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Volleyball: Ashby falls in five to Hillcrest

Aanika Anderson

The Ashby volleyball team lost a five-setter against Hillcrest Lutheran Academy on Thursday night to fall to 3-15 on the season.

The Arrows won the first two sets by a 25-21 score, but the Comets (4-14-1) bounced back to win 25-19 and 25-22 in the third and fourth. They then won the fifth set, 15-10.

“Hillcrest is scrappy and rarely lets a ball drop,” Ashby head coach Hayley Stevens said. “They have hustle and heart on the court, and we had great, long volleys going back and forth the first two matches consistently.”

The Arrows had to work through losing senior outside hitter Aanika Anderson, who left the match with an injury.

“We lost our rhythm and we couldn't seem to finish what we started,” Stevens said. “We struggled to finish a series in the last two and had a hard time finding our footing to complete a good pass, set, hit. It's hard not to say that the loss of Anderson on the court didn't throw us off. We couldn't make that adjustment since it's something we haven't ever had to practice, so we faltered in the last three.”

Anderson had five kills and two aces before leaving the game. Brynn Krupke had a team-high 10 kills. Amelia Barry had 17 assists and 10 digs, and Courtney Koefod led Ashby from the back row with 28 digs.

HILLCREST 3, ASHBY 2

(21-25, 21-25, 25-19, 25-22, 15-10)

ASHBY - Madeline Thompson - 25-26 serving, 4 aces; Aanika Anderson - 13/14 serving, 2 aces, 5 kills, 1 block; Amelia Barry - 15/18 serving, 2 aces, 17 assists, 10 digs; Anissa Heinrich - 5/5 serving, 8 digs; Brynn Krupke - 8/10 serving, 2 aces, 10 kills, 2 blocks, 8 digs; Courtney Koefod - 6/7, 28 digs; Halle Dahlen - 8 kills, 3 blocks; Josey Ness - 15/15 serving, 2 aces, 15 digs; Taleeyah Johnson - 6/6 serving, 2 aces

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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