RC volleyball gears up for post-season

Summer Garr slammed five kills over the Onamia Panthers last Thursday. Photo by Victoria Dahlin

Summer Garr slammed five kills over the Onamia Panthers last Thursday. Photo by Victoria Dahlin

After competing in the Braham Tournament, the Tiger volleyball team split its two games last week.

Rush City finished fourth out of eight teams in the Braham Tournament Oct. 6 by beating Barnum 2-1 (19-25, 25-14, 15-13) and Princeton 2-1 (25-18, 21-25, 17-15) before falling to Albany 2-0 (9-25, 15-25) and Kimball Area 2-0 (13-25, 21-25).

The Tigers continued their serving success, exceeding 90 percent as a team for the tournament.

Mackenzie Sherrill had 18 kills, 23 digs and eight ace serves, while Summer Garr made 13 kills and three ace serves. Abby Scherer made 30 digs and Sierra Shrunk, 25 set assists.

“Overall I think the tournament went well,” said coach Eric Telander. “Going two for two on the day is nothing to hang our heads for. Albany and Kimball are both really great teams. We may have lost to them, but we gained experience and gained a desire to improve and to compete against teams like that.”

On Oct. 8, the Tigers traveled to Hinckley and came back on a 10-1 run in the final set to tame the Jaguars 3-2 (25-19, 18-25, 22-25, 25-16, 15-13), while once again serving over 90 percent.

Sherrill slammed 10 kills and six ace serves, while Garr hit five kills.

Taniel Schellbach gets under the ball for a dig in the home game against Onamia. Photo by Victoria Dahlin

Taniel Schellbach gets under the ball for a dig in the home game against Onamia. Photo by Victoria Dahlin

Shrunk had 10 set assists and 16 digs, Sammi Herberg made 12 digs and one kill, while Scherer got under 14 digs.

“We are having some troubles with finishing,” said coach Telander. “We are getting into ruts, long stretches of points given up. We have to mentally stay strong and focus on fundamentals when in those situations. On another note, we were down 12-5 in the final set. To come back describes a lot about the character of this team. They don’t give up.”

Last Thursday Rush City hosted the Panthers and though the Tigers served 94 percent, fell 3-1 (11-25, 25-19, 16-25, 12-25).

Alecia Meier pounded over nine kills, Garr scored five, while Scherer made 14 digs and Shrunk 11 set assists.

“Onamia is a tough team. Always very competitive,” said Coach Telander. “It was unfortunate that we didn’t have our A game tonight. We have to have a quick turnaround and come ready to play. We need to finish the year strong heading into the post-season.”

The Rush City volleyball team is fourth in the Great River Conference and has a 7-4 conference and 11-10 overall record. The Tigers will begin Section 5A Championship play at the home of the high seed at a time to be determined Thursday, Oct. 25.

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