The Rush City volleyball team scored 20 of its 75 points — an incredible 27 percent — on service aces in its three-set victory over East Central Sept. 7.
“That’s probably the most aces I’ve ever seen in a match,” head coach Eric Telander said.
It hardly needs to be added that Rush City dominated the match — the set scores were 25-6, 25-17, 25-13.
Junior middle hitter Jamie Guptill accounted for half of the Tigers’ ace total with 10. The rest were scored senior setter Taylor Williams (four), junior right-side hitter Kaylyn Bowen (three), freshman outside hitter Ally Rood (two) and senior right-side hitter Abby Moe (one).
The Tigers and Eagles traded the first four points of the first set before Guptill began a dominating service run. From a 2-2 score, Guptill would not relinquish the serve until the Tigers had run to 15 points, five of which came via an ace.
“We’ve been working hard on spot serving, and we tested that a lot today,” Telander said. “They did a great job of going where I was asking them to go.”
Senior outside hitter Stephanie Braund also provided a five-point serving swing en route to the first set win.
The win in set two was harder to come by, with the Eagles holding leads at 5-3 and 8-4 before Bowen went on a serving run, including two aces, that pushed the Tigers into the lead. Bowen would provide one further ace in the set and Guptill would add two more to help the Tigers pull away.
Set three was never close; Williams drilled her four aces while opening the set on a seven-point run. The Tigers got to 20 points before the Eagles reached 10; a short Eagle run to 13 was made redundant by a four-point run by Guptill that finished with two final aces.
In addition to her 10 aces, Guptill also provided 10 kills and 11 digs, making one wonder about the potential application of the “triple-double” into volleyball terminology. Braund added four kills. Williams made 16 set assists. Bowen made two blocks while Rood, Guptill and junior middle hitter Shawna Mell were each credited with one.
“We want to be at our best in October,” Telander said. “Every day we want to be a couple of percentage points better.”
The Tigers (2-1) went to Hinckley-Finlayson Tuesday after press time. They will host Braham Thursday.