Park River-F-L fly by Rockets
Aggies overcome youth and nerves in Minto
A young Park River- F-L Aggies volleyball team got tested early in the season opener in Minto last Tuesday.
The expectations of a dominating Aggie attack were slow to develop in the Aggies’ win over the Rockets.
“The girls looked nervous out there,” said PR-F-L head coach Sherry Currie. “Our inexperience showed and the pressure seemed to affect a few of the girls early on.”
The Aggies are also without five-foot, nine-inch sophomore Emily Bratlie due to a sprained ankle that happened at practice last week. “Emily’s injury forced a few girls into positions they are not used to,” said Currie.
The Rockets turned up the heat in the first game and challenged the Aggies but in the end it was junior Lexi Greicar that served the winning point that won the close set 26-24 in favor of the Aggies.
One of the fundamentals PR-F-L has been working on is their serve-receive and defense. “In those areas we are further along than we were last year at this point of the season, so I’m happy about that,” said Currie.
In the second set, the Aggies made a couple of long runs. Senior Morgan Porter and junior Hannah Swartz each came alive from the service line. Swartz served six straight points and Porter served four straight to take the air out of the Rockets home opener. Defensive efforts by Ashley Fontaine, Mandy Seim and Erin Kovarik helped set up the big hitters for the Aggies that contributed to the Aggies winning the second set by a score of 25-14.
“I was happy with the way Claire (Welch) and Hannah took control on the court,” said Currie. “Ashley and Morgan also led by example in quieter ways that help the younger girls,” Currie added.
“Katie (Bohn) had some nice hits at the net and Erin does so many things well,” said Currie.
By the third set the jitters of opening night seemed to fade for the Aggies. At one point, Porter served six straight points enroute to the 25-13 win to take the match three games to none.
“I was happy with our effort,” said new Minto coach Derek Meyer.
The Rockets looked solid at times and got a great service run in the second set by Alyx Altendorf and solid play by Haley Hovde.
On Thursday the Aggies travel to Midway and the Rockets play Cavalier at home.