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Open spaces: Rockets volleyballer Brooke Hovland waits to see where Hillcrest’s Hill Olivia Stanton is going to place the ball during Tuesday’s game in Underwood.

UNDERWOOD —In a showdown between Little Eight Conference rivals, the hosting Underwood volleyball team would get the upper hand as the Rockets defeated the Hillcrest Comets in four sets (25-13, 21-25, 25-13, 25-16) Tuesday.

The night was doubling special for the Rockets as head coach Diane Ross celebrated her 700th career victory.

“Whenever you reach a milestone it gives you a chance to reflect back on the people that contributed to it and appreciated them and the assistants, since they have been here for a long time,” Ross said of the milestone. “That is what makes it special.”

Brooke Hovland led the Rockets on the attack with 17 kills, while teammate Ally Johnson chipped in nine of her own.

“We started the match playing very well as Kayla Rocholl got us off to a good start serving six straight points. We had good rhythm on our offense as Reese Richards as Shaynah Smith were connecting well.

“Brianna Evavold and Amber Frigaard play very well defensively,” Ross added.

“We had a slow start tonight and Underwood came at us with a very strong offense. The girls pulled together in the 2nd set and played very well as a team. The third set for us had too many unforced errors which gave the Rockets the upper hand. We had our moments in the fourth set but we just couldn’t put together enough consistency when we needed it.

“Congratulations to Coach Ross who reached yet another milestone in her coaching career,” Foss added.

The Comets recorded 78 digs in the match with Mackenzie Foss tallying 34 and Maria Ruud with 16.

“While the high number of digs shows our scrappiness it also meant we played a lot of defense and once again didn’t put up enough offensive numbers,” coach Foss said.

The Comets will now travel to take on another LEC foe in Rothsay at 7:15 p.m. Thursday. The Rockets will travel to take on LEC opponent Brandon-Evansville at 7:15 p.m. Thursday.


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