FL volleyball splits week, 3-3

It was a big week of volleyball for the Rangers last week, as they took on six squads in five days.

Forest Lake started the grind on Tuesday, Sept. 24, with a 3-0 loss to Mounds View, before turning around to hit the road against Cretin-Derham Hall two days later. The Rangers fell to the Raiders, who lead the Suburban East Conference and have won seven of their last eight matches, in five sets, losing 25-21, 16-25, 25-23, 23-25 and 13-15.

Despite the loss, head coach Sherri Alm was satisfied with her squad.

“We rebounded so well,” Alm said. “The girls played excited, talked and didn’t quit. I was very proud of them and was hoping that this would be the springboard to bring that energy to each and every match.”

Senior middle hitter Mariah Daninger led her squad with a resounding 20 kills and two blocks, followed by senior Caitlin Freer with 15 kills and 16-16 serving. Senior Chelsie Bethke recorded nine kills and four aces, while junior Emily Lindstrom added six kills and eight digs.

Senior libero Bree Raabe led the defense with 18 digs, followed by senior Lauren Riedeman with eight digs and 17-17 serving.

Forest Lake traveled to Duluth East over the weekend and finished fourth of 12 teams at the Greyhound Invite.

The Rangers took down the first two squads they faced, Duluth Denfeld and Esko, in two sets before falling in tight games to Cambridge-Isanti and North Branch. The Rangers fell in three to the Bluejackets, 25-19, 14-25, 13-15, and by two points to the Vikings, 24-26, 23-25.

Daninger again led her squad Saturday with 29 kills with an 87 percent hitting percentage, seven blocks, one ace and 100 percent serving. Freer contributed 17 kills, while Lindstrom added 11 kills, 24 digs and eight blocks. Bethke earned seven kills, 20 set assists and three aces.

Senior Kenzie VanBuskirk recorded 34 set assists and 15 digs, while senior Kristy Dellwo added 10 assists.

Riedeman led the back row with 41 digs on the tournament and seven aces while Raabe and senior Abby Furry recorded 17 and 16 digs, respectively.

Forest Lake now sits at 8-9 overall and hosted East Ridge on Tuesday night. Next, the Rangers play at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at White Bear Lake.