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Raider Netters Claim Season Opening Match

By Staff | Sep 9, 2009

BATTLE?AT?THE?NET -- Ruthven-Ayrshire’s Alesha Sikora makes an attack at the net against Storm Lake St. Mary’s in volleyball action last Thursday night. The Raiders claimed a 3-1 match victory of the Panthers. Please turn to page 15B for game results. -- Dan Voigt photo

RUTHVEN – The volleyball season started on a positive note for the Raiders of Ruthven-Ayrshire with a 3-1 match win over St. Mary’s of Storm Lake on Thursday, Sept. 3.

“This win was a great way to start off the season,” noted Ruthven-Ayrshire Head Coach Kim Sierck.

Ruthven-Ayrshire won the first game of the match by a 25-17 score, but St. Marys rallied to take game two by a 25-20 tally. The Raiders came back and earned the game three win with a 25-17 tally and then sealed the deal with a 25-17 win in the deciding fourth game.

Jessica Larson would have the hot hand for the Raiders, as she made 44 of 45 serving attempts and tallied 14 aces. Larson engineered an 11-point run in the first game and got the Raiders back on track with 15 straight points in game three to give the Raiders the momentum they needed to claim the match win.

As a team, Ruthven-Ayrshire made 82 of 94 serves with 19 aces.

Alesha Sikora made 12 of 14 serves, while Kayla Dyer added seven of 10 serves with a trio of aces. Sadie Forey was six of six serving, while Geena Blake added three of five serves with an ace and Kendra Feldman added one of four serving attempts to the tally.

At the net, Sadie Forey had 19 of 23 hits with eight kills, while Kendra Feldman added 12 of 17 hits with four kills and Kayla Dyer made 11 of 13 hits with four kills. Miranda McGrauth came up with five of 10 hits and four kills, while Jessica Larson added five of six hits with a pair of kills and Megan Alexander added four of five hits. As a team, the Raiders made 56 of their 74 hitting attempts, and drilled 22 kills in the match.

Megan Alexander handed out 11 assists, while Alesha Sikora and Miranda McGrauth both had two helpers and Sadie Forey added one assist.

Megan Alexander dug out nine shots, while Sadie Forey had eight digs. Geena Blake added six digs, while Alesha Sikora dug out five shots. Jessica Larson and Caitlyn Reed both had three digs and Kendra Feldman dug out one shot.

Sadie Forey would have a solo block and assisted on one block with Megan Alexander.

“Defensively, I was happy with our play,”?Coach Sierck noted. “We changed a couple of things this season, and the girls have don e a great job adjusting to that. I thought the girls covered the floor well for the most part, and communicated with each other pretty well.”

Sierck continued, “on the offensive side of things, I’d like to see the sets spread out across the net a little more, but I?think that will come with time and with these girls gaining experience with one another on the court.”