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Rockets go distance, but can't close on 'Cats


October 7, 2019

All four levels of volleyball for NR-S and Benson County managed a rare feat in Maddock last Tuesday, Oct. 1, as each team’s match lasted until their final deciding set and race to 15 points.

The Rockets took the junior high, C-squad and junior varsity games by 2-1 final set scores, and the Wildcats had their eye on the big prize in the varsity showdown.

Both Region 4 rivals alternated set wins in the first four sets, but Benson County sent NR-S to their third five-set loss this season, 28-26, 19-25, 25-18, 23-25 and 13-15.

NR-S (6-9 overall, 1-1 record in Region 4) had big stat boxes from both Hannah Haley (12 kills) and Kayahna Hopfauf (11 kills, five blocks) in the bitter defeat.

The teams used quick starts to get wins in their first three respective sets, but the fourth set was one that came back to haunt the Rockets.

At one point in that game, NR-S held an 18-10 lead, but the ‘Cats rode the strength of an 8-1 run to get back into contention, 19-18. The Rockets would surge back ahead at 22-21, only to see Benson County grab the crucial set win, 25-23.

In the final set, back-and-forth volleyball was the norm, as both teams fought tooth and nail for a 10-10 deadlock, but the Wildcats got the crucial five of eight points to send the Rockets to a hard-fought loss.

Dani Bjerke had 39 assists and Cassie Longnecker 36 digs for NR-S.

Super Region 4 Volleyball

Benson Co. 3, NR-S 2 at Maddock

NR-S 28 19 25 23 13 2

BC 26 25 18 25 15 3

NR-S Stats

Kills: Hannah Haley 12, Kayahna Hopfauf 11, Brianna Price 8, Chloe Heinz and McKayla Waldo 5, Cassie Longnecker 2.

Aces: Kennedy Demester, Haley and Longnecker 1.

Assists: Dani Bjerke 39, Haley 1.

Blocks: Hopfauf 5, Bjerke, Kindra Jacobson and Price 1.

Digs: Longnecker 36, Haley 8, Demester 7, Bjerke 5, Kenna Munson 4, Waldo 2, Jacobson and Price 1.

Junior Varsity:

NR-S 2, Benson Co. 1


NR-S 2, Benson Co. 1

Junior High:

NR-S 2, Benson Co. 1


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