Zach Stich | Daily Journal

Digging it: Hillcrest volleyball player Olivia Stanton digs out a ball during the Comets game against the Pelican Rapids Viking Thursday.

In a venue change, the visiting Pelican Rapids volleyball team swept through the hosting Hillcrest Comets 25-14, 25-14, 25-9 Thursday.

The game was moved to Kennedy Secondary School due to an issue with the Hillcrest gymnasium. While the Comets may have been the hosts on paper, the Vikings made themselves at home as they got their hitters going on the way to a non-conference win.

“We had a little trouble utilizing all the free ball opportunities to get more hitters in the offense by not getting that free ball consistently to the net,” Vikings head coach Heidi Isaman said. “We hit the ball pretty well when we had the opportunity and still need to work harder to get more offensive opportunities.”

Great Tollefson led the Vikings in kills with seven, while teammates Riley Berg and Kelsey Isaman had good nights from the service line as each recorded four aces.

“It’s good to finally play your first game of the season and see what’s working and what’s not working,” Comets head coach Debi Foss said. “While we definitely had our struggles and lots of first-game jitters, there were some moments when things clicked. We have younger players who are getting their first varsity minutes and others playing new positions so I’m working to find the right decisions and what is right for the team.”

Mackenzie Foss led the Comets on defense with 19 digs, while teammate Amanda Dekok recorded two blocks in the game.

Coach Foss wanted to thank the Fergus Falls High School for the use of their gym while repairs are underway at the Comets’ gymnasium.

The Comets will look for improvement as they travel to take on Park Christian at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.


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