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Volleyball: Injuries cost Red Wing chance against Holy Angels

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Thanks to a rash of injuries that hit the team this week, Red Wing struggled to get anything going against Academy of Holy Angels on Thursday, falling in straight sets 25-14, 25-9, 25-11.

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Going into the Missota Conference match, the Wingers were already without McKenzie Cota, who is out for for the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury, according to head coach Heidi Ulwelling. Sarah O’Keefe also missed the game with an ankle sprain.

Then against the Stars, libero Maria Furlong went down with a knee injury.

Having to adjust in a hurry, Sydney Book, Red Wing’s best hitter, was moved to setter. In that role, she still managed to lead the team with four kills.

“Sydney took the reigns as setter and did an excellent job stepping into that role,” Ulwelling said.

Taylor Steger finished with four ace serves, and Sara Kelly tallied six digs in her back row debut. Furlong had seven digs prior to her injury.

“We started out very strong,” Ulwelling said, “then midway in the first set, we had a few serve-reception errors and just couldn’t rebound from them. With the injury to Maria, a captain and definite leader of our back court, we lost a chunk of

our communication on the floor and that had an impact on the remainder of the game. I just kept telling the girls to keep their heads up, have some fun and keep playing hard.”

Still in search of its first win, Red Wing (0-12, 0-4 Missota) play in the Hopkins invitational on Saturday. To open pool play, the Wingers will face Hopkins and Elk River.

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