BY DAVE PEDERSEN
While Rockford is not securing as many match victories as hoped, coach Jen Stoa says the team is building confidence in each of the many narrow defeats.
The 4-8 Rockets are competitive in every match. For example, Rockford lost three games to one to Maple Lake but scored at least 22 points in all four games. After losing the first game 26-24, the Rockets stormed back to claim a 25-9 win, but lost the next two games 25-22.
Jordan Weeding led the offense with 17 kills, while senior Ellen Paatela had eight kills senior Kaylee Schumacher had 19 set assists and ninth-grader Emili Cain added four block assists.
In the 3-0 loss the Park Center last week, scores were also close at 25-21, 25-20 and 25-21. Kill leaders were Weeding 10, Paatela six and Cain four. Sam Bagaason had 12 set assists and Schumacher had nine.
Other hitters are juniors Emily Eberspacher and Rhiannon Monssen, plus sophomore Hannah Carlson. Senior Nicole Friedlein is the defensive specialist.
“It is always little frustrating to lose close games, but we have taken a lot out in how well we played,” said Stoa. “Players know what they are capable of doing. We have not peaked yet.”
The boys and girls soccer teams finish the regular season with three games before heading to the playoffs.
The girls play at home against Columbia Heights Sept. 26 and both teams are at the International School of Minnesota Sept. 30, at Watertown-Mayer Oct. 1 and home to Big Lake Oct. 3.