After defeating Pine City in an exciting game earlier in the week, the Rush City volleyball team fell to Aitkin last Thursday.
The team took the trip to Pine City on Oct. 1 and after losing the first two sets, the girls served 97 percent as a team to win the next three sets and bring home a 3-2 (21-25, 22-25, 25-12, 25-11, 15-7) victory.
For the seniors, Mackenzie Sherrill had 16 kills, 12 digs and one ace serve; Alecia Meier, 10 kills and two ace blocks; Sierra Shrunk, 17 set assists and one ace serve; and Abby Scherer, 25 digs. Meantime, freshman Summer Garr slammed down seven kills and made two ace serves.
“Wow, what a comeback,” said Coach Eric Telander. “In the first two sets, our girls were not moving, not talking, and pretty much everything we did was a struggle. Then for some reason we came alive in the last three sets. It was a night that the girls need to remember, that no matter the circumstances they can never give up.”
On the road again, the girls visited Aitkin where they served over 90 percent as a team but lost 3-1 (25-23, 19-25, 21-25, 21-25) to the Gobblers.
Sherrill banged down 13 kills, Garr nine, while Shrunk made 16 set assists and Scherer got under 25 digs.
“We played a good team tonight,” said Coach Telander. “Our girls have nothing to be ashamed of. We played hard and never gave up. It’s just unfortunate that we made the mistakes when we did. They came at tight moments in the matches, and we just can’t do that against teams like Aitkin.”
The Rush City volleyball team has a 6-3 Great River Conference and 8-7 overall record. The girls will host the Onamia Panthers (14-4 record) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 before traveling to Maranatha Christian Academy in Brooklyn Park to face the 8-8 Mustangs at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15. The Tigers will then host the Ogilvie Lions (1-15) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16.