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Volleyball Team Continues Their Winning Ways

By Staff | Oct 2, 2015

JT Pelt/PCT Maria Blessum with one of her team leading kills.

It all started Thursday when Coach Jessica Fritz, with a maternal hand, coached with care and encouragement the girl’s volleyball team to victory over Sawyer. With key senior leadership coming from Shea Heidlebaugh, Lauren Kraft and Ashley Schmaltz, and the killing ability of freshman Maria Blessum, the team rose to the occasion on a hot muggy night in Sawyer and won the hard fought series, 3-1. Rugby won the first game 25-11, lost the second 25-27 in a hard-fought nail-biter, stormed back to take the third set 25-15, and then hung on 25-23 to win the fourth and final game to win the series.

Rugby had steady serving all night from its players with Schmaltz leading the way with five aces, followed by Jacque Blessum who had four; Lauren Kraft and Shea Heidlebaugh each had two aces, with Maria Blessum contributing an ace.

The high jumpers for the evening were Maria Blessum who had a game high 11 kills, Sara Stier who had 10 kills; Kraft and Schmaltz contributed six kills apiece, with Jacque Blessum chalking up three kills.

On the defensive side Heidlebaugh led the team with 13 digs, Kraft had a healthy 12 digs, Sara Stier and Maria Blessum added 10 digs each; Jacque Blessum posted seven digs. Schmaltz with her steady play had six digs, and Madison Uhlenkamp, Alissa Volk and Anni Stier all contributed one dig apiece. Schmaltz also had three blocks to go with Sara Stier’s two blocks. The victory kept Rugby undefeated in regional play.

On Monday night the Panthers played DrakeAnamoose and won a hard fought match in straight sets 25-23, 25-10, and in a thriller 2624 to take the match! Rugby, through its steady play by its seniors and with contributions from its younger players, it seems has found their stride as they inch closer to districts at the end of this month. Sara Stier and Jacque Blessum led all servers with two aces each. Uhlenkamp, Schmaltz, Anni Stier and Heidlebaugh also contributed with an ace apiece.

Continuing her mastery at the net, Maria Blessum registered seven kills with a slew of Panthers contributing 2-kills, they were: Kraft, Sara Stier, Uhlenkamp, Schmaltz, and Karsyn Hager.

Heidlebaugh made a lot of those kills possible with 13 assists. Abby Volk did her part with two assists, and the Blessum girls, Maria and Jacque, each contributed an assist apiece.

On the defensive side of the game Maria Blessum led all players with nine digs, Kraft, Jacque Blessum and Sara Stier stooped for six digs each. Schmaltz helped the cause with five digs; Uhlenkamp, had three digs; and Alissa Volk and Heidlebaugh had a dig apiece.

To conclude the defensive stats Sara Stier had four blocks, Heidlebaugh added two blocks and Maria Blessum added a block in a very-well-played series against DrakeAnamoose.

The Volleyball team will be at home on Tuesday against Velva with a game time at 7 p.m.

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