Rockford captures second at Mora volleyball tournament

Rockford maintained momentum following a 3-0 volleyball victory over Mound-Westonka by capturing second place at Saturday’s Mora Invitational, going 3-1.

The Rockets started with a 2-0 win over tourney host Mora, followed by 2-1 victories over Aitkin and Hudson. Irondale won the title game 2-0. Player stats were not available when this issue went to press.
Rockford defeated Mound-Westona 25-11, 15-16 and 25-16. The victory put a stop to a five match losing streak.

Rockford ninth-graders Lauren Klaith (left) and setter Molly Schultz team up for a kill. (Photo by Bill Nord)
Rockford ninth-graders Lauren Klaith (left) and setter Molly Schultz team up for a kill. (Photo by Bill Nord)

“The win over Mound was truly a team effort,” said coach Jen Stoa. “The girls never let up their intensity no matter who was on the floor that night. I am very proud of the way the girls have played this past week.”
Serving was used as an offensive weapon against Mound-Westonka. Taylor Tody provided ace serves and Molly Schultz added eight.
Emili Cain paced the offense with 17 kills, while Molly Nooyen was close behind with 16. Tody had 42 digs and Schultz provided 39 set assists. The team had 13 total blocks.
Rockford plays at Litchfield, 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 and is home against Annandale, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11.

Young runners debut
You can tell that Rockford has a young girls cross country team when it started three seventh graders in a varsity invitational last week.
“The girls continue to do well and gain experience,” said coach Jason Hester after the Dassel-Cokato Invitational. “Three seventh-graders ran their first varsity race. Emma Sather, Alix Gifford and Natasha James all did well.”
Sophomore Grace Clark finished eighth at DC with eighth-grader Ellie Sather was ninth. Next came the three seventh graders with Emma Sather (26), Gifford (28) and James (35). Senior Liz Nelson (36) and sophomore Erin Hopkins (38) rounded out the varsity.
Rockford placed fifth in the eight team meet, three points behind Northwest, a home school team based in Rockford. Erika Swanson from Rockford won the meet for Northwest with Jerilynn Simmer fourth.
Hester said the boys improved quite a bit from the week before. Both Caleb Duerr (29) and Lucas Klonne (30) ran strong races. Next came Michael Nelson (51), Jack Hanson (52) and Nolan Aker (53).
The next meet is Tuesday, Oct. 11 at Watertown-Mayer.