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Volleyball: Raiders improve as MEC play starts

Senior Josie Pechous gets ready to receive the serve during Hastings' match against St. Paul Highland Park at the start of the season. Photo courtesy of Beck Photography1 / 2
Junior hitter Kaitlyn Shingledecker slams home the spike against St. Paul Highland Park. Photo courtesy of Beck Photography2 / 2

The Hastings Raiders' volleyball team is becoming more and more competitive every match as they had into the heart of Metro East Conference play. The Raiders lost at rival Park 3-1 (24-26, 25-18, 24-26, 17-25) on Sept. 12, and then had a loss at Tartan (25-28, 25-20, 7-25, 15-25) on Thursday, Sept. 14. Hastings is now 1-9-0 overall and 0-2 in the MEC.

Park

"We played our best volleyball to date," head coach Amy Johnson said about the Raiders' match against Park. "We had set point on Park in two different sets and just could not close it. We played every part of the game well that night."

Senior Josie Pechous led Hastings in kills with 13 while sophomore Mallory Brake was right behind her with 12. Johnson also said that her offense ran through several different players throughout the match.

"Paula Scharfe was key for us in passing and three setters at different times led our offense, senior Anna Milton, junior Charisma Denning and sophomore Reilly Johnson," she said. "We let this match slip away, but it was a great step in the right direction. We played as a team and trusted each other on the court."

Johnson cited Milton as having 11 assists, Johnson with nine and Denning added seven.

Tartan

"We hoped to carry that (momentum) into our match at Tartan," Johnson said about the match against the Titans. "We had moments of playing good volleyball on Thursday night, but too many unforced errors was too much to overcome. We can play solid volleyball. This past week proved we have that in us, we just need to do that more consistently."

Hastings hosts Mahtomedi on Thursday, Sept. 21, and then travels to River Falls for a tournament this weekend.

Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a sports reporter and general assignment reporter at the Hastings Star Gazette. He is a journalism graduate of Drake University.

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