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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Prep volleyball: Pirates fall in 3 but 'improving'

  • The Pirate volleyball team opened its season Tuesday, losing 3-0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-22) to Fosston in Fosston, Minn.
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  • The Pirate volleyball team opened its season Tuesday, losing 3-0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-22) to Fosston in Fosston, Minn.
    "Right now our motto is keep improving every set and every match and we did that tonight," Pirate first year head coach Meredith Hollcraft said. "Fosston is a good team. They are always solid, even on a bad year. We started out shaky. Everything is new for everybody. We are running a faster offense this year. Our middles are working on timing. Even though it's not really comfortable for them they are getting it."
    Junior Precious Adams tallied five kills and two blocks for the Pirates, while senior Amber Froeber had four kills and 25 digs. Senior Kenzie Klatt posted 11 assists, 12 digs and two blocks. Senior Abby Parr and junior Karlee Meyer each recorded 17 digs, while junior Annie Hajostek and sophomore Macy Strem each had 12. Senior Shelby Solheim had four blocks.
    "Precious had a a couple of attacks that got everyone excited," coach Hollcraft said. "We did not pass well. In the first set there was nobody. The second set was better, and the third set we finally calmed down in our passing. We were more confident and relaxed.
    "If you can't get the passing right you will struggle with everything else," Hollcraft continued. "We were really trying to make things happen on our side. A lot of our points in the first set were on the other team's mistakes. In the third set Fosston even had to take a timeout and that was great. We are making improvements, that's all we're asking for right now."
    Fosston was led by Abby Swanson, who had 14 kills and six aces. Emily Curfman had 14 assists, while Noelle Dufault tallied 22 digs.
    The Pirates host Mahnomen on Thursday, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
    "We have Mahnomen on Thursday and we need to start the match where we left off tonight," coach Hollcraft said. "We need to keep making strides. I've been with the team since June and they are a dfferent team than they were in June. We continue to improve."

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