Rebels swept by the Cyclones

Published 10:19 pm Monday, September 25, 2017

WELLS — The United South Central volleyball team struggled to find any offensive momentum Monday night when it hosted St. Clair. Despite the Rebels keeping the beginning of the sets interesting, they ultimately fell to the Cyclones in three straight sets.

It appeared from the get-go that it was going to be a long night for the Rebels as the Cyclone offense rattled off the first seven points of the set. The Rebels, however, would answer right back with a six-point rally of their own to get themselves right back into the match.

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However, after that run it would be all Cyclones for the rest of the set. United South Central dropped the set, 25-13.

The common theme of the match was the Rebels keeping the set very competitive up until around the 10-point mark, and the second set was no different. United South Central was only trailing by two points midway through the set, 12-10. But just like the first set, the Cyclones would go on to dominate the rest of the second set, outscoring the Rebels 13-6 and finishing the set 25-16.

United South Central junior Abigail Renz receives a serve Monday night in the 3-0 loss to St. Clair. Renz finished the night with three kills, four digs and one assist. Tyler Julson/Albert Lea Tribune

The third and final set played out much like the first two. The Rebels stayed right on the heels of the Cyclones right up until the Cyclones scored their 10th point. After that, St. Clair found their momentum and cruised to the end of the match, as United South Central lost the final set, 25-13.

The Rebels struggled slightly with communication and finishing sets. Their strongest play Monday night was their effort at the net — primarily senior Peyton Rollenhagen and sophomore Lauren Hagenson, who combined for a total of six blocks throughout the match.

Leading the Rebels in kills Monday night was Rollenhagen with six, close behind was junior Lizzy Baird with four. Baird also lead the team in digs with seven. Junior Kortney Harpestad racked up an impressive 11 assists.

United South Central falls to 1-12 on the season and will compete again on Saturday when they hit the road for a tournament in Nicollet.

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Tyler Julson covers sports for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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