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Riverland swept on the road

Lady Devils lose three at Ridgewater

By Post-Bulletin staff

sports@postbulletin.com

WILLMAR — Riverland lost in three games to Ridgewater on Saturday in a Minnesota Community College Conference, South Division volleyball match.

In their first meeting of the season in Austin, the Riverland women took a game off the defending national champions from Ridgewater. That wasn’t the case in the rematch as the Lady Warriors of Ridgewater beat the Lady Devils of Riverland by scores of 30-23, 30-17, 30-20.

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"We had them down 5-3 in the first game and it was still tied at 9-9," Riverland coach Helen Jahr said. "Then, we made a couple of errors and they took the lead. You can’t play catch-up against a team like Ridgewater. In the second game we were not hitting as well, and they were blocking well on the other side. We had a couple of serve receive errors, and they took the game."

Statistics for Riverland included: Elissa Preuss 10 kills, 16 digs; Brooke Monson 7 kills, 3 blocks; Jackie Venero 5 kills, 2 blocks, 5 set assists; Tiffany Preuss 12 set assists; Marie Boe 2 service aces; Ashley Lau 2 aces; and Lindsey Semmann 2 blocks.

"We hung with them early in the third game until it was 10-10 and then, they slowly began to pull away," Jahr said. "They were national champs last year, and they’re a tough team. We’re still the only team in the conference to take them to four games in a match. We played hard, but they capitalized on our mistakes."

Riverland (8-10, 1-5 MCCC South) travels to Iowa tonight for a match against the Waldorf College junior varsity in Forest City.

Report compiled by Scott Kolb

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