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Raiders fall to Red Rock Central Falcons 3-1

October 11, 2012

  Dani Hermeling fights for the tip as she goes up against her RRC opponent at the net. 
 FULDA FREE PRESS/Sheila Crowley
FULDA FREE PRESS/Sheila Crowley
Dani Hermeling fights for the tip as she goes up against her RRC opponent at the net.
 #3 Brittney Hermeling goes for the kill in Thursday nights game. 
 FULDA FREE PRESS/Sheila Crowley
FULDA FREE PRESS/Sheila Crowley
#3 Brittney Hermeling goes for the kill in Thursday nights game.
Caitlin Strenge makes the pass to the front row as #5 Brittany Leinen waits to assist if need be. 
 FULDA FREE PRESS/Sheila Crowley
FULDA FREE PRESS/Sheila Crowley
Caitlin Strenge makes the pass to the front row as #5 Brittany Leinen waits to assist if need be.
Fulda girls win by default after illegal substitution by the Dragons
by Laurie Hermeling

Sports Writer



The Raiders have been on a losing streak and had hopes of getting back in the win column Tuesday evening. Their opponent was the Falcons from RRC. Fulda knew this would be a tough game to win but were determined to give it their all. The first game didnít turn out exactly as hoped. The Raiders were down 1-4 when Brittney Hermeling came to the service line and recorded an ace serve. Rachel Cheadle spiked the ball and had an awesome block to get the Raiders tied at 5-5. The Falcons came back and notched the next 5 points. Fulda could not overcome the deficit and lost the first set 13-25.

Game 2 would turn out to be quite an exciting match. Cheadle scored the first point of the set with a resounding kill to the floor, later this would be followed by a block to get the game tied at 4-4. Myah Holinka served well and gave Fulda the first lead of the set. The game went back and forth; B. Hermeling had a hard spike which put us up by the score of 11-6. The Falcons fought back, score 14-14. Teams kept up their intensity, the game was tied at 22-22 but Amanda Schumacher would fix that. She had a timely block to put the Raiders up 23-22. Fulda wins the second set 25-23.

Fulda would jump out to a 4-1 lead to start the third set of the night. Once again RRC would get back into the game and the lead would diminish. Rachel Cheadle and Brittney Hermeling had a spectacular set at the net. They each were able to record back to back kills to keep the Raiders in the hunt, but the Falcons found the holes in our defense. Falcons take the third game 21-25.

The Falcons ended up walking away with the fourth and final set of the night. They took the early lead 4-0 when they missed a serve. Fulda wasnít able to capitalize and went behind 9-2 before Holinka was able to get a kill. Again, Fulda could not get any offense generated. Final game ends up 11-25; RRC wins the match 3-1. The Raiders won Thursdayís game against the Adrian Dragons because of a substitution error. Minnesota High School League rules restrict an athlete to 5 sets of volleyball per evening. Thursday, the Dragons had an individual play in 6 sets and this resulted in the Dragonís having to forfeit the match. This gave the victory to the Raiders.

In actual games played, the Raiders were able to get the first set of the night by the score of 25-19. The second and third games of the night would result in extra points needed to finish, both going to the Dragons by the identical scores of 24-26. The fourth set would be no different except it would take a little longer, Fulda 27- Dragons 29. The Raiders played very well and never gave up. This match would be like so many matches this year. Fulda would be mere points from a victory and see it slip away.

The stat leaders for the evening were; Dani Hermeling with 22 set assists, Rachel Cheadle recorded 13 kills and had four blocks, Brittney Hermeling had 11 digs, 3 ace serves, and eight kills, Amanda Schumacher and Courtney Tiesler each had 13 digs for the Raiders. Next action for the Raiders will be in Hills vs. the Patriots, Monday evening.


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