Blue Devils close season with a win

Published 9:15 pm Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Cassie Massberg spikes against Western Wisconsin Tech's Kayle O'Bieglo in game three Wednesday night at Riverland Community College. - Eric Johnson/

Riverland’s Stephanie Loverink knew she’d be playing her last match with the Blue Devils on Wednesday night, so she figured — why not go out in style?

Riverland libero Mercedes Miklya holds back as the ball heads out of bounds on a serve in game two Wednesday night against Western Wisconsin Tech at Riverland. - Eric Johnson/

Loverink, a sophomore from Medford, hammered home 23 kills and 22 digs in a 25-16, 20-25, 25-15, 25-18 season-ending win over Western Wisconsin Tech in Riverland Gym.

The Blue Devils (7-15 overall) bounced back to a 6-0 lead in the third game after dropping game two.

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“I don’t think we were discouraged after the second game,” said Loverink, who had two kills in the 6-0 run. “We were in it tonight and we wanted to go out with a win.”

A couple of other sophomores stepped up in their last game for RCC, Mercedes Miklya had 15 digs and Kristin Vesel had 33 set assists.

As for Loverink, she hopes to continue her volleyball career at a four-year school next season.

“I’m going to miss playing here and I”ll my miss my coach (Helen Jahr),” Loverink said. “She did a great job.”

RCC stats: Stephanie Loverink, 23 kills, 22 digs, 2 aces; Kristin Vesel, 33 set assists, 2 aces; Robin Ajres, 13 kills; Mercedes Miklya, 15 digs; Jessica Reuvers, 4 ace blocks

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