(Photo by Roy Tucker)
R-U started the night against River Valley and suffered its third consecutive MVC loss to start the season as the Wolverines took the match in four games, 25-22, 25-19, 20-25, 25-22.
Alex Sonnichsen led the Lady Rockets in defeat with a team-high six kills and a perfect 17 of 17 effort from the serve line with two aces. Sara Bortscheller was 19 of 23 serving with seven aces, adding four kills, while Jackie Schuetz finished 15 of 15 serving with one ace and had four kills and three blocks. Hope Weiler paced the team in setting with 10 assists in a losing effort.
"It was a hard-fought game," said R-U coach Heather Youde of the loss to River Valley. "We battled back and won the third game. However, we didn't attack enough and our passing wasn't the greatest."
After sitting out a game to watch Woodbury Central and River Valley face off, the Lady Rockets came back with a better effort against the Wildcats in the final match of the night, picking up their first conference win in five games. R-U won the first game handily 25-11, then lost game two 26-24 and game thre 25-17. Facing a fourth consecutive MVC loss, R-U rallied on its home court with wins of 25-15 in game four and 15-13 in game five to take the match.
The victory over Woodbury Central equaled R-U's total in the MVC from a year ago and gave the Lady Rockets two wins on the season, already one better than 2004's overall 1-23 mark. Youde said that it was beneficial to see the Wildcats in action against River Valley before playing that final match and R-U took full advantage of the scouting opporunity.
"We got a good look at what Woodbury could do and we adjusted to them very well," said Youde. "We passed the ball outstandingly and that helped us with our attack. Overall the whole night we improved ourselves with hustle, sliding all over the court, digging out balls and playing defense."
Serving was strong for the Lady Rockets in the win with Schuetz leading the way at 19 of 22 with five aces. Weiler finished 12 of 12 with one ace, Sonnichsen was 20 of 21 with three aces and Jessica Bohnenkamp was 13 of 17 with four aces.
Sonnichsen again led R-U with seven kills, while Marisa Wurth added six kills and Schuetz a team-high five blocks. Bortscheller had nine digs and six kills and Weiler chalked up 23 set assists.
R-U (2-5, 1-3) will next play Saturday at the West Monona tournament in Onawa.