RCTC falls to Riverland in tourney

ANOKA, Minn. -- Rochester Community and Technical College placed second in the five-team Anoka-Ramsey Invitational volleyball tournament Saturday.

RCTC was 2-2 in the event, beating the host team 30-14, 30-15 and Bethel 22-30, 30-20, 15-9, and losing to Marshalltown (Iowa) 20-22, 30-21, 15-11 and champion Riverland 30-20, 21-30, 15-7.

"It was a very long day for us as we started playing at about 10:15 and basically played straight though until about 4 p.m. with only one break about 15 minutes long," said RCTC coach Jean Musgjerd.

"In our last two matches against Marshalltown and Riverland, we were just making mistakes on simple plays. We flat out were exhausted. Riverland was very hot during the last match. They were a total different team than they were the night before (when RCTC beat Riverland in four games). Nothing was going our way, and they couldn't do anything wrong.

"But overall we felt good with the day. We are playing defense much better. We still have some work to do in serve reception area and our attack plays, but we are developing nicely. This team is only going to grow strong in the weeks to come."


Ann Tebbe had 22 kills, Lauran Weness 16, Molly Heydmann 15 and Melanie Bartsch 14. Katie Johansen had 59 set assists.

Bartsch led with 50 digs. Tebbe and Weness had eight service aces each.

The Yellowjackets are off until a Saturday tournament in Grand Rapids.

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