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COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL: Knutson, Raiders sweep weekend series

Abbi Knutson

Abbi Knutson distributed the wealth and helped the Central Lakes College Raiders enjoy a successful Saturday during a triangular at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.

Knutson finished with 22 set assists, three digs, a block, two ace serves and four kills in the Raiders 3-0 sweep of Fond du Lac and added 42 set assists to go with eight digs, two blocks, four ace serves and one kill in the Raiders 3-1 victory over Anoka-Ramsey.

“Our offense was good, maybe because the opposing defenses we were facing weren’t,” said Raiders head coach Jane Peterson. “It’s good that we could put the ball away against these types of teams. But we did have a really good week.

“Our Wednesday win was big because we were tied with them at the time and then Friday’s win had everyone happy. It’s always nice to give a team their first loss.”

With Saturday’s two wins, the Raiders closed out the week 4-0, including a big win against North Division leading Itasca on Friday.

On Saturday, the Raiders posted 15 ace serves against Fond du Lac and Crysta Christensen finished with 11 digs and six kills.

CLC’s Melissa Widman tallied 12 kills, 19 digs and three blocks against A-R. Alanna Hansen added 11 kills and Haley Hornick added 16 digs.

“It’s easier to be balanced when the other team isn’t so good,” said Peterson. “You can focus on spreading it out and getting the ball to everyone. In both of those games on Saturday we weren’t necessarily challenged a whole lot. We still feel good about winning. It’s a step in the right direction, but we are not where we want to be or where we need to be yet.”

CLC team scores

def. Fond du Lac 25-8, 25-18, 15-16

def. Anoka-Ramsey 24-26, 25-21, 25-19, 25-17

Central Lakes statistics

Hayley Hornick 2 set assists, 24 digs, 3 ace serves

Jazmin Massie 7 kills, 1 dig, three blocks

Abbi Knutson 5 kills, 64 set assists, 6 ace serves, 11 digs, 2 blocks

Melissa Widman 17 kills, 2 ace serve, 30 digs, 3 blocks

Crysta Christensen 9 kills, 4 ace serves, 21 digs, 1 block

Carlie Sweet  13 kills, 3 ace serves, 6 digs, 5 blocks

Betsy Helmeke 2 ace serves

Emily Weber 3 kills, 2 digs

Kaylie Hanson 4 ace serve, 12 digs

Samantha Heagerty 2 kills

Alice Widmark 1 kill, 1 dig

Alanna Hansen 17 kills, 2 blocks

Division: CLC 5-2. Overall: CLC 10-8. Next: Central Lakes hosts Hibbing 5 p.m. and Minnesota-Morris junior varsity 8 p.m. Wednesday.