Ridgewater wraps up perfect loop season
WILLMAR -- The Ridgewater Lady Warriors wrapped up the MCAC Southern Division volleyball season on Wednesday with a perfect 12-0 record, sweeping Minnesota West 25-13, 25-12, 25-19.
The Lady Warriors used all 14 players on the team, including the eight sophomores playing their final regular-season match at home. Ridgewater will return to its home court when it hosts the Region 13 tournament on Oct. 29-30.
"We tried to get the sophomores a big chunk of playing time," said Ridgewater coach Joe Sussenguth. "We didn't seem to be able to get any rhythm going tonight. Minnesota West has a couple of imposing blockers that we didn't adjust to."
Macy McKay and Hannah Smith had six kills each for the Lady Warriors, while Emily Roelike added five kills and nine digs. Brianna Jacobson had three kills and three blocks. Aimee Johnson chipped in with four ace serves and nine digs and Molly Hurrle had 14 assists.
Still, the NJCAA Division III No. 1-rated Lady Warriors improved to 25-1 this season. They will compete in the two-day Wisconsin Dells Invitational on Friday and Saturday. They will play three Division II teams that are rated in the top 15.
"It will be nice just to get away for a few days and to play against some really good competition," Sussenguth said. "It's always good to play some tough teams before playoffs."
Ridgewater 3, Minnesota West 0
Minnesota West 13 12 19
Ridgewater (12-0, 25-1) 25 25 25
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Serving: Chelsey Gniffke 4-4-1, Macy McKay 4-4-0, Abby Halter 4-6-0, Aimee Johnson 16-18-4, Molly Hurrle 8-9-0, Emily Roelike 2-2-0, Cassie Edwards 4-4-1, Brandi Bodin 6-7-2, Karli Wendlandt 2-2-0, Hannah Smith 4-4-0, Brianna Jacobson 5-5-3 ... Setting (assists): Hurrle 14, Gniffke 5, Edwards 3 ... Hitting: McKay 14-15-6, Halter 4-5-1, Johnson 2-2-0, Roelike 21-26-5, Smith 14-16-6, Brittany VanDrehle 2-2-0, Miranda Kostboth 2-2-1, Maggie Zirk 14-15-3, Brianna Jacobson 11-12-3 ... Blocking (total): Jacobson 3, McKay 1, Halter 1, Hurrle 1, VanDrehle 1, Zirk 1 ... Digs: Gniffke 4, McKay 4, Halter 3, Johnson 9, Hurrle 2, Roelike 9, Edwards 1, Bodin 5, Smith 4