FL volleyball hangs two more on victory belt

Junior Mariah Daninger places a tip during the Rangers 3-0 win over Park last Thursday. (Photo by Kat Ladwig)

Kat Ladwig
Sports Editor

Forest Lake volleyball has hit its late-season stride, winning five of its last six games including sweeps over both White Bear Lake and Park of Cottage Grove.

In last Tuesday’s win over the Bears, the Rangers won 25-16, 25-17, 25-17 and had another successful night of serving led by senior setter Brenna Blake. Blake went 18-for-18 behind the line with one ace, 15 set assists and seven digs.

Forest Lake kept up the team contribution in stats, as senior Katelin Kruger had 11 digs, followed by seven each from junior Lauren Riedeman and senior captain Hanna Morris. Junior Mariah Daninger came up big at the net, stuffing the opposition for eight block kills

Senior captain Miranda Haug led the offense with six kills, while Daninger and junior Chelsea Bethke each put six balls away.

Head coach Sherri Alm said the difference in her team is confidence in its play, bringing intensity to the court and understanding their individual roles better. She said they are also becoming more comfortable transitioning into a 6-2 offense with the 5-1 option, if need be.

The change came after Forest Lake’s matchup with Elk River, and the Rangers overall record was 4-8. Since then, the Rangers have improved their record to 9-10.

One of those wins includes the match against Park last Thursday, where the Rangers defeated the Wolfpack 25-14, 25-12, 25-15.

Sophomore Emily Lindstrom led the Ranger offense with nine kills while Haug and Bethke pounded home eight and seven, respectively.

The Forest Lake setters came up big with Blake serving strong again, going 16-for-17 with two aces and 28 assists while senior Rachel Shumaker went 10-for-10 with two aces from behind the line.

Alm said she is pleased with the progress her team is making before heading into section play, especially getting two conference wins under their belt this past week.

“We hope they continue to play with the intensity necessary to take care of business,” Alm said.

Forest Lake traveled to Hastings on Tuesday, before coming home to host Roseville Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. for the Ranger’s Senior and Junior High Night.