Blue Devils show growth in a loss to Iowa Lakes

Published 8:58 pm Monday, October 4, 2021

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The Riverland Community College volleyball team showed how far it has come as it battled with Division I NJCAA Iowa Lakes Community College in a three-game loss by scores of 25-14, 25-18, 26-24 in Riverland Gym Monday.

The Blue Devils (4-10 overall) nearly took the final game when Austin grad Ava Boverhouis put up a block to tie the match at 24, but RCC’s following serve hit the net and Iowa Lakes (9-22 overall) won the match on a kill by Dania Ponce-Diaz.

“Obviously it stinks that we lost, but we played really well,” said Boverhouis, who had five kills and four blocks. “We were all still smiling and we didn’t get down.”

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Boverhouis is RCC’s third leading attacker with 90 kills. She also leads the team with 32 blocks.

The former Packer has come a long way as her lone varsity experience was a COVID-19 shortened season in 2020. She’s now emerging as an effective player around the net for the Blue Devils.

“Personally, I’ve improved a lot,” Bverhouis said. “I’ve been trying to focus more on getting my steps down and working on things one at a time, instead of all at once.”

RCC led 2-0 early in the second game and the Blue Devils were within 19-16 late. Slowly but surely, RCC is developing into a feisty team that can make life tough for opponents.

“We’re all super close and we spend a lot of time together,” Boverhouis said. “It makes it a lot easier to get along on the court.”

RCC stats: Sydney Taylor, 4 kills; Ava Boverhouis, 5 kills, 4 blocks; Camryn McQuery, 5 kills; Carissa Nelson, 5 kills, 1 block, 2 ace serves; Madisyn Retterath, 18 digs, 2 ace serves; Mallory Evans, 18 digs; Makenna Krause, 19 set assists, 3 kills, 13 digs; Cayli Miles, 6 digs