MCC earns four-set victory over Russell-Tyler Ruthton

TYLER- The Russell-Tyler-Ruthton Knights volleyball team lost to the Murray County Central Rebels 3-1 on Thursday night. MCC won the first, third, and fourth sets by scores of 25-22, 25-22, and 25-23. RTR took the second set by a score of 25-22.

The Knights looked like they might bring it to a fifth set after taking a 14-7 lead. The Rebels gained some momentum after a few blocks by Mallory Loosbrock and eventually got the score to 24-21. The Knights were able to get two points back after Nicole Enemark made a key block. However, MCC was able to finish out the game.

RTR coach TJ Williams said his team did not rally well enough from their early mistakes. “We just dug ourselves a hole at the beginning. We got lax at times and we can’t do that,” he said after the game.

Williams added that the team needs to be at full intensity for every match. “You gotta go hard at the beginning and you can’t let up in the middle,” he said.

MCC Coach Katy Bobeldyk thought her team was up and down for the match. “We were kind of a roller coaster tonight. I think we finally got to our high and stayed up there,” she said. Bobeldyk said that Jade Giese was her most valuable player on the evening do to her leadership on the court.

Outside hitter Nicole Enemark led the Knights 17 kills. Janel Wichern added 13. Libero Hallie Lingen was RTR’s best server, accounting for 15 points from behind the serving line. Wichern was also had nine blocks and 15 digs. Setter Lexi Wendland had seven blocks.

Siera Vanlperen led the Rebels with 11 kills. Mallory Loosbrock added 10. Rachel Schmitz had 21 digs.

The Rebels are now 2-1 and they travel to Adrian on Thursday, Sept. 4. The Knights are 0-2 and play Lakeview at home on Tuesday.