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Volleyball Team Rebounds

By Staff | Sep 25, 2015

Shea Heidlebaugh looks for divine intervention during warm-ups to a assure a win against TGU. With her steady play, she helped deliver that win.

The Rugby High School Volleyball team needed a win after a 3-0 loss (25-14, 25-16, 25-20) to Rolette-Wolford last week.

And the Panthers delivered on that win, defeating Towner-Granville-Upham 25-18, 25-18 and 25-14 in three sets (3-0).

“We started our offense off a little different this game against TGU, and it seemed to help us out in ways we were needing a boost,” RHS Volleyball Coach Jessica Fritz said.

For Rugby, freshman Maria Blessum led in kills with 9, and seniors Shea Heidlebaugh and Lauren Kraft led in assists (Heidlebaugh 17) and aces (Kraft 3).

Angie Anderson led in kills (10), digs (17) and blocks (3) for TGU, and also contributed an ace. Pru Bray led in assists (8), and Maddie Bollinger led in aces (2).

The Rolette-Wolford game was a different story. Kraft led in blocks (1), Heidlebaugh led in assists (16) and Blessum led in kills (7) for Rugby. However Lexy Wittmayer led the game in kills (12), blocks (5) and digs (9). Madison Marchus led in assists with 20, and Hannah Walsh led in aces with 6.

“We had some break down time with our girls last week and just went through some mental aspects of volleyball and that seems to have helped us out,” Fritz said. “One thing many people don’t understand about Volleyball is how much of a mental game it is too! With a younger group of girls on the court that is something we really focus on a lot in our practice. They may have great court skills, but the mental toughness is where young teams tend to struggle.”

The varsity team played Thursday in Sawyer. The teams will then have meets in Drake (Tuesday, Sept. 29, 5 p.m.), Westhope (Thursday, Oct. 1, 5 p.m.), at home against Velva (Oct. 6) and Bottineau (Oct. 8), a tournament at home on Oct. 10, and will face Harvey-Wells County (Oct. 13), Surrey (Oct. 20) and Glenburn (Oct. 27) before Districts on their home turf (Oct. 29, 30 and Nov. 2).

“We need to be playing at a highly competitive level to get those points to put us in a good seed for the district tournament,” Fritz said.

– Tribune Staff Report

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