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College volleyball: Warriors top Rochester for share of lead in MCAC South

Tribune photo by Rand Middleton After a rally, the Ridgewater Warriors react to a point in Game 1 on Saturday in Willmar. From left, Tegan VanMoer, Morgan Meyer (6), Jen Puncochar, Tiffani Karbo and Tracy Braaten.

WILLMAR — The Ridgewater volleyball team looked impressive, riddling a strong Rochester team 25-22, 25-23, 21-25, 25-15 on Saturday afternoon at Ridgewater.

The win tied a knot at the top of the MCAC South. Both Ridgewater and the Yellowjackets are 9-1.

“The match had a playoff-type feel to it,” commented coach Joe Sussenguth. “This is the kind of match experience we need and at the same time gain a win.”

The offense worked the edge with outside hitters Jen Puncochar delivering 19 kills and Tegan VanMoer 18.

“We leaned on our outsides for most of our scoring, but we were able to run a balanced offense and keep their defense off balance just enough to create some holes.”

The Jackets’ offense was more concentrated with jumping-jack Taylor Aakre supplying exactly half of the team’s 44 kills. The 5-foot-11 sophomore had only one error in 32 attacks for a .656 kill percentage.

Ridgewater has three division games left. Four teams advance to the Region 13 Tournament from the Southern Division.

Taylor Sharpe made 22 digs on defense and Tiffani Karbo had 41 set ups that went for points.

Ridgewater College 3,

Rochester CTC 1

Rochester            22  23  25  15

Ridgewater         25  25  21  25

(Key: good-attempts-aces)


Serving (aces): Morgan Meyer 5, Taylor Sharpe 1, Tiffani Karbo 2, Tegan VanMoer 2  … Set assists: Karbo 41 … Hitting: Jen Puncochar 36-37-19, Meyer 11-13-2, Karbo 12-13-2, Hailey Osland 14-17-3, VanMoer 29-32-18, Amy Bolin 10-12-1, Tracy Braaten 13-15-5 … Blocking (aces): Puncochar 2, Osland 1, VanMoer 1, Bolin 1, Braaten 1 … Digs (5 or more): Sharpe 22, Meyer 14, Karbo 10, VanMoer 21, Mikayla Jacobosn 6

Rochester CTC

Serving (aces): Lindsay Ayers 1, Chanda Riedemann 1, Haley Lenz 1 … Set assists: Ayers 32, Tailor Raymond 7 … Hitting (kills): Taylor Aakre 22, Riedemann 6, Jenica Gerber 5, Emily Kingland 3, Raymond 4 … Blocking (aces): Riedemann 2, Raymond 2 … Dig leaders: Ayers 17, Lenz 21

Rand Middleton
Tribune photographer/videographer. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime news/sports beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 
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