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College Volleyball: Raiders improve to 7-0 with win over Pioneers

THIEF RIVER FALLS—The Central Lakes College Raiders, led by Maggi Kellerman's 14 kills, moved their record to 7-0 with a four-game win over Northland in the Raiders Northern Division opener Wednesday, Sept. 5.

The Pioneers entered the game with a 1-0 division record and a 6-1 overall record.

The Raiders are unbeaten and ranked No. 2 in this week's NJCAA Division III, but their path to 7-0 has been a difficult one.

"We have won five matches by two points," said head coach Jane Peterson. "We are happy to win them, but hopefully we'll figure out a way to make it easier on ourselves. We're looking forward to a challenging weekend."

The Raiders won the first two games against the Pioneers, but lost the third 25-23. The fourth game went CLC's way by a score of 25-23.

Paige Wallevand tipped 18 set assists and Kylie Porter was right behind her with 16. On defense, Hailey Tihlarik scooped 25 digs.

The Raiders will now head to Rochester for a two-day invitational over the weekend.

Northland 25 25 23 25

Central Lakes 19 22 25 23

Raider statistics

Sydney Forbord 4 kills, 1 ace serve, 1 dig, 3 blocks

Shelby Berg 1 ace serve

Cassie Smieja 4 kills, 9 digs, 1 block

Hailey Tihlarik 1 ace serve, 25 digs

Maggi Fellerman 14 kills, 3 digs, 4 blocks

Kaitlyn Luksik 1 dig, 2 blocks

Kylie Porter 5 kills, 16 set assists, 13 digs, 2 blocks

Alie Johanneck 2 kills, 3 digs, 1 block

Paige Wallevand 8 kills, 18 set assists, 2 ace serves, 10 digs, 2 blocks

Sydney Berg 4 kills, 4 digs

Carlie Schroeder 1 kill, 1 set assist

Division: CLC 1-0. Overall: CLC 7-0. Next: Central Lakes at Rochester Yellowjacket Invitational Friday, Sept. 7: CLC vs. Madison College 3 p.m., CLC vs. Harper College 7 p.m.