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Roseville proves to be too much for Raiders

Again last week, the Hastings Raiders volleyball team took on a highly ranked team. Hastings played against Roseville and ended up falling in three sets, 25-22, 25-6 and 25-21.

“Roseville just turned it on,” coach Rita Girgen said. “In that second set, they just stepped it up. I don’t think it’s that we did poorly.

“Overall, we’re not disappointed in that match. They’re a good team. They’re ranked. We knew that if we wanted to compete, we’d have to show up all night.”

Hastings was able to keep the ball away from Roseville’s top player, a strong middle hitter, through the first set.

“We took them out of system – that didn’t allow them to use their middles,” Girgen said. “That was our goal going into it – to keep the ball away from their middles as much as possible. We were successful with that in the first set, and not as much in the second.”

Stats from the Roseville match went like this:


Heather Petersen – 5

Jenna Biskupski – 4


Set assists

Kaylyn Nicklay – 11


Service aces

Aleaha Zabel – 3


Serving points

Aleaha Zabel – 9

Kaylyn Nicklay – 7

Raelyn Reinardy – 6



Sabrina Astar – 8

Heather Petersen – 7


Solo blocks

Courtney Van De Velde – 1

Jenna Biskupski – 1


Block assists

Sabrina Astar – 2

Raelyn Reinardy – 2


Serve receive average

Aleaha Zabel – 2.13

Shelby Wassink – 2.08

Dig Pink

The Hastings High School volleyball program will be participating in the Side-Out Foundation’s Dig Pink October Rally. This is a nationwide event in which middle and high schools and colleges designate a certain game or tournament as a Dig Pink day to both educate the community about breast cancer and raise funds to go toward breast cancer research and compassionate support services.

The Hastings volleyball team is supporting this cause on Tuesday, Oct. 1, in its game against Mounds View. Junior varsity and B team games start at 5:30 p.m., with the varsity match beginning at 7 p.m. There will be a DJ and dancing between games, raffles and prizes. A grand prize will be awarded after the varsity game.

All supporters wearing the Hastings Dig Pink T-shirts will receive free admission and be eligible for prize drawings and one free slice of Green Mill pizza (available after the second set of the match).

T-shirt pickup is Monday, Sept. 30, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. outside the HHS gym, by the concessions. A limited number of shirts will be available at the game.

The Side-Out Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to making a significant and identifiable difference in the lives of breast cancer patients and their families. It was established in 2004 to unite volleyball players and coaches and to have them work toward the common goal of advancing clinical trials, increasing compassionate support services and educating communities. The Side-Out Foundation contributes the funds to organizations that serve breast cancer patients, whether it is in the form of research, medical services or compassionate support.