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Volleyball team 9-4 in Division

Kaitlyn Roerick and Kirstie Grill each collected nine kills for the Central Lakes Raiders in a competitive three-game loss to Itasca of Grand Rapids on Sat., Oct. 9. Itasca, ranked fifth in the NJCAA Division III poll coming into the match, had first place secured in the Northern Division with an 8-1 record. The Raiders lost 25-23, 25-23, 25-21. CLC’s Megan Rakow (pictured) scooped 13 digs, and Kayla Atkinson and Melissa Widman followed with 11 each. Grill also led the team in blocks with four. Friday, Oct. 8 at CLC the Raiders dominated all three games vs. Fond du Lac, winning the first 25-12, the second 25-9 and the third 25-6. Kirstie Grill pounded out nine kills, and Melissa Widman and Jenna Terhaar combined for six each as the Raiders dominated the net. Rachel Pfeffer led the way with 25 set assists. Defensively, Melissa Widman totaled 10 digs, and Kayla Atkinson added eight as the Raiders were stingy in allowing the Thunder to get any offense going. CLC also combined for seven points off blocks. The Raiders finish the regular season on Wed., Oct. 13 at home against Rainy River before heading to the state tournament in Fergus Falls, where they will join Itasca, Mesabi Range, and Hibbing from the Northern Division. Division: CLC 9-4. Overall: CLC 17-10.

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