Dragon volleyball team battles hard in playoffs

The Dragon volleyball team took down a feisty Mora squad on Oct. 27 in the first round of the playoffs, but despite gritty play on Oct. 29 they fell in the next round to the Proctor Rails.

 

The Dragon varsity volleyball team played well in two rounds of the playoffs, but while they were able to overcome a strong Mora squad, they came up short against Proctor and their season came to an end. 

Pine City vs. Mora

For the first round of playoffs, Pine City hosted Mora on Wednesday, Oct. 27.  

“Having played Mora early in the season (we won 3-1), we knew this was going to be a good match-up,” said Coach Tami Nelson. “This was an intense game with lots of great volleys.” 

The Dragons started strong winning the first set 25-15. They had some difficulty with passing and serving during the second set and ended up losing that set 20-25, but came back during the third set and won 25-23.

Nelson said the fourth set was a battle. 

“We were down by seven at one point and battled to get back into the game but came up a little short, losing that set 21-25.”

However, the Dragons came back strong during the final set and won 15-9.  

 Leading the Dragons in servings was Abby Aagaard (#2) with four ace serves and Kloey Lind (#3) with three ace serves. Leading the team offensively were Lind and Karly Jusczak (#23) with 13 kills each, Emma Hermanson (#10) with seven kills, Aagaard with five kills, Arissa Rydberg (#5) with three kills and 30 set assists, and Sage Staber (#11) with two kills. Leading the team defensively were Lind with four blocks and 12 digs, Rydberg with one block and 14 digs, and Jusczak with 13 digs. 

Pine Cityi vs. Proctor

For the second round of playoffs the Dragons traveled to Proctor to take on the Rails on Friday, Oct. 29. Nelson said the team had the opportunity to play  Proctor early in the season, so they knew this was going to be a tough match.  

The girls fought hard during the first set but came up short, losing 19-25. Nelson said that during the second set, the girls struggled with communication and reading the hitters, and as a result lost that set 13-25, 

“Knowing we had to win that third set or our season was over, the girls battled for every point but came up just short, losing that set 22-25,” Nelson said.  

Leading the team in serving was Aagaardwith two ace serves. Leading the team offensively were Lind and Jusczak with seven kills each. Aagaard and Rydberg each had two kills and Hermanson, Staber and Meaghan Macho (#31) each added one kill. Rydberg had 16 set assists. Leading the team defensively were Rydberg with three blocks and 10 digs, Lind with three blocks and six digs, Staber with three blocks and six digs, Hermanson with two blocks and five digs, Jusczak with eight digs, Macho and Aagaard each added seven digs.  

This unfortunately ended the Dragon volleyball season.  Coach Nelson said the team would like to wish senior Meaghan Macho best of luck in all she does after graduation.

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