RC looks for upset over Aitkin
The Rush City volleyball team returned to the court for the first time in more than a week on Thursday, Sept. 26, to take down East Central in five sets on the road.
The Tigers fell in set one, 22-25, but fought back to scrape out a 25-23 victory in the second set to even the score. Rush City struggled in set three, losing 14-25, before coming back to win the next two sets for the match win, 25-17 and 15-12.
Head coach Eric Telander said he was proud of the way his girls pulled out the win.
“It’s tough with that many days off to come out and play at the same level as before, but they came around in the end and were ready to play,” Telander said.
The Tigers had statistic leaders across the board.
Leading in kills and digs for Rush City was sophomore outside hitter Summer Garr with 11 kills and 25 digs. Junior middle Kayla Nelson put away eight kills and four blocks, while fellow middle hitter and senior Alissa Mell recorded five kills and six blocks.
Sophomore Sydnie Sybrant recorded 17 set assists and added 16 digs and two aces, while senior Jessi Bottomley earned 17 digs and five kills. Sophomore libero Sammi Herberg added 21 digs.
As a team, Rush City served 94 percent with six aces.
Telander said he was a little nervous heading into the matchup since it was Rush City’s homecoming week.
“Every year I kind of dread this week with all of the distractions like coronation and dances, but that’s part of the high school experience and it’s fun for the kids,” Telander said. “They did a good job of stepping on the court and refocusing their attention on the game.”
Overall, the Tigers are 9-4, having won six of its last seven matches. The squad sits third of nine in the Great River Conference, with Braham and Aitkin in first and second, respectively.
Rush City played Pine City on Tuesday, Oct. 1 and next travel to Aitkin for a 7:30 p.m. match on Thursday, Oct. 3.
“On paper we’re winning the matches we’re supposed to win,” Telander said. “But I want an upset over Aitkin. We’re at that point in the season where we need a spark to push us through the next two weeks since we will be playing a lot of volleyball.”