R-P volleyball grabs a pair of wins

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The Lady Trojans bagged another road win at Houston last week, then enjoyed a solid victory over PEM in their first home game of the season. After besting the Bulldogs, it was back on the bus for a matchup against a tough Lewiston-Altura squad.

R-P vs. Houston

Though they emerged with a victory, R-P was clearly missing standout outside hitter Kaleah Davis, who missed the match due to illness, when they faced Houston. “We just weren’t playing our best, and Houston was scrappy,” said coach Nikki Schultz. “We did fight hard and come back from a 10-point deficit to win the third game and get the win.” R-P won the first game 25-19, dropped the second 22-25, edged the Hurricanes 25-23 in the third, and sealed the victory with a 25-21 win in the final.

Offensively, Jaelyn Connaughty sliced the Hurricanes with nine service aces and nine kills. Kaitlyn Bieberdorf added eight kills, Lauren Lawston slammed home seven, and Kjersta Hinz notched six kills on the night. Senior libero Alyvia Eide set up many of those scores with her efficient passing; she had 18 on the night. Eide was her usual force on defense, claiming 25 digs. Lawston tallied 15 digs, Peyton Hoiness added 11, and Connaughty pitched in with 10. Hinz was her l dominant self at the net, blocking three Houston shots on the evening.

R-P vs. PEM

The Lady Trojans looked right at home when they hosted the Bulldogs Sept. 11. R-P jumped out to an early lead in the first set and never looked back, as they claimed a 25-16 victory with aggressive offense and solid defense. The home team carried that momentum right into the second game, putting the Bulldogs away in a relatively easy 25-12 win. Coach Nikki Schultz began subbing freely in the third game, and PEM took advantage of the hitch in rhythm to jump to a lead; though R-P battled hard the Bulldogs managed a 19-25 victory. The final game featured the Lady Trojans starters again, who put PEM away quickly with a 25-15 deal-sealer.

Lauren Lawston was R-P’s service, star on the night, carving up the Bulldogs with six aces. Hoiness chipped in three aces, and Eide, Connaughty, and Kaylee Ruberg each added a pair. After missing the Houston game, outside hitter Kaleah Davis came storming back to torch PEM with five kills. Ruberg matched that effort with five of her own, and Hinz and Lawston each had four kills. Megan Oian notched three kills and Connaughty contributed two. Defensively, Hinz stymied the PEM hitters with four blocks at the net, and Lawston, Ruberg, and Alora Wilkemeyer each had one block. R-P’s defensive effort was balanced among several starters; Eide, Lawston, and Hoiness were all credited with six digs. Connaughty and Oian racked up five digs apiece, and Wilkemeyer, Bieberdorf, Davis, and Lakyn Rasmussen all tallied a pair of digs.

R-P vs. Lewiston-Altura

After a couple of satisfying victories, R-P visited the Lewiston gym, where they knew they’d face a tough conference foe in Cardinal red. Playing to a packed crowd, the Lady Trojans couldn’t find the same rhythm they’d enjoyed earlier in the week. R-P dropped all three matches, 25-12, 25-18, and 25-10.

Those lower point totals were reflected in R-P’s offensive stats for the night. None of the Lady Trojans could manage more than a single service ace; Connaughty, Ruberg, and Oian each had one. Kills were also hard to come by; Connaughty led with four, Hinz had three, and Davis and Ruberg each added a single. On defense Hinz was the only player to block a Cardinal shot, and she recorded two. The potent L-A offense  kept the Lady Trojans busy; Eide had 19 digs, Lawston scrambled for 14, Oian had seven, Bieberdorf recorded three, and Davis and Ruberg each had two.


The Lady Trojans had a tournament in Wabasha Sept. 15, then hosted Cotter Sept. 18. They’ll have an away game at Lanesboro Sept. 20. Look for results of those matches in next week’s edition.