Season opener against the Royals
Hastings opened its 2019 season at home Aug. 26 against the Woodbury Royals. The two teams were already familiar with each other after facing off in a scrimmage at Hastings High School on Aug. 22.
Hastings won the first set 25-19, but the Royals rebounded to win the second set 25-16. From there, Woodbury was able to get on a roll and the Raiders committed too many errors to stay with them. The Royals won the third set 25-17 and then took the match 3-1 with a 25-20 fourth-set victory.
Head coach Amy Johnson said that her team played very well in the first set.
“We didn’t make very many errors that first set,” she said. “And then our errors kind of mounted on us a little bit, it’s hard when you play a good team to overcome errors.”
Despite the loss, Johnson said she was happy with how her team played.
“We played some really good volleyball tonight,” she said. “Cleaning up little things, a few too many hitting errors, a few too many missed serves, clean up our serve-receive, I mean we’re talking little things and that’s a W instead of a loss. The girls played very, very well, I’m very happy with what happened today.”
Simley and St. Paul Highland Park
Hastings bounced back from their loss to Woodbury and beat the Simley Spartans 3-2 at Simley on Aug. 27 to start Metro East Conference play. Simley took the first two sets 25-16 and 25-18 but the Raiders responded by taking the next three. They won the third set 25-17 and the fourth 25-15 before really turning it on in the fifth set, which they won 15-6. Senior Mallory Brake led the team with 21 kills while fellow senior Kassidy Siedow had seven. Senior Reilly Johnson facilitated the offense with 33 assists and five serving aces, while senior Emma Amundson added 25 digs.
The Raiders continued a three-match road trip as they went to St. Paul Highland Park on Aug. 29. Hastings won the first set 25-16 but then dropped the next three 25-14, 25-21 and 25-22 to lose 3-1. The Raiders are 1-2 overall, 1-0 in the MEC . Next week they travel to New Life Academy on Tuesday, Sept. 3, and then host Hill-Murray on Thursday, Sept. 5.