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Raider spikers stretch streak to six

Hudson seniors Erin Christiansen (11) and Katie Cardell (10) team up to block a shot by Baldwin-Woodville's Ali Lokker in the first set of the Raider volleyball team's 3-0 win over the Blackhawks Tuesday, Sept. 12, in Hudson. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 2
Hudson sophomore Sara Hoffman goes up for one of her team-high 14 kills in the Raider volleyball team's 3-0 win over Baldwin-Woodville Tuesday, Sept. 12, in Hudson. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 2

After playing five matches in three days the week before, the Raider volleyball team took the court just once last week but came away with a three-set victory over Baldwin-Woodville Tuesday, Sept. 12, for their sixth straight win of the season.

The victory moved the Raiders' record to 13-7 on the season. They will have a full ten days off before returning to action this Thursday, Sept. 21, at home against Menomonie.

Hudson started slowly in all three sets last week against Baldwin-Woodville before sweeping the Blackhawks by scores of 25-18, 25-22, 25-16.

"We had a number of unforced errors at the beginning of each set, but the girls had confidence in themselves and they came back each time to win the sets," head coach Dennis Saathoff said. "The closer we got to the end of each set the intensity level got better and we scored runs of points. We served well as evidenced by the strong ace-to-error ratio and we only committed three service reception errors for the match."

The Raiders recorded 15 service aces and just four service errors all night. Kaitlyn Zignego drilled a team-high six aces while Julia Bennett and Katie Cardell scored three each.

Sara Hoffman led the Raiders with 14 kills and Cardell and Erin Christiansen had six each while Shay Wassman added three. Olivia Goulette came up with 14 digs to lead the defense while Hoffman and Ariana Zins had six each.

Hudson will take a 1-1 Big Rivers Conference record into its match with Menomonie (0-3) Thursday, Sept. 21. They will travel to Maple Saturday, Sept. 23, where they will try and defend their 2016 title at the Northwestern Zozel Invitational.

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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