R-P volleyball season ends in Spring Grove

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The Lady Trojans were flying high after a first-round, sub-section victory over Schaeffer Acadamy, but ran into some stiffer competition when they faced the Spring Grove Lions in Round Two on Thursday Oct. 28. Though R-P came out strong with a victory in the first match, Spring Grove rallied in the aftermath. “We had a ton of fun in our first game and played very well,” said R-P coach Nikki Schultz. “After that we just had too many errors. Still, the girls played the best I’ve seen them play and fought hard. The third game we were down by 10 points and came back to tie it.”

R-P rocked the Lions right out of the gate, winning the first match 25-21. Spring Grove responded with a pair of relatively easy victories, taking games two and three by scores of 16-25 and 15-25. The Lady Trojans weren’t lying down for the Lions, however, fighting hard to tie the game late before falling 19-25.

Offensive highlights

The Lions had little trouble with R-P servers on the night; standout 8th grader Kaylee Ruberg recorded the only ace of the night. The Lady Trojans were much better at the net however, and used a balanced attack to score against Spring Grove. Senior Kaleah Davis led R-P with six kills against the Lions, and Kaitlyn Bieberdorf and Lauren Lawston each had five kills. Jaelyn Connaughty and Kjersta Hinz recorded four kills apiece, while Ruberg had three and Megan Oian notched a single kill. Team assist leader Alyvia Eide added to her total with 10 passes, Lawston set her teammates up with eight, and Julissa Trejo and Ruberg were each credited with three passes.

Defensive stars

Davis led R-P defenders by stopping Lions hitters with four blocks. Bieberdorf was credited with three blocks, and Hinz had two. Eide continued to lead in defensive digs, recording 18 on the night. Lawston wasn’t far behind with 14 digs, and Hoiness and Connaughty each managed seven. Trejo and Ruberg were credited with four digs each, Bieberdorf and Hinz added two apiece, and Davis had a single dig.

Season summary

Despite their sub-section tourney exit the Lady Trojans posted a winning season, recording 15 wins and 12 losses on the year. R-P was 6-5 in conference play, finishing 7th in the 12-school Three Rivers Conference. 

This year’s roster was a senior-heavy lineup, and Schultz has watched her starters develop for several years and had nothing but praise for her charges. “Overall the season was great and I had so much fun coaching them throughout the season,” Schultz said. “I will definitely miss this group.”