – 7

 

Set assists

Kaylyn Nicklay – 17

 

Service aces

Sabrina Astar – 4

Kaylyn Nicklay – 4

 

Serving points

Kaylyn Nicklay – 17

Shelby Wassink – 8

Sabrina Astar – 8

 

Serve receive average

Nicole Bauer – 2.15

Shelby Wassink – 2.10

 

Digs

Kaylyn Nicklay – 22

Shelby Wassink – 11

Sabrina Astar – 11

 

Solo blocks

Sabrina Astar – 2

Courtney Van De Velde – 1

 

Block assists

Katie Burr – 1

Vs Stillwater

Hastings lost to Stillwater, 3-2. It was the first time Girgen can remember her team pushing Stillwater to five sets.

“That was a huge night for us,” she said. “It was another good loss – we played well. Our bench was absolutely amazing. We had players come off the bench and step up and play huge roles. They truly are the reason we went five with them.”

Girgen said the play by Katie Burr and Sabrina McCloud really stuck out.

“They kept us in it,” Girgen said. “The best part is, down the stretch, we’re going to really start noticing the depth of our bench. It’s so strong. That will help us down the stretch.”

Stats from the match went like this: 

Kills

Heather Petersen – 11

Sabrina Astar – 10

 

Set assists

Kaylyn Nicklay – 21

 

Service aces

Kaylyn Nicklay – 5

 

Serving points

Kaylyn Nicklay – 16

Shelby Wassink – 9

 

Serve receive average

Shelby Wassink – 1.89

Heather Petersen – 1.62

 

Digs

Shelby Wassink – 16

Kaylyn Nicklay – 14

 

Solo blocks

Sabrina Astar – 3

Courtney Van De Velde – 1

Kaylyn Nicklay - 1

 

Block assists

Courtney Van De Velde – 4

Kaylyn Nicklay – 3

Vs Woodbury

Hastings beat Woodbury on Sept. 24, three sets to one. The victory over the Royals was the first for the Raiders in more than 10 years.

“Everything fell into place,” Girgen said. “Our back row did a great job of keeping us ahead of the game by making big plays defensively. I think we’re settling into a solid lineup. Our rotations are down. This is exactly where we want to be at this point in the season.”

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