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College Volleyball: Raiders move one step closer to division crown

A 27 game, 70 day, four state journey has put the Central Lakes College Raiders on the doorstep of a division title. They moved to within one game of a Northern Division championship with a three set sweep over Rainy River in the first of back-to...

Central Lakes College’s Journee Howard (10) and Jenny Skoog (9) go up for a block Friday against Rainy River Community College. (Kelly Humphrey, Brainerd Dispatch)
Central Lakes College’s Journee Howard (10) and Jenny Skoog (9) go up for a block Friday against Rainy River Community College. (Kelly Humphrey, Brainerd Dispatch)
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A 27 game, 70 day, four state journey has put the Central Lakes College Raiders on the doorstep of a division title.

They moved to within one game of a Northern Division championship with a three set sweep over Rainy River in the first of back-to-back games to finish the regular season at the CLC Campus Friday.

Ashton Kapphahn collected 13 kills and Sam Schlangen tallied 23 set assist to pace CLC to wins of 25-15, 25-17 and 25-1. The Raiders move their division record to 10-1 and overall record to 17-9.

CLC picked up 10 blocks, led by Kapphahn's four. Schlangen scooped out 10 digs and was followed by Cassie Shaver and Ashley Abear with eight each.

The Raiders will host Hibbing Saturday with a win bringing them a division championship and an automatic berth as the host of the Region 13B Championship next weekend.

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After Friday's game, Rainy River traveled to Thief River Falls to play Northland on Saturday. A Northland win and a CLC loss Saturday and those teams would meet for a playoff game to determine the division.

The Raiders used skills they worked on during the week of practice individually. The preparation brought positive results in Friday's game.

"Tonight we did some things that we have practiced," said Raiders head coach Jane Peterson. "Each person has been trying to get a little better at just one thing these last two weeks.

"A lot of people did that tonight. Ashley is serving tougher. Ashton's block was in the right place more often. Kelly (Pearson) had some shots where we have been working on varying her shots a little bit. Alex (Lucken) went in and played great. She doesn't get very many chances and she is trying not to make the big mistake and she accomplished that. A lot of players did what they set out to do and that is success."

With the win, the Raiders stayed perfect on their home floor. CLC's home record is 5-0 with 26 total games played this season.

"We have played well at home," said Peterson. "We haven't had that many opportunities, but we have consistently played well at home. We have also played with the right attitude and the right kind of positive energy for the end of the season. We were willing to go play the tough teams and lose and understand how that can benefit us."

Last weekend the Raiders played in their third tournament of the season at Rock Valley, Illinois where they split four games.

"I definitely think the tournaments were a benefit for us," said Pearson. "Playing in the tough games we are going to see tough teams in the regions and at the nationals. So playing those tougher teams are preparing us for those close games and to overcome them.

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"The last two years have been quite an experience for me. Jane is a really good coach and I am so happy that I came here as she has taught me a lot."

Peterson believes that her team is in a good place for this final run.

"There have been a lot of times this year when I haven't been confident in the team and I have told them that," she said. "But I feel, right now, we are as tough as we have ever been."

Rainy River 15 17 11

Central Lakes 25 25 25

Central Lakes statistics

Alyssa Hamilton 1 kill, 2 ace serves, 4 digs

Kelly Pearson 8 kills, 2 ace serves, 4 digs, 1 block

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Ashley Abear 1 ace serve, 8 digs

Sam Schlangen 9 kills, 23 set assists, 10 digs

Ashton Kapphahn 13 kills, 20 set assists, 1 ace serve, 6 digs, 4 blocks

Shelby Uphoff 4 kills, 1 dig, 3 blocks

Alex Lucken 3 digs,

Jenny Skoog 5 kills, 4 digs

Journee Howard 2 kills, 2 blocks

Ellen Stromgren 3 kills

Cassie Shaver 8 digs

Division: CLC 10-1. Overall: CLC 17-9. Next: Central Lakes hosts Hibbing Noon Saturday.

Related Topics: COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL
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