PREP VOLLEYBALL: Panthers get past Knights in three sets
TRACY – The Tracy-Milroy-Balaton and Russell-Tyler-Ruthton volleyball teams faced off in Tracy on Tuesday night. RTR had a strong defensive effort, but the Panthers still managed to win in three sets.
RTR senior Lexi Wendland said that despite the loss, this was one of their better games so far for this season. “I think that this was one of our stronger games,” she said. “We haven’t played one of our best games yet, but this is one where we definitely stepped up and brought our play to the game. I think running our offense quicker and not tipping as much will help us out in our next game, because we tip too much and we need to not be as aggressive. Mya Christensen set up our offense really well so we could put the ball away, and our defense like Kalleigh Carr and Tina Haroldson definitely showed up to pass the ball.”
The Panthers showed up with some strong hits right away from seniors Sidney Karbo and Sydney Lanoue. The Knights managed to keep up with TMB until the Panthers earned a small lead that won them the first set 25-22.
The second set was a lot like the first in that the Knights couldn’t gain a lead over TMB. The Panthers started with a 7-2 lead before RTR started to gain some momentum when senior Mya Christensen was at the line serving. RTR managed to briefly catch up to TMB with a quick 17-17 tie, but the Panthers won the second set 25-20.
TMB head coach Rick Haberman said a big factor in the win was the aggressiveness of his team. “I think we did a good job staying aggressive offensively,” he said. “I think we did a good job of not deflating, and it was good to see.”
TMB accomplished a quick 12-6 lead over RTR in the third set. Knights sophomore Madison Witte was strong at the net defensively, but overall TMB was placing their hits better. Tina Haroldson and Wendland led the offensive effort for the Knights, but TMB pulled ahead, winning the last set of the night 25-19.
Lanoue led the way for TMB with 26 kills while Evy Dolan added 10. Kaylee Kirk led in digs with 17 while Cassidy Smith led in set assists with 45. Wendland led the way for RTR with 15 kills while Haroldson had 12. Haroldson and Carr led in digs with 21 each while Christensen had 29 set assists.
Haberman said that he was impressed with the teamwork that his group brought to the court. “It was a good team effort; we struggled with our passing a little bit on serve and receive but we cleaned that up,” he said. “We will practice control on the ball and serve receive for the next game. We are probably serving at a percentage that we would like to see higher, so we would like to see our serving cleaned up.”
Haberman also noted the defensive power that the Knights displayed in the game. “I think RTR did a really great job defensively and really scrapped well,” he said. “They kept a number of balls alive that sometimes would maybe be down.”
TMB will hit the road for a matchup against Minneota on Thursday at 7:15 p.m. while RTR will face Renville County West on Thursday at 7:15 p.m.
TMB 25 25 25
Lakeview 22 20 19
Serving (Ace): TMB (Smith, Dolan, Edwards, Lanoue 1 ace); RTR (Baartman 1).
Kills: TMB (Lanoue 26; Dolan 10; Edwards 6); RTR (Wendland 15; Haroldson 12).
Digs: TMB (Kirk 17; Smith 13; Lanoue 10); RTR (Carr, Haroldson 21; Muenchow 15).
Set Assists: TMB (Smith 45); RTR (Christensen 29).
Blocks: TMB (Karbo 3; Dolan 2); RTR (Witte 3).