Capping the volleyball action was the best match of the week. Chatfield went to R-P and had the Trojans on the ropes. Maybe spurred by their energetic student section, team green found a “W.” The Gophers led most of the first two sets, but had to battle at the end of each to win. Game one saw six late ties. Chatfield ended the stanza 6-0 for the 25-20 win. The Gophers led game two 24-18. But R-P went 6-0 for a 24-24 tie. A Paige Erickson kill and a Belle Berg ace propelled the Chatfield to a 26-24 win (2-0 lead). R-P rallied and led most of game three. The Gophers trailed 24-19, only to nearly pull an opposite repeat of game two. Chatfield closed to down 24-23, only for an error to grant R-P the game. The Gophers led game four 16-11 only for a five point Lauren Lawston serving session to tie the game. Chatfield was then up 23-20 and close to victory. Five straight Trojan points including two heady kills by Lawston brought R-P back and evened the affair 2-2. The Trojans then dominated game five for the 3-2 comeback win (20-25, 24-26, 25-23, 25-23, 15-5). Lawston (14 kills, 28 digs), Olivia Hoff (35 digs), Kensay Clobes (9 kills, 27 digs), Peyton Hoiness (31 assists, 20 digs), and Nicole Blagsvedt (25-25 serving, 3 aces, 3 blocks) led R-P. The Trojans are 2-3, 8-11. Kielan LaPlante (15 kills), Abi Hinckley (39 digs, 27-28 serving, 3 aces), Mollie Henry (9 kills), Grace Friederichs (32 assists, 16 digs), and Berg (7 kills, 23 digs) led Chatfield.
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