The assist goes to the Central Lakes College Raiders football team.
Not that the Raiders volleyball team needed any help to score a 3-0 North Division victory over the Rainy River Voyageurs Friday, Oct. 15, but a word of advice before the game may have led to the quick finish.
The Raiders won their third straight with scores of 25-11, 25-7, 25-11.
“We had some football guys tell us about the book they read and one of the things in that book was not to be outcome-focused, be process-focused,” Raiders head coach Jane Peterson said. “Most people could have guessed what the outcome of the game was going to be. That’s nothing to brag about, but we’re trying to be a good team and have joy when we play and we’re trying to do little things right and encourage each other and lift each other up. We’re trying to be aggressive all the time and we’re trying to play better defense. Those are the things we’re trying to do and there are things to practice.”
The Raiders sprinted out to a 13-4 lead in the opening set. Jaime Johnson knocked down a kill and then produced back-to-back ace serves followed by a Haley Schleper kill to build a 6-2 lead. Gabbie Enneking added two ace serves and Megan Rinicker smoked a kill to the back corner for the early advantage.
Two Rinicker kills were sandwiched between a Tori Plemel kill as the Raiders built a 19-7 lead. Jaycey Rydberg collected a kill followed by a Schleper kill and a Voyager error to end the first set 25-11.
“It’s really fun to run this offense,” freshman setter Grace Peabody said. “We have strong hitters in all positions. No matter what the pass is, I’m confident I can get the ball to a place where we can still score off of it.”
Enneking served 10 straight times in the second set to help CLC build a 15-4 lead before she was over. Not only was she consistent, but efficient as she landed two ace serves and finished with seven for the day. A Plemel kill handed Enneking the serving duties. Schleper recorded three kills during the 10-point run.
After a service error and a Rinicker kill, it was Schleper’s turn to serve and she rattled off seven straight with Rinicker and Plemel pounding down points. After both teams traded unforced errors, a Raider block ended Set Two 25-7.
Schleper led the Raiders with 12 kills on 75% hitting. Plemel finished with nine kills and Rinicker and Johnson both finished with eight kills. CLC finished with a..405 hitting percentage. Peabody recorded 28 set assists.
“It’s easier to be aggressive and confident when you’re not giving up points and that’s why our serving was really good,” Peterson said. “They didn’t look good, but we were actually serving really good. We had a little more pace than usual. We weren’t hesitant, not trying to be careful. We had that attitude of being willing to go for it and the results were there.”
The third frame was much of the same as Schleper registered four early kills around three Plemel kills and a Johnson ace serve for a 12-4 advantage. Schleper added an ace serve and Rinicker a block followed by an Enneking tip had the Raiders leading 16-7.
Rinicker then went on a serving run with eight straight filled with Johnson kills and a Brooke Watland tip to make it 24-9. Kaitlyn Hines then punctuated the match with her kill.
"It’s really fun to run this offense."
— freshman setter Grace Peabody
“The process is to try to get better every day,” Peterson said. “We have one good challenge coming up. Fergus Falls has been playing really well and beating people so next Wednesday we’re looking forward to that. We’re trying to be prepared for the future. We just want to be at our best.
“There are things that we’re working on like having a better, more consistent closed block, being in a better defensive place and having a better defensive attitude. That’s something we can get better at. Our offense is very good. We have lots of kills. We have lots of hitters and we can get it up to them in a variety of different places, but we need to get better at defense.”
The Raiders improved to 10-0 in the North Division and already secured home-court advantage for the Region 13B tournament Oct. 29-30.
CLC is not ranked in the NJCAA Division III polls, but is getting votes. St. Cloud Technical (13-3) is ranked 10th, while Rochester (15-6) is No. 4 in Division III rankings.
“Some of our goals that we set were to just play as a team,” Peabody said. “It’s a ‘we before me’ situation. You have to play for each other and realize that you can’t get a kill without a set. You can’t get a set without the pass. You have to work together and we have really been doing that lately.
“We’re learning a lot of little stuff in practices like defensive mindset and picking up tips and balls and stuff. We’re just working on the little things to help better us for the future.”
Rainy River 11 7 11
Central Lakes 25 25 25
Haley Schleper 3 ace serves, 4 digs, 12 kills
Gabbie Enneking 7 ace serves, 6 digs
Sarah Bennett 12 digs, 3 set assists
Grace Peabody 1 ace serve, 7 digs, 2 blocks, 1 kills, 28 set assists
Megan Rinicker 3 digs, 2 blocks, 8 kills
Tori Plemel 1 dig, 9 kills
Jacey Rydberg 1 dig, 1 block, 2 kills, 6 set assists
Jaime Johnson 4 ace serves,1 dig, 3 blocks, 8 kills, 1 set assist
Kaitlyn Hines 2 kills
Brooke Watland 1 kill
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Raiders 3, Rainy River 0
Key: 15 ace serves helped lead the Raiders to the sweep
Division: CLC 10-0,RR 2-9
Overall: CLC 17-9, RR 4-13
Next: Central Lakes hosts Minnesota State Community and Technical College (Fergus Falls) 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20.