Redwood Valley volleyball team opens with win over Luverne

Ben Stoterau
Hannah Schjenken battles at the net with the Luverne front line.

The Redwood Valley girls volleyball team opened up the 2020 campaign with a 3-1 win over visiting Luverne Oct. 8 at the RVHS gymnasium.

It was the season debut of volleyball after a late start, and the RVHS Cardinals (1-0) were able to entertain a small group of fans thanks to a change in the indoor COVID policy earlier in the day.

Redwood Valley got a competitive effort from Luverne.

After jumping out to a quick 25-17, 25-8 lead, Redwood Valley would drop game three 25-20 but closed things out with a 25-23 win in game four.

Haley Garman led the way with 11 kills and two ace blocks, while Sydney Sommers added nine kills, nine digs, 1 1/2 ace blocks and was 9-of-11 serving.

Ella Bell also finished with nine kills to go along with six digs, and Madi Mertens added two kills, one dig and an ace block.

Hannah Schjenken had a solid night, finishing with 15 set assists, a kill, 11 digs, an ace block and was 12-of-14 serving with an ace.

Aubree Hicks added 10 set assists, seven digs and was a perfect 16-for-16 from the service line.

Sydney Mertens had three set assists, four digs and was 16-of-17 serving with two aces, and AJ Guggisberg had one set assist, nine digs and was a team best 19-for-19 from the service line.