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Volleyball: Raiders beat Roseville

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For the first time since Hastings and Roseville started competing against one another in the Suburban East Conference, Hastings came out on the right end of a volleyball match.

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Last week, Hastings beat Roseville in four games, 19-25, 25-22, 25-23 and 26-24.

"That was a huge win for us," Hastings coach Rita Girgen said. "We just played really well. We were scrappy. Nothing was hitting the floor. We made really smart choices. As a whole, we just played really strong together."

Elly Braaten had another great night for the Raiders. She had 22 kills and 17 digs.

"She's been doing a good job of taking care of the ball and putting it away when we need a big kill," Girgen said. "She's been doing that all season. Roseville put a big block on her. They know she's our go-to player. The adjustment she made to her offense was really helpful as well."

Sarah Jones had 10 kills and Biancca DuFour had six.

Lisa Kranz had 16 digs.

Lizzy Keena had three block assists.

In serve receive average, Devon Santelman led Hastings at 2.158. Katelyn Nelson came in at 2.125, and Braaten was at 2.0.

Kranz and Jones each had two set assists.

Kranz had 10 serving points, and DuFour had nine.

Kranz had 37 set assists.

Hastings has a 9-9 overall record.

"The wins we have right now are almost more than the last three seasons combined," Girgen said. "It's really a positive thing, especially considering a lot of these girls were here three years ago. They're seeing the payoff now for their hard work. It's really rewarding."

Coon Rapids

Hastings won three matches and lost one at a tournament in Coon Rapids over the weekend to take second place.

Hastings beat Coon Rapids, 26-28, 27-25, 16-14 to start the tournament.

The Raiders then beat Armstrong, 25-20 and 25-18.

Rogers went down next, 25-14, 25-18.

In the final match, Hastings lost to the state's No. 18-ranked team from Prior Lake, 16-25, 16-25.

In the tournament's opening match against Coon Rapids, Hastings fell behind 23-16 in the second game. That's when Jaime Beskau entered the Hastings lineup and served 11 points in a row to help the Raiders en route to victory.

"She served us all the way back," Girgen said. "She really did a great job."

Emily Hermanson was another new face making big contributions. She saw her first playing time of the year over the weekend.

"She came in and played very well," Girgen said. "She played in the back row for us. I was really proud of how she handled herself in her first match. Emily and Jaime did a fantastic job."

Vs Woodbury

Hastings lost a close four-game match to Woodbury last week. The Raiders won the first game, 25-23, but lost the next four: 22-25, 15-25 and 18-25.

Just winning one game over Woodbury was a big step for the Raiders.

"I'm pretty sure that's the first time we've taken a game from them since I've been coaching," Girgen said. "We hung in there, right with them, in that second game."

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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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