By PATRICK SLACK
The Holdingford volleyball team started fast against host Royalton, Tuesday, cruising through the first two sets.
But the Royals rallied to take the third set 25-19 and nearly forced a decisive fifth set, before the Huskers emerged with a 26-24 fourth-set win and the match.
Seniors Alyssa Ohman and Jena Volkers each had nine kills and senior Haley Huls and freshman Summer Storm added seven apiece to lead a balanced Holdingford attack.
Volkers also had a team-high 24 digs, followed by seniors Hannah Sowada (12), Amanda Young (12), Huls (9) and Amanda Beckius (6) and Storm (6).
Young added 31 set assists and Beckius had three.
Royalton was led by senior Kalee Petron with 13 kills, nine digs and five blocks.
Junior Emily Fussy contributed 10 kills and sophomores Abby Duevel and Hayley Gottwalt picked up six apiece.
Sophomore Jenna Skajewski recorded 21 digs to lead the Royals defensively, with junior Katelyn Kasella and Gottwalt each adding 17.
Royalton plays at Osakis and Holdingford travels to Maple Lake, Thursday.
Holdingford 3, Royalton 1
Holdingford 25 25 19 26 – 3
Royalton 17 19 25 24 – 1
Holdingford—Kills: Alyssa Ohman, 9; Jena Volkers, 9; Haley Huls, 7; Summer Storm, 7; Samantha Maciej, 4. Set Assists: Amanda Young, 31; Amanda Beckius, 3. Digs: Volkers, 24; Hannah Sowada, 12; Amanda Young, 12; Huls, 9; Beckius, 6; Storm, 6.
Royalton—Kills: Kalee Petron, 13; Emily Fussy, 10; Abby Duevel; Hayley Gottwalt, 6. Digs: Jenna Skajewski, 21; Gottwalt, 17; Katelyn Kasella, 17; Petron, 9. Blocks: Petron, 5. Service Aces: Gottwalt, 2; Petron, 2.