The Thief River Falls Prowlers used solid net play and some pretty good serving on their way to a 3-0 (25-14, 25-10, 25-10) over the Crookston Pirate Volleyball team in a match played at the Thief River Falls High School gymnasium.
The teams struggled out of the gates and were tied at 2-2 with all four points coming on the other team’s errors. Thief River Falls went on a run to open up a 6-3 lead including three points off of Crookston passing and hitting errors. With Thief River Falls leading 12-7 they started to heat up with a kill and a block from Madison Kisch, which was followed by two kills from Carley Johnson for a 16-7 lead. The Prowlers cruised the rest of the way for a 25-14 victory to take a 1-0 lead. “Our serve receive struggled tonight,” said Crookston Coach Ashley Stopa. “Thief River Falls served well and I don’t know if it was the small gym or what, but we struggled tonight.”
SET TWO –
Crookston had a solid start in the second set and took a 3-1 lead, but Thief River Falls answered in a big way with an 8-1 run behind four kills from three different players for an 8-4 lead. Thief River Falls continued to dominate the rest of the way with some big kills from Haylie Rogalla and Kisch and won the second set 25-10 to take a 2-0 lead in the match. “They are pretty scrappy and do a great job of keeping the ball off the floor and they have some big hitters,” said Coach Stopa. “We had a lot of errors and we have to learn what our teammates are doing and play better together.”
SET THREE –
The third set had an ominous start with Thief River Falls taking a 5-0 lead capped by Rogalla kill. Crookston scored three straight points with back to back Prowler errors and a Jasmin Hanson block/kill to bring the Pirates within a 5-3 deficit. Thief River Falls slowly pulled away for a 12-4 lead after back-to-back kills by Mattea Erickson. Crookston recorded a point after a Prowler serve went out of bounds, but Thief River Falls went on a 10-0 run and coasted to a 25-10 victory for a 3-0 victory. “It felt like they kept coming at us over and over. Give credit to Thief River Falls, they came out and played well tonight and they jumped on us after a slow start,” said Coach Stopa. “We struggled on our serves too and we need to work on the mental side of the game. I know we have practice tomorrow so we are going to work hard and we have to communicate a lot more.”
Crookston drops to 1-4 on the year and will host Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal on Thursday. Thief River Falls improves to 1-5 on the year.
J.V. – Thief River Falls won 2-0 C Squad – Thief River Falls won 2-0
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Kills – Jasmin Hanson – 4, Kasey Cwikla – 2
Blocks – Jasmin Hanson – 1, Hannah Loraas – 1
Assists – Emily Funk – 4
Digs – Dani Boyle – 7, Kasey Cwikla – 6
Aces – Kasey Cwikla – 1, Amelia Overgaard – 1