By Harry Lipsiea
In the first regular season matchup of the season Tuesday, the Lake Region State College volleyball team took their home court against NAIA opponent Presentation College out of Aberdeen, S.D.
By Harry Lipsiea Journal Sports In the first regular season matchup of the season Tuesday, the Lake Region State College volleyball team took their home court against NAIA opponent Presentation College out of Aberdeen, S.D.
When all was said and done, it was an up-and-down night for the Lake Region State College squad. Despite coming out extremely strong in the first set and willing their way to victory in the third set, the Royals fell in four against a salty Saint team.
“There were moments of greatness and times I thought we really played well as a team,” third-year head coach Brigitte Freschette told the Journal.“But there were other times when mental mistakes really hurt us. We just have to put it all together.”
The match began just as the Royals wanted to. Defensively, the squad was crisp receiving the serve well setting up the pass to the team’s middle hitters. Early kills by sophomores Abbey Braaten and Meghan Jorgenson gave the home team an early 11-12 advantage. Presentation, however, quickly responded by winning nine of the next 10 volleys by keep the ball alive and making strong plays at the net. Down by three, Lake Region State College battled back and knotted the game at 18. From there, it was all Presentation as three straight kills and a block gave the South Dakota team the 25-20 victory.
“We came out strong, but couldn’t hold on,” the coach said. “That’s a set we could have had.”
The Saints controlled all the action early in the second set. A pair of blocks, two kills and gave the away team a 6-0 lead to start the action.Presentation kept it going by winning the battle at the net taking a 14-5 lead. Despite trailing by a sizable margin, the Royals pushed ahead. Behind nice passes by Randii Widmer and Sara Schwanke, teammates Madison Taylor and Alexis Longtin recorded kills to get the team as close as four at 18-14. The Saints, however, did what they needed to scoring seven of the next nine points on the way to earning a 25-16 win in the second set of the night.
After falling in a set in which Lake Region State College got off to a slow start, the team was focused to come out with a bang in the third set. The Royals were hitting on all cylinders from the onset as Jorgenson and Braaten added kills to make the score 9-3 in favor of the home team. Presentation battled back winning at the net and with a few key defensive plays. A kill by the Saints tied the set at 15. From there, the Royals held strong. Strong plays by Braaten, Taylor and Jorgenson gave the team a 21-17 lead. Taylor kept it going with back-to-back kills helping Lake Region State College earn a 25-21 victory.
“We got the momentum early and kept it the whole time,” the coach said. The Saints came out eager to finish the match off in four sets.
Behind four kills, a block and an ace, Presentation took a gigantic 15-3 advantage early in the set. The Royals did what they could to battle back against the strong opponent. Presley Paintner added a kill. The efforts from Lake Region State College, however, just weren’t enough. Presentation College walked away with the 25-10 win in the set and a four-set victory for the match.
“We just need to find a way to stay consistent,” Freschette said. “There a lot of really good things happening, but we just need to string it all together.” The Royals host Trinity Bible College Wednesday (today) at 7 p.m.