Rockford is peaking for volleyball playoffs
BY DAVID PEDERSEN
Rockford is playing well as a team at the right time as section playoffs get underway.
That is the opinion of coach Cindi Simonson after the Rockets finished the regular season at 6-18.
Despite three recent losses down the stretch, Simonson saw her players be very competitive, winning games in each match. Game scores were often close, such as in the 3-1 loss to Park Center last week when losing 29-27, 27-25 and 25-20 and winning 26-24.
“We don’t know who we are playing yet, but I am hoping for a home game in the first round on Thursday (Oct. 25). “We are a stronger team than we were at the beginning of our season.”
Playoff rounds are scheduled for Oct. 25 and 30, plus Nov. 1 and 3, with the title match set for Rockford.
Rockford ended the regular season with a 3-1 loss to Holdingford last week when once again all the games were close.
The Rocket offense was powered by hitter Ellen Paatela with 17 kills and 32 defensive digs and Jordan Weeding with 14 kills and 23 digs. Simonson said Katelynn Pedersen played well at the net, providing 10 kills. Kaylee Schumacher had 24 set assists.
For the playoffs the setters will be Schumacher and Jaclyn Bagaason. Outside hitters are Weeding, Paatela and Emily Ebespacher. Pedersen and Lexi Majeski are middle hitters. Nicole Friedlein is the libero, a defensive specialist.
“I have a strong bench of players who can step in at any time when may need them,” adds Simonson about Erin Gerard and Nicole Buenger, plus junior varsity players Hannah Carlson, Sam Bagaason, Rhiannon Monsessen and Lauren Engen.