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Raider Volleyball team stumbles; has game cancelled


September 24, 2020

Ela Jorgensen does lots of ball handling for the Lady Raiders. Here she receives a serve in the triangular held in Nelson. Watching behind her is Aleah Heikkinen.

Many folks had a feeling . . . that the COVID would impact the 2020 season somehow.

Well it did last week with the folks in Shelton having concerns for health issues. They postponed their game with the Lady Raiders last Thursday evening. The hope is to re-schedule the game, but open dates have to be found.

The Tuesday night games were in Nelson as Harvard and Kenesaw came to visit in a triangular setting with the Raiders. It was an interesting night for L-N as the two class D-1 schools defeated L-N, but the games were contested all the way and with a little bit of luck the Raiders could have won both. Both of the Raider's games went all three sets and the Kenesaw-Harvard game went two sets with Kenesaw winning.

L-N vs. HARVARD: 25-15, 20-25, 19-25: An interesting game to watch. The first set was tied seven times, the last time at 12-12 when Aleah Heikkinen came to the service line. While there, the team put together a 13-0 scoring run. The run included three ace serves, kills by Emily Miller and Tori Miller and several hitting errors by Harvard. Near the beginning of this scoring run a long volley took place in which Emily M. got off two consecutive hits that sure looked like they should have been kills, but Harvard was able to dig them out only to see Emily end the volley with an ace block.

The second set had the score tied eight times and it ended with the four final points being decided only after volleys of interest. However, the Raiders were plagued with hitting errors at the time and gave up the set.

L-N led early in the final set but Harvard tied the score at 8-8 and pulled ahead. Emma Epley pounded down a couple of her game high nine kills for the game, but Harvard was able to respond well, winning the game.

Kills and Aces: Aleah Heikkinen 6, 3; Emma Epley 9, 0; Elsa Jorgensen 0-0; Katelyn Mazour 1, 0; Emily Troudt 0, 0; Avery Mazour 1,0; Tori Miller 3, 0; Emily Miller 6, 3; MacKenzie Ostdiek 1-0.

Ball Handling: Katelyn Mazour 52 of 53 with 15 assists; Emma Epley 26 of 25 with nine assists.

Serve Receptions: Emily Miller 16 of 17; Elsa Jorgensen 14 of 15; Aleah Heikkinen 8 of 9 and Emma Epley 7 of 8.

Blocking: (Solo Assists) Elsa 1-1; Avery 0-1, Emily M. 1-0.

L-N vs. KENESAW: 14-25, 25-23, 12-25: Kenesaw brought along a strong "hitting" attack for their game with L-N, recording 31 kills for the night along with 10 ace serves. The Raiders could not return the favor for the game recording only 11 kills and one ace serve.

Kills, Ace, Digs: Aleah Heikkinen 0, 0, 6; Emma Epley 4, 0, 12; Elsa Jorgensen 1, 0, 9; Katelyn Mazour 1, 0, 4; Emily Troudt 0, 0, 2; Avery Mazour 0, 0, 3; Tori Miller 2, 0, 1; Emily Miller 3, 1, 4.

Ball Handling: Katelyn 47 of 48 with 6 Assists; Emma 23 of 25 with 2 Assists.

Serve Reception: Emily M. 17 of 19, Emma 15 of 16; Elsa 14 of 15; Aleah 7 of 8.

L-N vs. HUMPHREY/LINDSAY HOLY FAMILY: 25-23, 17-25, 22-25.

We could not report on this game last week as the statistics were not received before the deadline. Stats for the game are as follows:

Kills, Aces, Digs: Aleah Heikkinen 2, 0, 6; Emma Epley 8, 0, 5; Elsa Jorgensen 0, 0, 20; Katelyn Mazour 3, 0, 8; Emily Troudt 0, 1, 2; Avery Mazour 2, 0, 0; Tori Miller 2, 0, 0; Emily Miller 6, 0, 16.

Ball Handling: 51 of 51 with 13 assists; Emma Epley 37 of 37 with 8 assists.

Serve Receptions: Elsa Jorgensen 25 of 26; Aleah Heikkinen 17 of 20; Emily Miller 11 of 11.

Blocking (Solo, Assists) Aleah 1, 2; Emma 1, 0; Katelyn 0, 3; Emily M. 2-4; Avery 0-2, Tori 0-1.

This week, the girls travel to Hebron for a triangular on Tuesday. On Thursday the girls play Silver Lake for the second time this season.


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