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The Raiderette volleyball squad dropped their final two games of the regular season last week, falling to Southwest Valley at home before traveling west to East Mills to close out the regular season schedule and enter Pride of Iowa Conference tournament play and regional tournament play following.
Against the Southwest Valley Timberwolves on Tuesday, October 5, the Raiderettes put up a fight to the end, but ultimately falling 3-0 overall.
The first set saw the teams neck-and-neck, but late, the Timberwolves rallied to take a 25-0 win. The second set the Raiderettes fell behind and couldn’t quite keep up, falling 25-15.
The third set looked like it could take us into another match, but Southwest Valley came out on top with a 25-21 win to drop the Raiderettes to 9-9 on the season.
The Raiderette offense was led by the attacking of Addy Reynolds who had seven overall, along with Payten Lambert who had six.
Hayden Ruggles was the Raiderettes leading player in assists, with 11 total.
Defensively, the Raiderettes saw four solo blocks, two from Halsie Barnes, with Kacee Klommhaus and Linsie Barnes recording one each, as well.
At the serve line, Addy Reynolds and Maddie Stewart led the team, both going 11-of-12, however, Stewart had one of the Raiderettes three aces.
The other two came from Tabby Henle and Kaylie Shields.
On Thursday, the Raiderettes traveled west to East Mills to face the Wovlerines.
The Raiderettes kept things close in the first and third sets once again, but struggled in the second.
The Wolverines defeated the Raiderettes in set one, 25-23 and controlled the second set, downing Mount Ayr 25-12 before closing things out with a tough 25-22 win in set three.
Ruggles and Shields led the team in assists with 14 and 10, respectively, to combine for the teams 24 total.
Addy Reynolds was once again on top as the Raiderettes leader in kills with 11, on the offensive side of things.
The Raiderettes only recorded two solo blocks on the night, with Tegan Streit and Linsie Barnes each recording one.
The serving for the Raiderettes saw them successful on 55-of-59 total with six aces.
Shields and Olivia Huntington each had two aces recorded.
The Raiderettes fell to 9-10 on the season before Pride of Iowa play.
Pool play in the Pride of Iowa began Monday, October 11, with the Raiderettes headed to Afton to take on the East Union Eagles.
It was a good night for the Raiderettes as they ended the contest after three sets, however, the second set was another tough go for the Mount Ayr girls.
“I just don’t feel like we have the energy in that second set coming right out of the shoot and they need to keep the energy up in that second set,” said coach Graham. “We keep telling them they have to come out with that same energy and keep working on that to get over it.”
The Raiderettes won set one 25-21, set two 25-23 and won set three 25-17.
“It feels great,” said coach Graham on getting a night one win. “Every day last week, they got better and better. Ending that game against East Mills, we told them to not hang their heads. It was good volleyball. We told them they needed to be better against East Union.”
Kacee Klommhaus had a great night attacking the net against the Eagles, blocking multiple kill attempts that would go on to result in points for the Raiderettes, something that did not get passed coach Kristen Graham.
“I feel like our assistant coach Hannah is working well with Kacee,” said coach Graham. “She has made huge improvements since last year and she is a big asset for us on that right side.”
The Raiderettes hosted the Pride of Iowa championship on Tuesday night.