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College Volleyball: Rochester edges Warriors for right to host Region 13A tourney

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College Volleyball: Rochester edges Warriors for right to host Region 13A tourney
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

COON RAPIDS — After five intense games Saturday, Rochester had just two more points to show than Ridgewater College — the deciding margin in the fifth-game 15-13 tiebreaker.

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The 3-2 win sends the NJCAA Region 13A Tournament to Rochester this weekend.

After four games each team had scored exactly 100 points.

“Both teams had superior effort, performed at a high level and executed their game plans very well,” said Ridgewater coach Joe Sussenguth. “We gained valuable experience moving into the tournament. The only thing we lost is the opportunity to play at home.”

Sussenguth expects to play Fergus Falls at 8 p.m. Friday on the Rochester campus while the Yellowjackets play St. Cloud Technical College at 6 p.m. in the opening round of the region tourney.

Rochester and the Willmar college each finished the MCAC Southern Division with 13-1 records forcing the tiebreaker on the Anoka-Ramsey campus.

Ridgewater kill leaders Saturday were Tegan Van Moer (19), Jen Puncochar (10), Morgan Meyer (10), Tracy Braaten (8). The offense was almost error-free set up by the passing of setter Tiffani Karbo (46 assists).

Taylor Sharpe supplied a team-high 20 digs for Ridgewater.

Rochester 3, Ridgewater 2

Ridgewater (18-9)            23 25 25 21 13

Rochester (24-5)              25 23 21 25 15

(Key: good-attempts-aces)

Ridgewater

Serving (aces): Tiffani Karbo 2, Tegan Van Moer 2 … Set assists: Karbo 46 … Hitting: Jen Puncochar 36-38-10, Morgan Meyer 24-25-10, Karbo 15-16-3, Hailey Osland 17-18-5, Van Moer 47-48-19, Tracy Braaten 35-36-8 … Blocking (aces): Karbo 1, Osland 1, Braaten 2 … Digs (5 or more): Puncochar 17, Taylor Sharpe 20, Meyer 12, Karbo 5, Van Moer 15

Rochester

Serving (aces): Taylor Aakre 1, Natalie Reinardy 1, Jenca Gerber 1, Tailor Raymond 2 … Set assists: Lindsay Ayers 52 … Hitting (kills): Aakre 13, Chanda Riedemann 16, Gerber 7, Emily Kingland 12, Raymond 8 … Blocking (aces): Aakre 3, Ayers 3 … Digs: Ayers 21, Gerber 18, Reinardy 12, Haley Lenz 24

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