Girls volleyball experiences less luck versus Providence Academy
By DAVE PEDERSEN
Crow River News Sports
The Rockford girls soccer team had a respectable start to the season, finishing the first week with three wins and two losses.
The Rockets, led by senior captains Heidi Trandahl and Hailey Ziemer, plus junior captain Neely Griffin, dominated Zimmerman 2-0, Big Lake 2-1 and Cambridge-Isanti 1-0. Defeats were against Becker 5-2 and Holy Family 5-0.
The two shutouts were recorded by ninth grade goalie Ellie Ziemer. Two goals were netted by senior Logan Henrich, with one each scored by sophomore Kailey DeWolfe, ninth-grader Sydney Manthana and junior Jade Ellis. In the three wins Rockford had a 22-10 edge in shots on goal.
In the losses, goals were scored by Henrich and Trandahl, with assists going to junior Skyler Palmer and Ellis.
Coach Melissa Joseph said her team had a great showing in the Becker tournament with the varsity going 2-1 and the junior varsity winning every game.
“The most important thing is we have a group of young women who play with heart,” says Joseph. “Yes, that will win us some games, but it will also build a great team.”
The Rockets have a home game against Delano, 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, before going to face Hutchinson, 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12. Rockford is home against Orono, 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14.
Rockford opened the volleyball season by losing three close games to Providence Academy, 25-23, 25-22 and 25-22.
“It was not the way we had hoped to start the season,” said coach Jennifer Milton. “Providence was a stronger team than we expected. While the outcome was not what we had hoped, it was a good learning experience.”
Junior Madeline Altmann led the Rockets with nine kills, while sophomore Lauren Klaith Kill had seven. Senior Ellie Warnous had two blocks.
After entering the Mound Westonka tournament, 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9 Rockford has three straight 7 p.m. home games scheduled against DeLaSalle Monday, Sept. 11, New London-Spicer Thursday, Sept. 14 and Paynesville, Tuesday, Sept. 19.