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Somerset volleyball team can't stick with Prescott

Freshman Abbie Rivard delivers a serve for the Spartans in last Tuesday’s match against Prescott.1 / 2
Becca Olin has given the Spartans a lift since her recent promotion from the junior varsity team.2 / 2

Improved back row play couldn’t light a fire under a struggling hitting attack for the Somerset volleyball team last Tuesday.

The Spartans lost their regular season finale on their home court, falling to Prescott 25-19, 25-12 and 25-14.

In the opening game of the night, the Spartans were competitive. The Spartans were able to get blocks on several of Prescott’s hit attempts and the Spartan back row players were able to dig up a number of Prescott’s best shots. That kept the Spartans close until the end, when Prescott pulled away for a 25-19 win.

Somerset wasn’t able to match that success in the final two games. Despite solid passing all night, the Spartan setters and hitters never seemed to find a rhythm. They ended up putting soft shots over the net, which Prescott quickly turned around for quality hitting attempts.

Somerset coach Sarah Praschak said she was frustrated that the team’s hitting wasn’t more productive when it was getting some of its best passes of the season. She said the blocking of Rachel Plourde and Kendrah Wink was able to slow down some of Prescott’s attack, but the Cardinals thrived on the Spartans’ hitting mistakes.

The trouble in one area overshadowed the areas where the Spartans played capably. The Spartans only had one missed serve in the three games, one of their best showings of the season.

The Spartans finished in sixth in the Middle Border Conference standings for the 2013 season. This loss dropped the Spartans to 2-5 in the MBC.

The WIAA volleyball playoffs began on Tuesday with the Spartans competing in Division 2. The Spartans received the sixth seed in the regional tournament bracket, meaning they opened tournament play at Baldwin-Woodville (the third seed) on Tuesday. The winner of Tuesday’s match will be back in action this Thursday, facing the winner of Tuesday’s match between New Richmond and St. Croix Central.

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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