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Raiders volleyball team wins three more MEC matchups

The Hastings girls volleyball team is 8-3 on the season and undefeated in Metro East Conference play. 

That sentence is music to the ears of volleyball fans here who watched the Raiders dismantle Henry Sibley on Thursday in three straight games.

The Warriors were vastly overmatched in the contest and Hastings cruised to a 25-14, 25-7 and 25-18 win. It wasn’t long ago that Hastings was the team on the other side of some tough losses like that one.

“I’m really proud of how the girls handled themselves through that one,” coach Rita Girgen said. “It’s easy to play down to teams, but we didn’t. We gave in a little bit in that last set with them, but we still stuck it out. It’s really difficult to play those matches – it can be just as difficult to play those as it is the top teams.”

Sibley is 2-6 on the season and 0-3 in conference play.

Here are stats from the Sibley match:

Kills

Sabrina Astar: 12

Maddie Sandrin, Jenna Biskupski, Raelyn Reinardy: 4 each

Set assists

Meagan Friederichs: 10

Katie Burr: 8

Serve receive average (3.0 scale)

Paige Ahrens: 2.71

Aleaha Zabel: 2.14

Raelyn Reinardy: 2.13

Digs

Raelyn Reinardy: 6

Katie Burr and Paige Ahrens: 5 each

Aleaha Zabel & Meagan Friederichs: 4 each

Solo blocks

Lexy Langenfeld: 2

Jenna Biskupski and Brooke Beissel: 1 each

Block assists

Lexy Langenfeld: 4

Jenna Biskupski: 2

Service aces

Paige Ahrens: 4

Maddie Sandrin and Raelyn Reinardy: 2 each

Serving points

Raelyn Reinardy: 12

Katie Burr and Paige Ahrens: 11 each

Vs Hill-Murray

On Tuesday, Sept. 9, Hastings had all kinds of trouble against Hill-Murray in the opening set of a MEC matchup. The Raiders, though, figured things out in a hurry and came on strong to win.

The Pioneers won the first set, 25-15, before Hastings reeled off three wins in a row – 25-20, 25-23 and 25-18.

“Starting out, we were neck and neck with them,” Girgen said. “They ran with it to close out the first set, but after that we just stepped it up. We realized this was a team we could play with and beat. It was just a mentality after that point. We put it all together. The girls played phenomenal volleyball.”

Defense was the key, Girgen said.

“Our defense was amazing,” she said. “Our defense at the net. Our defense in the back row. All around we made some big plays. That was the difference between us winning and losing that night. Our defense was so on – it really shut them down.”

Here are the stats:

Kills

Sabrina Astar and Maddie Sandrin: 11 each

Jenna Biskupski: 7

Set assists

Katie Burr: 16

Meagan Friederichs: 10

Serve receive average (3.0 scale)

Paige Ahrens: 1.7

Digs

Paige Ahrens: 5

Raelyn Reinardy: 3

Solo blocks

Lexy Langenfeld: 1

Block assists

Maddie Sandrin, Jenna Biskupski, Sabrina Astar, Lexy Langenfeld: 3 each

Service aces

Katie Burr: 3

Serving points

Meagan Friederichs: 19

Raelyn Reinardy: 11

Katie Burr: 8

Tuesday

Hastings beat Tartan on Tuesday night in four sets to pick up another Metro East Conference win.

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