Tigers volleyball bounces back for split

After losing to Braham last week, the Rush City volleyball team bounced back to beat Hinckley-Finlayson.

The team traveled to face the Bombers, and even though the Tigers served at a 90-percent clip as a team, the girls lost 3-0 (23-25, 21-25, 23-25) Sept. 17.

Alissa Mell pounded seven kills and made one solo block, while Alecia Meier racked up four kills.

Abby Scherer, showcasing her defensive dexterity, made 20 digs and added one ace serve, and Taylor Youngblom recorded nine set assists.

“(It was) a tough loss tonight,” Coach Eric Telander said. “It’s never fun losing in three, then on top of it, it was our big rival. The girls never seemed to get into a groove, when one aspect of the game was on the others were off. Our attack was non-existent, which then gave Braham way too many free ball opportunities.”

The next day, the Tigers hosted and defeated the Jaguars 3-1 (25-23, 25-18, 21-25, 25-16), serving 93 percent as a team.

Mell smacked down six kills and Linzy Potter five, while Scherer tallied 20 digs.

Sierra Schrunk made the offense run with 11 assists.

“It was nice to come off that tough loss at Braham and get the win tonight,” Telander said. “It was difficult tonight. When one aspect of the game was on, some other piece to the puzzle was off. Give it time – these things will start syncing with more practice and reps together as a unit.”

The Rush City volleyball team is 4-2 in the Great River Conference and 6-6 overall. The Tigers will host the East Central Eagles (5-5) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 before traveling to Pine City to face the Dragons (0-11) at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1.

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