Royals cap off senior night with sweep of visiting Huskers

Royals, Huskers also drop matches to foes, Pioneers split

By Tyler ohmann
Sports Editor
tyler.ohmann@mcrecord.com

Senior night could not have gone better for Royalton’s five seniors who would be seeing their home court for the final time, Oct. 7 against Holdingford.
The night ended in a 3-0 sweep of the Huskers for the Royals.

(101214sportsGallEthen)   Staff photo by Tyler Ohmann Royalton hitters Olivia Gall, left, and Lenae Sieben, center, react as Holdingford’s Corrie Ethen tries to hit back a tip, Oct. 7.

(101214sportsGallEthen) Staff photo by Tyler Ohmann
Royalton hitters Olivia Gall, left, and Lenae Sieben, center, react as Holdingford’s Corrie Ethen tries to hit back a tip, Oct. 7.

Senior setter Haley Olson had an all around strong contest with 27 assists, 16 digs, six kills and three aces.
Sophomore Brandi Kloss showed the seniors the team would be in good hands in the future as she finished with seven kills and a pair of aces.
The win put the Royals at 8-9 overall, a place they are all too familiar with.
“We did this last year too, we had a so-so season, and picked up a few wins and it fueled us in the postseason, and I’m OK with that,” said Royalton head coach Trisha Spencer.
As for the five seniors, Spencer said that their final season is far from over.
“I coached the girls in seventh grade, so I’ve been with these girls for the past five years,” Spencer said. “We’ve just been one giant team, working for the same goal for the past five years, and this is kind of it, this is what we’re building up for.”
The Royals did lose 3-1 to Osakis, Oct. 2 though.
Royalton won the first set 25-16, but it went down hill dramatically from there as the Silver Streaks won 15-25, 16-25 and 20-25 to earn the win.
Abby Duevel had 13 kills and 19 digs in the losing effort.
The Huskers too dropped a match Oct. 2.
Holdingford was swept by Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted.
Summer Storm had a strong game in the loss, as she finished with 22 kills and three aces.
Holdingford is 11-11 overall this season.

Pioneers feel both
sides of sweeps
The Pierz volleyball team experienced both sides of the spectrum of the sweep this past week.
The Pioneers were swept by Eden Valley-Watkins, Oct. 2, but bounced back with a sweep of their own over LPGE, Oct. 7.
In the loss, the Pioneers fell 11-25, 19-25 and 24-26.
Raychel Virnig had 12 digs and six kills in the losing effort.
Pierz played one of its best matches of the year in a 3-0 sweep of the Thunder, Oct. 7.
The first two sets were a breeze for Pierz as it won 25-12, 25-7. The Thunder put up a fight in the third set, but the Pioneers finished them off with a 25-22 victory.
Jessica Hawks had an impressive nine aces in the match, and added 20 set-assists.
Cassie Smieja had seven digs and six kills in the win.
Pierz currently sits at 5-17 overall on the season.
Section playoffs begin, Nov. 1.

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