The Forest Lake volleyball team enjoyed a strong if busy week, winning six of the seven matches it played.
The Rangers finished out the nonconference segment of their schedule on Sept. 18, defeating Chisago Lakes 30-28, 25-16, 25-12. Angela Denney led the Ranger effort with 14 kills, 23 digs and four aces.
“We were not very focused the first set but we then pulled it together,” head coach Sherri Alm said.
On Sept. 19 the Rangers began their Suburban East Conference run by knocking off Park 25-14, 25-12, 25-21. Denney made 11 kills and also added 10 digs and three aces. Other offensive leaders were Abigail Groeneweg (eight kills), Claire Lautigar (five) and Brie Mottaz (four, with a .500 kill-efficiency rating).
On Sept. 21 the Rangers went to 2-0 in conference play by defeating White Bear Lake 25-13, 25-14, 25-19. Satistical leaders were Denney (12 kills, 13 digs), Groeneweg (10 kills, 20 digs), Ava Schmoll (16 digs), Elly Capra (20 assists, four aces) and Clara Olson (four blocks).
On Sept. 23 the Rangers traveled to Duluth East for an all-day tournament.
The Rangers opened pool play with victories over Esko (25-17, 25-12) and Duluth Denfeld (25-20, 25-17). They then lost to Benilde St. Margaret’s 25-27, 21-25 in what Alm called the match of the day.
“I felt we played pretty tough overall,” Alm said. “A couple things here or there, we come out with a ‘W.’”
A mark of 2-1 in pool play was good enough to send the Rangers into the match for third-place, where they defeated Brainerd 25-15, 25-19.
In Duluth, Schmoll and Abby Bier both served at 100 percent. Kaitlyn Bakke scored eight aces, Denney added seven and Riley Gorman served up four.
Groeneweg was the top scorer with 40 kills. Denney was credited with 28. Schmoll ended the day with 40 digs. Denney made 29 and Groenweg made 26.
Mottaz and Olson led the way in blocks with four each followed by Lindsey Johnson who had three.
“We are working to get quicker on our blocks and pressing so we are better able to control that net,” Alm said. “We will continue to improve. We have the personnel.”
The Rangers (11-5) shifted back into SEC play against Cretin-Derham Hall on Tuesday after press time and will travel to Woodbury on Thursday.