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Hastings Heat volleyball team competes in Reno

The Hastings Heat Junior Olympic volleyball 14-1's team took the court at the 2010 USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships last Friday after airline delays forced the team to forfeit their first three games last Thursday.

Six losses to teams from Texas, Illinois, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin dropped the girls into last place in the division.

It wasn't for lack of trying. Once the Hastings girls finally got to play, they scored at least 15 points in all but two of the 12 sets they played. The teams played to 25.

Hastings team members are Jordan Engel, Shelby Wassink, Heather Petersen, Courtney Van De Velde, Rachel Bruch-Andersen, Kaylyn Nicklay, Erin Potter-Rank, Nicole Bauer, Rachel Reamer and Jennifer Lindberg. Their coaches are Rita Girgen, Elly Braaten and Bob Petersen.