Rushford-Peterson volleyballers enjoy perfect week on the road

Trojan Kaleah Davis was an offensive star versus Chatfield where she served eight aces and was responsible for five kills. SUBMITTED PHOTO
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It’s never easy winning on the road, but the Trojans volleyball team pulled it off twice last week. Visits to Three Rivers Conference rival Chatfield (Sept. 4) and non- conference foe La Crescent (Sept. 6) produced a pair of confidence-instilling victories for the R-P girls.

R-P vs. Chatfield

The Trojans not only faced a tough Gophers squad,
but also visited a loud and raucous Gophers gym. But the R-P ballers were unfazed by the noise, winning the first game 25-21. Chatfield battled back to win the next game 18-25 and tie things up. The Trojans resumed control in Game Three, emerging with a 25-15 victory. But putting the Gophers away was anything but easy in the final game; Coach Nikki Schultz called the 27-25 R-P victory “a nail- biter! But really, really fun!

Kaleah Davis was one of
the offensive stars for R-P;
she served eight aces and was responsible for five kills. Jaelyn Connaughty also lit it up for the Trojans, with three ace serves and six kills. Lauren Lawston made life miserable for the Gophers with eight kills, while Kjersta Hinz added three kills and Megan Oian and Kaitlyn Bieberdorf
each had two. Setting up many of R-P’s points were Alyvia Eide and Lawston, who each had 18 passes on the night.

On defense, Eide had 17 digs and Lawston contributed 12, while Julissa Trejo added seven digs and Connaughty managed six. Hinz was R-P’s top net defender; she managed three blocks, while Con- naughty added a single.

R-P vs. La Crescent

If the Chatfield match tested
the Trojan’s endurance, the R-P visit to the La Crescent gym was
a chance for the Lady Trojans
to strut their stuff a bit. The first game was a tight battle, but R-P pulled out a 26-24 victory over the Lancers. After that it was all R-P; the Lady Trojans breezed through Game Two for a 25-10 win, and while the final score of the third game was 25-19, the outcome was never in doubt and coach Nikki Schultz substituted freely. “Our goal for the night was to have fun,” Schultz said. “We not only did that, all the girls got to play, so that was awesome.”

Eide was the service star
on the night; she blitzed the Lancers with five aces. Oian chipped in three aces and Da- vis added a pair. Bieberdorf, Kaylee Ruberg, Lakyn Ras- mussen, Lawston, and Peyton Hoiness each notched an ace. Oian was an offensive force, zipping the Lancers with eight kills. Lawston did her own damage with six kills, while 8th grader Ruberg added four and Bieberdorf and Davis each had a pair.

The Trojans defense relied on a balanced attack that produced point-saving digs for several R-P players. Eide lunged for six digs, while Trejo, Lawston, and Oian each had five. Ruberg and Rasmus- sen two digs each, and Hinz added a block to make life difficult for the Lancers.


R-P visited the Houston Hur- ricanes Monday Sept. 10, hosted PEM Tuesday Sept 11, and visited Lewiston-Altura Sept. 13. We’ll have recaps of that busy week in our next edition.