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Volleyball snags win over Irondale

Team prepares for first conference game

Alex Balfour

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Freshman Raegan Alexander hits the ball against the Irondale Knights Sept. 5.

Volleyball defeated Irondale in a nonconference game on Sept. 5, according to head coach Whitney Meierrotto-Simon.

Senior captain Ella Trotter said although the team beat Irondale prior to this, she focused on remaining humble.

“We beat them since I’ve been playing, so we weren’t expecting a challenging match, but at the same time we have a lot of new players and we were trying different lineups so I didn’t want to get too confident,” Trotter said.

Meierotto-Simon said the team struggled in the beginning of the match, but remained resilient in order to win.

“We did not play our best. “Irondale did play very well; they played very scrappy,” Meierotto-Simon said. “Our girls started very slow and we just had a lot of unforced errors. “As the night went along, we got better and better with each set, which is huge.”

Meierotto-Simon said eliminating unforced errors has been a focus in recent practices.

“When we play I always track how many errors we make ourselves,” Meierotto-Simon said. “It’s just a matter of getting (repetition) and helping the girls understand that we’re taking away points on the board or we’re giving the other team points and really try to be in control with those errors.”

Trotter said she anticipates a difficult game against Chaska for the team’s first conference match of the season, but believes home-field advantage will be helpful.

“Chaska is definitely a serious opponent. We have lost to them every year I have been here,” Trotter said. “This is the first time they’re gonna be at our house though so I think that will change some things.”

According to gopark.org, Orioles volleyball plays against Chaska at 7:00 p.m Sept. 7 at the high school.

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