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Two Raiders honored by BRC

Junior libero Olivia Goulette led the Raiders in digs and service receptions this season and was rewarded by the conference coaches with a spot on the 2017 All-Big Rivers Conference Volleyball Second Team. RiverTown file photos 1 / 2
Senior Julia Bennett earned honorable mention to the 2017 All-Big Rivers Conference Volleyball Team after leading the Raiders most statistical categories this season 2 / 2

Junior libero Olivia Goulette and senior co-captain Julia Bennett have been named to 2017 All-Big Rivers Conference volleyball teams by the conference coaches.

Goulette earned a spot on the All-BRC second team while Bennett received honorable mention. It was the first postseason honors for both players.

"Both players are very well deserving of their selections," Raider head coach Dennis Saathoff said. "There were a large number of very good players in the conference this year so the competition for those spots was very tough and getting selected is a great accomplishment. It was a nice way for Julia to finish her high school career and it gives Olivia something to shoot for again next season."

Goulette was named the Raiders' Defensive Player of the Year after amassing 434 defensive digs and 629 service receptions with less than a 4 percent error rate.

"It is safe to say that she was the anchor for our team defensively," Saathoff noted.

Bennett received the Raider Team award as the player with the highest finish in the most statistical categories. The setter and outside hitter led the team in kills, service aces, set assists and total points scored.

"As you can tell from those stats, she was our most consistent offensive player," Saathoff said.

The Raiders finished the 2017 season 25-13 overall, 4-2 and tied for second place in the BRC.

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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