Volleyball bounces back for big win over Chisago Lakes

Forest Lake junior Caitlin Freer rips a hit in set three of the match against Chisago Lakes on Monday. (Photo by TLC Digital Images)

Kat Ladwig
Sports Editor

After a disappointing showing last Saturday at the Shakopee Invite, where the Rangers went 1-3, the Forest Lake volleyball squad came back ready to fight in their match against Chisago Lakes at home on Monday.

Forest Lake beat the Wildcats in four, winning 25-16, 26-24, 22-25 and 25-17.

Consistent passing from the back row paved the way for Ranger setters, junior Chelsie Bethke and senior Brenna Blake, to record 17 and 19 assists, respectively.

Senior Miranda Haug, showcased her ability to provide a spark on the court while leading the offensive unit with 13 kills from various spots on the court. The middle hitter also led the front court defense in blocking with three blocks.

Forest Lake’s mobile and well-distributed offense opened the opposing block for senior Chelsea Lautigar and sophomore Emily Lindstrom to record eight and seven kills, respectively. Senior hitter Hanna Morris contributed on offense with four kills, but showed her strength by leading the team in the backrow with 17 digs.

Forest Lake head coach Sherri Alm pointed out that her team went 96 percent while serving, but that didn’t mean they played it safe. The setters again were key performers, their varying serves and accurate placement had the Wildcats scrambling for a touch on the ball.

Both Bethke and Blake served 100 percent with a combined five aces, all at possible turning points late in the match. While Bethke delivered the final blow in the second set with an ace, Blake rampaged Chisago Lakes with a serving run of six points to kick off the fourth set, which gave the Rangers the cushion they needed to seal the win.

The Rangers face Stillwater at home on Thursday, Sept. 13. The match begins at 7 p.m.