Lady Royals volleyball start season off with 3-1 victory

Matt Nielsen Journal Sports
Maddi Johnston (right) and Jasmine Lafournaise (left) go up for a block during Tuesday nights game against Presentation College.

By Matt Nielsen

Journal Sports

The Lake Region State College volleyball team started their season off on a high note by defeating the Presentation College Saints by a score of 3-1.

The Royals came out sluggish in the first game and the Saints took advantage of the Royals mistakes. Presentation College took a demanding lead late in the first game and went on to win it by a score of 25-15.

“We did have some nerves on the floor in the first game. It was the first game of the season and we were a little shaky,” said head Coach Brigitte Freschette.

The second game proved to be much more competitive as the teams traded points throughout the match. The Royals calmed down from their first game jitters and took game two by a score of 25-22.     

Game three was easily the most exciting match of the night with both teams playing great volleyball. The Saints had a 24-22 lead and it looked like they were going to take a 2-1 lead but the Lady Royals fought back to tie it at 24-24.     

The teams swapped points for quite some time and the nerves were heavy on both sides of the net. Both teams knew that this game was going to be a huge momentum changer for whoever won it. The LRSC student section chanted throughout the extra points and went ecstatic once the Royals earned the 33-31 victory.    

“The momentum shift was huge after the third game,” said Freschette.    

The Royals had all of the momentum going into the fourth game and it looked like the Saints were deflated. LRSC took an early lead and never looked back in the fourth game and finished the Saints off 25-19 for a 3-1 victory.     

It was a lot of these girls’ first time playing at this level which is always a challenge at first.     

“I thought that our freshmen were very nervous in game one but as they kept going and figured out what they were doing you could tell the nerves completely came out of them and they started to attack, communicate and improve.”    

The Royals are now 1-0 heading into the Northland Triangular which is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. today in Thief River Falls, MN.  LRSC will play three matches there before taking a weekend trip to Bismarck on Friday and Saturday to compete in the Mystic Labor Day Classic.     

“This road trip will show us if we are in shape and if we can keep the tempo up.”    

The Royals only won four games last season so this is already a major stepping stone in the right direction.    

“This first victory is going to be huge for the tempo of the year,” added Freschette.    Players of the game:    

Abbey Bratten: “Abbey played well and stepped up as a freshmen. You could see win all over her face,” said Freschette.

Jasmine Lafournaise: “Jasmine did a great job and went all out tonight,” said Freschette.