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Hastings gets No. 7 seed, opens play in section volleyball tournament

There’s no question about it – the regular season went about as well as it could have for the Hastings volleyball team.

Now, though, the Raiders are preparing for the most important time of the year – the playoffs.

Hastings opened play last night (Wednesday) in the Section 1AAA volleyball tournament. The Raiders hosted Albert Lea.

Hastings has the No. 7 seed in the section, while Albert Lea is No. 10.

If Hastings was victorious over Albert Lea, they’ll travel to Owatonna for a 7 p.m. game on Friday. Owatonna is the No. 2 seed in the section.

The seeding meeting certainly didn’t go well for Hastings, which entered the meeting with a ranking of No. 3, according to the mathematical formulas that typically help sort things out.

The Raiders, though, slid down to No. 7 after coaches voted. Hastings is an outcast in the conference, so to speak, competing in a different conference than most of the teams. The section includes No. 1 seeded Rochester Mayo, No. 3 seeded Faribault, No. 4 seeded Farmington, No. 5 seeded Rochester John Marshall, No. 6 Rochester Century, Winona, Northfield and Red Wing, in addition to Hastings and Albert Lea.

“The way we looked at it, our seed is just a number,” coach Rita Girgen said. “No matter what, we have to show up and play against Albert Lea first. No matter what, we’re going to have beat these teams to advance. We got a home match out of the deal, which we’re pretty excited about.”

The section semifinals are Oct. 30 and the finals are Nov. 1.

Vs Woodbury

Hastings got a non-conference match in on Monday against the Woodbury Royals and won in five sets, 25-23, 21-25, 21-25, 25-14 and 15-8.

“We started out kind of slow,” Girgen said. “Even in the first set, in all reality, we played slow. You could just tell we had some time off from the MEA break. It took us until the fourth set to warm up. Once that one started, it was lights out.”

Hastings led in that fourth set by a score of 21-4.

Girgen said several Raiders had strong outings, including Raelyn Reinardy.

“She stepped up and had a fantastic match from start to finish,” Girgen said. “Her offense was just spot on. She was very effective for us in the front.”

Aleaha Zabel served for Hastings during a big run in that fourth set.

“She had a great game for us,” Girgen said.

Paige Ahrens also had a strong night.

“She finished really strong in the back row for us,” Girgen said. “Her defense always helps lead the way for us. She sets the tone.”

Stats from the Woodbury match went like this:

Kills

Sabrina Astar: 15

Raelyn Reinardy: 10

Lexy Langenfeld: 8

Set assists

Sabrina McCloud and Meagan Friederichs: 12 each

Katie Burr: 11

Serve receive average (3.0 scale)

Paige Ahrens: 2.47

Aleaha Zabel: 2.27

Raelyn Reinardy: 1.89

Digs

Pagie Ahrens: 22

Raelyn Reinardy: 10

Meagan Friederichs: 8

Solo blocks

Sabrina Astar: 1

Block assists

Maddie Sandrin and Lexy Langenfeld: 3 each

Sabrina Astar and Raelyn Reinardy: 2 each

Service aces

Aleaha Zabel: 4

Sabrina McCloud: 3

Serving points

Aleaha Zabel: 18

Raelyn Reinardy: 13

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