Albert Lea swept by Red Wing

Published 10:15 pm Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Albert Lea volleyball team is still seeking their first win after a home loss to Red Wing Tuesday night.

Despite a close and competitive first set, the Tigers ultimately fell to the Wingers, 0-3.

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The feeling and excitement was noticeably different from just one week ago, when the Tigers lost a crushing match to Rochester John Marshall. Tonight the team seemed excited and eager to get onto the court and prove themselves, which was evident in the first set.

Senior Dora Ogunkanbi goes up for a block in Tuesday night’s matchup against Red Wing. The Tigers would end up losing the match, 25-20, 25-11, 25-11. – Tyler Julson/Albert Lea Tribune

Albert Lea jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead before being caught by Red Wing. Throughout the entire set, the two teams were battling back and forth before the Wingers came out on top 25-20.

The second set is when the Wingers started to take over the match. Despite a small comeback attempt from the Tigers, they would drop the set 25-11.

The third and final set would be much the same as the second. Red Wing would jump out to an early 12-5 lead. Albert Lea put up a fight for part of the set, but it would end with the same score as the second, 25-11.

One thing head coach Cathy Baumann has emphasized in the past was communication on the court and the Tigers are improving in that area. From the time the ball was going into the air to the time it hit the ground, the entire team was in communication with one another.

A major strength for Albert Lea was their strong hitting at the net and their digging skills in the back court. Seniors Jenna Seavey and Dora Ogunkanbi, as well as juniors Courtney Harmdierks and Kailey VanRiper were especially strong when getting assists from Dayna Edwards at the net Tuesday night. VanRiper was also strong in the back row, along with senior Xitalli Lopez and junior Kallie Holl.

There was no true weakness displayed by Albert Lea Tuesday night. They defended well and hit some powerful shots at the net. There were many shots by the Tigers that just missed staying in bounds, which could have changed the game. Red Wing was just able to find the open spots on the floor.

The Tigers drop to 0-6 on the season and will be back at home this Thursday when they take on the Winhawks of Winona.

About Tyler Julson

Tyler Julson covers sports for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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