Albert Lea overcomes slow start to win season opener
Published 7:57 am Saturday, August 24, 2013
The Albert Lea volleyball team began its season Friday with a 3-1 win at Austin.
The Tigers dropped Game 1 25-23 after a shaky start. However, Albert Lea settled down and found its groove in Game 2 to tie the match, Lisa Deyak said in her seventh non-consecutive season as head coach.
“We started off nervous,” Deyak said. “Even though we scrimmaged, it’s different with the game jerseys on. But, we responded well in the second game.”
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The Tigers finished off the Packers with a 25-16 win in Game 3 and a 25-10 win in Game 4.
Senior Bryn Woodside led Albert Lea at the setter position with 31 assists, while freshman right-side hitter Julia Deyak and senior middle hitter Annie Ladwig tied with a team-high 11 kills.
Junior outside hitter Taylor Willis led the Tigers defensively at the net with three blocks.
Last season, Albert Lea finished with an 11-17 overall record, including a 3-0 win at Austin.
Next, the Tigers play at Southland at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.