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Volleyball team beats White Bear Lake

The non-conference season concluded last week for the Hastings volleyball team with a 3-1 loss to Farmington.

The good news for the Raiders this week was that they were able to open Suburban East Conference play with a win. Hastings beat White Bear Lake on Tuesday, 3-2.

Hastings now has a 4-6 record on the season.

In the match against the Bears, Hastings won the first set easily, 25-13.

“It was over as quickly as it started,” coach Rita Girgen said. “Then we let up a little bit. I think we got too comfortable. We really dominated that first set, and then we let our guard down and they won the next two.”

Trailing 2-1, Hastings battled back and won the next two sets to win the match, 3-2.

“We had some fighting to do,” Girgen said. “That’s what we did.”

Girgen said the win was made possible because of strong play from the seniors on the roster.

“Our seniors really stepped it up,” she said. “It’s a tribute to them. I feel like they made that match. They stepped in and they did their job. They really executed well.”

Heather Petersen had an especially strong match, Girgen said.

“She played all the way around for us,” she said. “We hadn’t done that this year. Her defense was as strong as her offense. We wanted her to eventually be able to take on that role. Tuesday night was her opportunity, and she pulled it off. She did a really good job.”

Kaylyn Nicklay had another strong night as the team’s setter, Girgen said.

“She always plays a solid game, and Tuesday night was no different,” she said. “She was solid all the way around.”

Shelby Wassink also had a good night on the court.

“She had a really strong game defensively,” Girgen said. “She passed and serve received really well. She really stood out.”

Nicole Bauer also had a strong night, Girgen said.

“She stepped into a position where we needed her to perform, and she did a great job,” Girgen said.

Petersen led Hastings in kills with 18. Sabrina Astar had 13.

Nicklay had 38 set assists for the Raiders.

Wassink and Petersen each had 10 digs, while Nicklay and Astar each had seven.

Raelyn Reinardy had five block assists. Astar had four.

Nicklay finished with 13 serving points, while Bauer had seven.

In serve receive average, the leader was Reinardy at 2.38.

Bauer was at 2.13, Astar was at 1.92 and Petersen was at 1.87.

Vs Farmington

In the Farmington loss, Hastings was led by 13 kills from junior captain Sabrina Astar. Raelyn Reinardy had six kills and Heather Petersen had five.

Other stats went like this:

Set assists

Kaylyn Nicklay — 28


Shelby Wassink — 14

Nicole Bauer — 11

Kaylyn Nicklay — 9

Raelyn Reinardy — 9

Solo blocks

Sabrina Astar — 3

Block assists

Sabrina Astar — 4

Serve receive average

Shelby Wassink — 2.11

Raelyn Reinardy — 2.09

Service aces

Kaylyn Nicklay — 4

Raelyn Reinardy — 2

Serving points

Kaylyn Nicklay — 15

Nicole Bauer — 5

Raelyn Reinardy — 5