Royal volleyball team falls in three sets to Mystics

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal
Cody Shwaluk, Lake Region State College freshman, adds a kill Wednesday.

By Harry Lipsiea

Journal Sports

The Lake Region State College volleyball team took to the Devils Lake Sports Center floor for the last time this season Wednesday evening.

The Royals played host to Bismarck State College in the regular season finale. Despite competing well, particularly in the first two sets, the home team fell short by scores of 20-25, 20-25 and 15-25.

“Our communcation was little bit off tonight,” Bridgette Freschette, Lake Region State College volleyball coach, told the Journal Wednesday after the match. “”We just didn’t talk quite enough and our block was just a little off tonight.”

There were still plenty of positives for the Royals. In the first and second sets, Lake Region State College used good passing and defense to keep right with a solid Mystic team. The difference, however, was the Royals inability to win battles at the net.

“Our block has been a definite strength for us this season,” Freschette commented. “We just weren’t able to finish tonight and that definitely made a difference.”

The coach noted that the team’s serve receive and defense were solid.

“We did very, very well setting up our offense, but we just struggled getting kills at the end.

Cody Shwaluk and Sara Schwanke each had six kills in the loss for the Royals. Ali Joslyn had 19 digs while Abbey Braaten had 16. Meghan Jorgenson had two blocks while Alexis Longtin had one. Schwanke had 14 assists while Ranae Fafard added seven.

Lake Region State College is now preparing for 2014 sub-regional tournament beginning Saturday in Ironwood, Michigan. The winner of the four-team, double-elimination tournament moves on to regionals.

“It’s a whole new season,” Freschette stated. “Our girls are very excited.”