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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • LRSC Royal volleyball off to running start

  • By Harry Lipsiea
    Journal Sports
    As the 2014 calendar flipped to August, it was a clear sign that the fall sports season is almost upon us. For one area squad, it's already here. Looking to build on a successful 2013 campaign, the Lake Region State College volleyball team held its first practice Monday morning.
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  • By Harry Lipsiea
    Journal Sports
    As the 2014 calendar flipped to August, it was a clear sign that the fall sports season is almost upon us. For one area squad, it's already here. Looking to build on a successful 2013 campaign, the Lake Region State College volleyball team held its first practice Monday morning.
    With thirteen athletes working hard each day, third-year head coach Brigitte Freschette has been extremely pleased with what she has seen out of her athletes in the opening practice sessions.
    "It's been great," the Royal coach noted. "The work ethic has been very strong. These athletes work very hard and are invested into the program. That's a huge component to being successful at the college level."
    This season's Lake Region State College volleyball team will feature an exciting mix of new and old.
    Sophomores Sara Schwanke, Meghan Jorgenson, Abby Braaten, Alexis Longtin and Randii Widmer return to the Devils Lake Sports Center court after seeing significant playing time a year ago as freshmen.
    "We bring back five quality sophomores that know exactly what to expect out of the college game," Freschette commented. "It's exciting to have such a solid returning core of players."
    To go along with five returners, the Royal program welcomes the addition of eight talented freshmen. Dru Lunday, Madison Taylor, Renae Fafard, Cody Shwaluk, Presley Paintner, Ali Joslyn, Lindsey Louters and Mataya Harrison.
    "It's a very competitive group of freshmen who are fundamentally sound," the coach noted. "They are excited to play at the college level."
    Practice may have seemed to arrive a little early, but the Royals' entire schedule begins a little sooner than average. On Aug. 20, Lake Region State College hosts Dakota College of Bottineau in a scrimmage.
    The event begins with a tailgate party at 5 p.m. followed by warmup at 6 p.m. and match at 7 p.m. The scrimmage is free to the public. The night will also feature a meet-and-greet event with "Future Royals." The first 100 children in attendance will receive a free T-shirt.
    "It should be a fun night," Freschette pointed out. "It will give us an opportunity to see where we are at."
    Not long after, the Royals travel to Willmar, Minn., for the Ridgewater Tournament. Set for Aug. 22 and 23, the tourney will feature some of the top teams in the nation. Lake Region State College then has its home opener Aug. 26 against Presentation College.
    The Royals host Trinity Bible College the next evening. Both the Aug. 26 and 27 matches will be held at 7 p.m. at the Devils Lake Sports Center.
    "We had a great following last season and we hope that can keep up this year," the coach stated. "I think it's going to be a very exciting year."

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