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Volleyball: Raiders struggling to find wins, now at 3-10 on the season

According to head coach Rita Girgen, the Hastings volleyball team has plenty of talent. The Raiders have all kinds of ability and skill. The team, though, hasn’t been able to find a winning formula just yet. Despite that ability and talent, the Raiders are 3-10 on the year. The team’s main goal right now is to get that formula figured out by season’s end.

“We are collectively trying to work out these kinks together,” Girgen said. “We know what they are. We’re learning how to get over them together. We’re creating our own adversity. We have to figure out how to manage it – that’s where we’re at.”

After a big win over Tartan on Sept. 17, which saw the team come back from down 0-2 to win 3-2, Hastings has lost three matches in a row. The team lost to North St. Paul on Sept. 22, then fell to Simley on Sept. 24 and Mahtomedi on Sept. 29.

“We’re not executing on our end,” Girgen said “Because of it, we’re struggling to produce wins. We’re walking away from too many matches where the better team did not win.”

Hastings is getting some strong performances from several players, Girgen said. Mallory Brake has earned a starting role for the team. She is an eighth-grader.

“We really like the role she is taking on,” Girgen said. “She’s a great defensive player for us on the net. Her offensive game has come along really well, too. We’re super excited about what she’s providing right now.”

Her sister Tori Brake is also seeing more playing time. Tori Brake is a junior.

“She has been seeing more and more playing time in the back row,” Girgen said. “She is going out there and is very consistent. She’s calm and collected. She’s been really stepping in and giving some of our defensive players a break when they need it.”

Marissa Stockman, a sophomore, is also coming on strong.

“She has been playing really well,” Girgen said. “She’s really turning it on. She’s been a big contributor for us. She has been elevating her game the last two weeks.”

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