Rachel Hefta led the team in digs, blocks and aces in the loss.

    The Pirates hoped to continue their undefeated record on the road when the rolled into Twin Valley for a match against the Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal Titans. Crookston stared promisingly with a set one victory, but dropped the remaining sets to lose the match 3-1 (22-25, 25-15, 26-24, 25-20).

    Rachel Hefta (Sr. OH/MB) provided efficiency on offense as she led the team in kills with 14, a season high for a match. Hefta averages just under nine kills per match and led the Pirates (2-4) in kills for five of their six matches. Along with the kills, Hefta also led the team in blocks (2) and aces (3) on the night.

    “We trust Rachel to be smart with the ball and find ways to put the ball down,” Head Coach Ashley Stopa said. “She gets set a lot when we are scrambling and we trust her to always make that ball better and make the other team work to keep it off the floor.”

    Dani Boyle (Jr. L) dug out 20 balls on defense, a season best, and Kylie Solheim (Sr. S) recorded 23 assists.  

    Crookston edged out the first set 25-22, something they have accomplished in half their matches. Then came the ever so difficult second set. In their six matches thus far, the Pirates won set two once.

    The Titans tied the match by claiming set two 25-15 and went on to win the final two sets by a combined seven points, 26-24 and 25-20.

    “Our serving could be more consistent between sets,” Stopa said. “We were making unforced errors that made it hard for our side to gain much confidence to get out of that rotation.”

    Crookston’s next match comes against Thief River Falls on Tuesday, September 11 at 7:15 p.m.

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