Volleyball Takes First Place in Quad

Girls volleyball team members in a huddle.

Last week the Raider Volleyball team traveled to Marshfield for a quad tournament. The team took first place. The Raiders defeated Wausau’s Newman Catholic 2-1, Marshfield 2-0, and Pulaski 2-0.

The team was led by returning seniors. Sara Hoffman had 15 kills, Shay Wassman had 14, Noelle Kiltie and Abby Richardson had 10 kills each, Jenna Hallen had 7, and Maddie Matuke had 5. Kaitlyn Zignego and Liz Collinson had 30 & 22 set assists respectively. Ariana Zins led the team defensively with 27 digs. It was a good start to the season and satisfying to the see the girls play well in their first competition of the year. This is the first year Hudson defeated Wausau Newman in this quad tournament. It was a fun and tough match with each team trading the lead with Hudson finally winning the third set 15-13.

Over the weekend, the team competed in the two day UW-Stout sponsored Sprawl tournament in which Hudson placed 18th out of 40 teams. On Friday, the Raiders went 2-2 in match play, defeating Eau Claire Regis and Prairie Farm both 2-0. The team lost to Stevens Point and Osceola both 0-2. On Saturday, the team went 2-1 in match play, defeating Rice Lake 2-0. Then up against Wausau Newman for the second time in a week, the team again won in three sets 2-1 with the first set going to 32-30 in Hudson’s favor. The second set was 23-25 to Newman, and then Hudson ran with some real momentum to take the third set 15-6. The Raiders finished the day with another super fun match against Mosinee, losing 22-25 and 24-26.

According to Coach Saathoff, “This was a really fund weekend, especially the last two matches on Saturday with the scores being so close and all the girls really played with a lot of heart and emotion. They gave it their all right to the last point. It was very satisfying to me as the coach and for all the parents there watching the team have so much fun and playing so well.”

For the weekend, Hoffman, Wassman, Kiltie, Richardson and Hallen again led the way offensively. Abbie Matuke followed next with 9 kills, Jade Sharretts added 6, and Carly Tersteeg had 1 and a couple of blocks. Zignego and Collinson again led the setters with Carolyn McMahon adding to the mix. Zins led the defense and Belle Blakey alos played well defensively with 16 digs and a service ace.

Next the team is on the road playing Chippewa Falls.