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Raider Netters Struggle In Match, Tourney

By Staff | Sep 23, 2008

RUTHVEN – The Raider volleyball team struggled in action late last week, starting with a 3-0 loss to Clay Central-Everly on Thursday and a fourth place finish on Saturday at their own tourney.

On Thursday, the Raiders fell by scores of 11-25, 11-25 and 18-25.

Amanda Long led the serving with nine of nine and three aces as the team had 37 of 42 serves with eight aces.

Sadie Forey made six of 10 hits to lead the effort, while Megan Alexander dished out three helpers and Jessica Larson made eight digs.

“This was a really tough night for us,” noted RA Head Coach Kim Sierck. “We didn’t pass well and obviously that affects the offensive side of the game.”

On Saturday, the Raiders hosted Graettinger/Terril, Harris-Lake Park and Woden-Crystal Lake-Titonka in a round-robin tournament. H-LP would take the tourney crown, with Graettinger/Terril second and W-CL-T finishing ahead of the Raiders.

Ruthven-Ayrshire fell by scores of 21-8 and 21-8 to Graettinger/Terril, then lost to Harris-Lake Park by 21-14 and 21-16 scores before falling to WCLT by 21-12 scores in both games.

Jessica Larson was 16 of 16 serving on the day with seven aces, while Megan Alexander made 15 of 17 serves with two aces and both Sadie Forey and Amanda Long had nine of 11 serves with an ace.

Sadie Forey led the offense with 28 of 36 hits and seven kills, while Amanda Long added 10 of 16 hits with three kills. Jessica Larson chipped in nine of 11 hits with a kill for the Raiders.

Megan Alexander would dish out 13 assists on the day for Ruthven-Ayrshire, while Sadie Forey had eight digs and Amanda Long and Jessica Larson both made six digs.

“We weren’t able to put much together offensively because we didn’t pass the ball well,” noted Sierck. “We struggled all day with our serve receptions.”

Sierck continued, “Serving-wise I was happier with the effort we put forth. The percentage was up close to where it needs to be to stay competitive.

Ruthven-Ayrshire will travel to Graettinger/Terril on Thursday, Sept. 25.