LP-A volleyball finishes regular season strong
The young and inexperienced Lake Park-Audubon volleyball team grew up and finished the regular season strong by winning its final five of six matches, to finish with a record of 8-16.
LP-A won its final four matches, including an impressive final three victories over Waubun, Pelican Rapids and Ulen-Hitterdal.
The season was capped with a 3-0 win over Waubun, as Hailee Hovde played strong at the net with 15 kills and six blocks.
Teammate Christine McIntire added 10 kills and also did the work in the back row, with 16 defensive digs.
"We struggled with serve-receive at times, but we were doing well offensively," said LP-A head coach Jamie Nelson. "Our hitters were being aggressive in their attacks and placing the ball well."
Last week, the Raiders downed Pelican Rapids on the road 3-1 Thursday and hosted Ulen-Hitterdal Tuesday, Oct. 7, winning 3-0.
Hovde had 16 kills versus the Vikings Thursday, as McIntire followed close behind with 15.
Tatum Hall played well defensively with 30 digs and Jen Renner finished with 27 assists.
"At times, we looked really flat and were not reacting defensively," Nelson said. "Eventually, we knew we had to step up offensively and not let Pelican set up their offense so easily."
LP-A rebounded from a first-game 28-26 loss, by taking the next three by the scores of 25-19, 25-20 and 25-22.
The Raiders made quick work of U-H earlier in the week, winning in a sweep, 25-18, 25-20 and 25-17.
Hovde had 14 kills and McIntire 11, along with 21 digs. Renner had 26 assists.
"We were setting up our offense and were passing well," Nelson said of the victory.
LP-A will next enter the sub-section tournament, which will start next week (seedings were not in as of press time).
Lake Park-Audubon at Waubun, Monday, Oct. 13.
Raiders 3, Bombers 0
LP-A stat leaders -- Kills: Hailee Hovde 15, Christine McIntire 10, Tatum Hall 4, Jen Renner 1...Blocks: Hovde 6, Hall 1, Renner 1...Digs: McIntire 16...Assists: Renner 30, Hall 4.
Lake Park-Audubon at Pelican Rapids, Thursday, Oct. 9.
Raiders 3, Vikings 1
(26-28, 25-19, 25-20, 25-22)
LP-A stat leaders -- Kills: Hovde 16, McIntire 15, Hall 3, Renner 2...Digs: McIntire 23, Hall 30...Assists: Hall 8, Renner 27.
Ulen-Hitterdal at LP-A, Tuesday, Oct. 7.
Raiders 3, Spartans 0
(25-18, 25-20, 25-17)
LP-A stat leaders -- Kills: Hovde 14, McIntire 11...Digs: McIntire 21...Assists: Renner 26.