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College volleyball: Warriors top M State in 4

Tribune photo by Tom Larson Ridgewater hitter Hailey Osland (8) and Minnesota State-Fergus Falls’ Reva Renollet battle for the ball during Game 1 of a MCAC match on Wednesday at the Ridgewater gym. Looking on are Ridgewater’s Tiffani Karbo and Fergus Falls’ Gretchen Freed (2).

WILLMAR — The Ridgewater volleyball team is keeping pace in the MCAC Southern Division race, downing Minnesota State-Fergus Falls in four game on Wednesday at the Ridgewater gym.

The Warriors won 25-20, 25-21, 18-25 and 25-14.

Ridgewater improved 12-5 overall and 8-1 in the MCAC Southern Division and 12-5 overall. The Warriors entered the Fergus Falls match a game back of Rochester.

“This was a must-win for us in the division to keep pace with Rochester,” Ridgewater head coach Joe Sussenguth said. “I was concerned how we would bounce back after a bad loss at NDSCS last Friday.”

Fergus Falls dropped to 4-4 in the division and 12-11 overall.

Ridgewater’s Tegan VanMoer was a terror at the net, racking up 23 kills and just six hitting errors in 45 attempts for a .379 hitting percentage.

Hailey Osland had 8 kills and an ace block, Jen Puncochar had 7 and a block and Tracy Braaten put away 6 shots and blocked 2 shots.

Setter Tiffani Karbo set up 51 winners and had 8 digs. Taylor Sharpe served two of Ridgewater’s three aces and she led the team with 16 digs.

Despite the victory, Sussenguth said this year’s team is still searching for its identity.

“We still haven’t defined who we are as a team but in stretches we play at a very high level,” Sussenguth said. “Consistency is something that all teams strive for and we’ll continue to put in the work to do that.”

The Warriors return to the court to play Western Wisconsin at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Ridgewater.

Ridgewater 3, MS-Fergus Falls 1

Fergus Falls (4-4 12-11)  20 21 25 14

Ridgewater (8-1 12-5)      25 25 18 25

(Key: good-attempts-aces)

Fergus Falls

Serving: Reva Renollet 1 ace  … Set assists: Renollet 30 … Hitting: Cheyanne O’Neal 33-38-13, Theresa Moenkedick 32-36-12 kills … Blocking (aces): Donna Ripplinger 2, Moenkedick 1, O’Neal 1 … Digs: Gretchen Freed 15, Moenkedick 14


Serving: Taylor Sharpe 2 aces, Morgan Meyer 1 … Set assists: Tiffani Karbo 51 … Hitting: Jen Puncochar 24-28-7, Sharpe 1-2-1, Meyer 6-6-2, Karbo 17-18-5, Hailey Osland 22-25-8, Tegan VanMoer 39-45-23, Amy Bolin 13-15-5, Tracy Braaten 18-18-6 … Blocking (aces): Puncochar 1, Osland 2, Braaten 2 … Digs (5 or more): Puncochar 5, Sharpe 16, Meyer 7, Karbo 8