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Volleyball: Raiders fall to Tigers in four

Experience. Composure. Maturity. Those were the three words Hastings High School volleyball coach Rita Girgen used to describe her team after their first match.

The match was a loss to Farmington, but Girgen was encouraged by what she saw, to say the least.

The Tigers took it to the Raiders in the first two games, 12-25 and 12-25.

But Hastings rallied back to win the third game, 25-23, before falling in the fourth game, 26-28.

"Years ago, if we would have lost two games like that, we would have just crumbled," Girgen said. "These girls know we can do it. They know they can do some really good things, so they didn't quit. I'm really proud of what the girls did. They battled back and got the match to four games."

Farmington had a lot riding on the game. They're supposed to be a much-improved team this year, and they were playing their first match in their new school.

Girgen said some first-match nerves may have gotten the best of the Raiders.

"We had some jitters," she said. "We came out of the gates slow. We had to make a couple lineup changes from the second game to the third game, and those worked to our benefit."

Girgen highlighted the play of Lisa Kranz, Devon Santelman and Marissa Holmes.

"Lisa did a fantastic job running the floor and making really smart decisions," Girgen said. "Devon played amazing. She led the team in digs. Our goal is to funnel the ball to Devon as much as we can. We did a good job of that.

"Marissa, our outside hitter, had a solid game as well."

Girgen also recognized the team for the positives.

"In the first two games, we had a lot of unforced errors," she said. "Once we started putting the ball in play and making good choices, Farmington fell apart and we exploited that and ran with it. We took that third game and had every opportunity to win the fourth one. It was a great match overall."

Holmes led Hastings in kills with 13.

Kranz had six.

Santelman was the team leader in digs with 25. Kranz had 10.

Lizzy Keena had three blocks, and Holmes had two.

Santelman and Holmes each had two service aces.

Biancca DuFour had 16 serving points to lead the team.

Kranz had 23 set assists.