Second-year player Mellisas Widman, with 10 kills, helped Central Lakes College weather a storm to prevail 3-1 over the St. Cloud Tech Cyclones in the Raiders’ home opener at CLC Wednesday.
With the Raiders winning two games and having to push the score to 26-24 to get the win and losing one game 25-14, the outcome appeared cloudier than it looked.
“I think we are pretty lucky to say we won tonight,” said Coach Jane Peterson. “We don’t have anyone keeping track of unforced errors, but there was a lot.”
Widman also had 13 digs, 2 ace serves and 2 blocks for the Raiders.
“She (Widman) is our go-to player. She did OK tonight, not her best, but you can see we give her the ball quite a bit, and she doesn’t make many mistakes,” said Peterson.”
The three games the Raiders won featured multiple score changes, with the scored tied frequently, and neither team able to build more than a four-point lead, particularly because of service errors.
“Every missed serve you could say is an unforced error and there aren’t very many reasons to miss a serve.” said Peterson.
Game Two was completely opposite in regards to the score as the Raiders seemed to get caught up in Tech’s early lead. Tech didn’t look back, up 16-7 just after the midpoint and finishing 11 points ahead of CLC.
“I could have done a lot better, I missed a lot of serves, too many, and as a team we missed way too many serves,” said Widman. “We need to be more focused when we go back there.”
In Game Four there were only four lead changes with the game tied four times. The game and match ended with first-year middle hitter Carlie Sweet killing the ball just past the10-foot line.
“At the end Carlie was up high and hitting the ball down, trying to score, and she wasn’t afraid,” said Peterson. “ If she could play like that all the time that would be good.”
Abbi Knutson had 26 set assists and 11 digs followed by teammate Haley Hornick with 12 digs for the Raiders.
“I thought our serve receive passing was pretty good and our defense, we picked up a lot of stuff,” said Widman. “Our communication was good.”
With the win, CLC improves to 3-2 on the year, having gone 2-2 at the season-opening Ridgewater tournament last weekend.
“It’s not a game I am excited about the way we won, or proud of the way we won. I am just a little bit relieved that we can say we won.” said Peterson.
The Raiders will host Minnesota State Fergus Falls on Friday and try to improve to 2-0 on their home court.
St. Cloud Technical 24 25 24 22
Central Lakes 26 14 26 25
Central Lakes statistics
Melissa Widman 10 kills, 2 ace serves, 13 digs, 2 blocks
Hayley Hornick 1 ace serve, 12 digs
Jazmin Massie 7 kills, 1 block
Abbi Knutson 1 ace serve, 11 digs, 26 set assists
Crysta Christensen 7 kills 3 ace serves, 9 digs
Carlie Sweet 6 kills, 2 blocks
Emily Weber 4 kills
Kaylie Hanson 2 kills, 6 digs, 1 block
Alice Widmark 5 kills
Alanna Hansen 1 kill, 7 set assists, 1 block
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