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College volleyball: Riverland dumps Ridgewater, 3-0

Blue Devils beat the visiting Warriors 25-15, 25-23, 25-21.

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AUSTIN — The Ridgewater Warriors dropped their eighth consecutive match this season, suffering a sweep against the Riverland Blue Devils on Saturday.

The Blue Devils of Austin won their three sets 25-15, 25-23 and 25-21.

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Ridgewater improves its pre-Thanksgiving record to 3-1 with a victory over Concordia on Thursday night in Willmar.

“The girls have been working hard off the court to become connected and carry that connection onto the court,” Warriors head coach Amanda Bohlsen said. “We are starting to see that hard work play out and today’s game was one step in that direction.”

Ridgewater right-side hitters Harley Kunstleben and Gabby Randt both tallied 11 kills.

Kunstleben, the sophomore captain from Paynesville, added a team-high 21 digs. Randt, a freshman from MACCRAY, recorded 15 digs and one ace block.

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Another Ridgewater captain reached over double-digits in digs. Sophomore libero Tayler Schmidt, also from Paynesville, had 18.

“Although the scores didn’t fall in our favor we ended the game unified as one team,” Bohlsen said. “ We look forward to bringing that family mentality to the second half of our season.”

The Warriors return to action against St. Cloud Technical and Community College at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Ridgewater.

Riverland 3, Ridgewater 0

Ridgewater (2-12)     15   23   21
Riverland                  25   25   25

Ridgewater
Serving (aces): Morgan Hoffmann 1 … Set assists: Yansi Flores 28, Olivia Naatjes 2, Tayler Schmidt 1  … Hitting (kills): Harley Kunstleben 11, Gabby Randt 11, Julia Schweiss 5, Flores 3, Hoffmann 2, Elizabeth Koenen 2, Adelia Pierson 2, Macy Schenk 1, Schmidt 1, Naatjes 1 … Blocking (aces): Randt 1, Schweiss 1, Hoffmann 1, Flores 1 … Digs (5 or more): Kunstleben 21, Schmidt 18, Randt 15, Pierson 9, Koenen 6, Flores 6, Cailin Yoose 5

Riverland
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Michael Lyne joined the West Central Tribune as a sports reporter in June 2022, following his graduation from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where he graduated with a bachelors degree in journalism and a minor degree in Spanish studies.

You may reach Michael at mlyne@wctrib.com, or by calling (320) 214-4345.
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