The Forest Lake volleyball team continued its streak of finishing .500 at tournaments this season with a 2-2 finish at the Rochester Century Invite over the weekend to close regular-season play for 2013.
The Rangers opened with a match against Rochester John Marshall, winning 2-0, before falling to a disciplined Hayfield squad in two sets.
A win over Dover-Eyota placed Forest Lake in the fifth-place match against Rochester Century, where they fell in two close sets, 28-30, 23-25, to take sixth place out of 16 at the invite.
Head coach Sherri Alm said she would have liked to have seen more energy from her girls in Rochester.
“We certainly had some high points, but I want to see more consistency and excitement at this time of year,” Alm said. “I just didn’t see the fire I was hoping for.”
Leading the Rangers in kills was senior middle hitter Mariah Daninger with 20 to accompany her five blocks. Senior Caitlin Freer displayed her versatility on the outside with 17 kills and three blocks, while ninth-grader Tia Moscatelli and senior Abby Furry each added 12 kills. Moscatelli also recorded six blocks, while Furry had three.
Senior setter Kenzie VanBuskirk put up 48 set assists, six aces and 17 service points, while senior Chelsie Bethke recorded 26 set assists, seven aces and three blocks.
Senior Bree Raabe led the defense with 46 digs, followed by junior Emily Lindstrom with 25 digs. The back left player also served 28-28 on the tournament.
Senior Lauren Riedeman added 23 digs, four aces and 20 service points.
“Hopefully now that we’ve seen some other styles of play, we can get excited again and really push for our potential and play aggressive volleyball,” Alm said.
The Rangers also faced Roseville last Tuesday in their last regular-season conference match. They fell to a tough Raider team in three sets.
Heading into the postseason, Forest Lake has earned the No. 4 seed in Section 7AAA, meaning a first-round bye and a home match. The Rangers will play the winner of Anoka (fifth seed) and Duluth Denfeld (12th seed) at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at Forest Lake High School.