Scarlets drop Tigers

Published 10:26 pm Thursday, September 23, 2010

Albert Lea’s Danielle Hanson looks to spike the ball against Mankato West Thursday during set two of the match. -- Andrew Dyrdal

Coach: ‘We’re not playing together as a team’

The Albert Lea Tigers volleyball team couldn’t handle Mankato West Thursday, as they hosted the Scarlets but fell 3-0.

The Scarlets (5-5-2) held the lead in all three sets, winning 25-10, 25-13 and 25-14.

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“We’re not playing together as a team and that’s definitely holding us back,” Albert Lea head coach Jaime Mauseth said. “We don’t have a leader right now and we need one to compete in the Big Nine (Conference).

Bryn Woodside (9) hit the ball over the net Thursday. -- Andrew Dyrdal

After losing the first set, the Tigers (4-8) opened up the second with a different look, adding ninth graders Sydney Rehnelt and Bryn Woodside into the starting lineup. Mauseth added the two players because she sees them as vocal leaders despite their age.

“Their both aggressive girls that want to win and want to play volleyball, and that’s what I want on the court,” Mauseth said. “I was very impressed with them. They did a good job.”

As a team, the Tigers had eight kills, six set assists, three ace blocks and one ace serve.

According to Mauseth, the team’s serve receive was around 50 percent, their lowest showing on the season.

“We have to work together and work hard, and we just didn’t do that at all,” Mauseth said. “Whenever we needed somebody to step up, nobody did.”

The Tigers are in action again Saturday as they travel to Rochester to play in a tournament.

Mankato West 3, Albert Lea 0

Scarlets 25 25 25

Tigers 10 13 14