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Raiders fall to Rangers in five sets

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Tuesday night was one of the highlights of the Hastings girls volleyball season. The team ended up losing in five sets to Forest Lake, but they played one of their best matches of the season and raised money to fight cancer in the process.

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Tuesday was the Dig Pink fundraising game for the team. They sold shirts and worked hard to get sponsorships as part of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Coach Rita Girgen said the final totals haven't been calculated yet, but she said she was certain the team hit its goal of raising $2,500, which is donated to the Side-Out Foundation.

"It was a huge success," Girgen said. "The support we had from the community was great."

Girgen thanked the several sponsors who contributed to the cause, too.

On the court, Girgen was encouraged by what she saw.

"The girls played really well," she said. "They really played together as one. That's something we've been trying to work on. What a great thing to start doing that as we head into the end of our season."

Hastings lost the first two games, 25-19, 25-15. The Raiders then stormed back to win the next two, 27-25 and 25-23.

In the fifth and deciding game, Hastings lost 15-8.

"The girls just played so much better than they have been," Girgen said. "Everybody was on. Everybody showed up and we played from start to finish. It was good to see it all come together."

Hastings plays at Park on Thursday night in the regular season finale.

Here are the stats from the game:

Serves

Aces

Kaylyn Nicklay - 2

Points

Kaylyn Nicklay - 10

Shelby Wassink - 7

Nicole Bauer - 7

Kills

Biancca DuFour - 23

Sabrina Astar - 7

Heather Petersen - 5

Set Assists

Kaylyn Nicklay - 34

Serve Receive Average

Shelby Wassink - 2.18

Grace Rolloff - 2.0

Digs

Biancca DuFour - 14

Kaylyn Nicklay - 14

Shelby Wassink - 13

Blocks

Assists

Sabrina Astar - 2

Biancca DuFour - 2

Solo

Biancca DuFour - 1

Kaylyn Nicklay - 1

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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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