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Volleyball: Wingers fall to 0-3

Red Wing volleyball traveled to Faribault on Tuesday as both teams looked to collect their first win of the season. The Wingers showed some fight early, but inconsistencies on offense and on serve-receive doomed Red Wing in a 25-19, 25-12, 25-14 loss to the Falcons.

As a team, Wingers’ head coach Heidi Ulwelling said the team finished with five kills. And once Red Wing dropped the first set, it was hard for the team to get out of that funk.

“We just fell six points shy,” Ulwelling said. “We had them down by five or six points and just couldn’t close. Then we started making mistakes towards the end of the match.”

Libero Maria Furlong patrolled the back row for Red Wing, finishing with a team-high six digs. Two new players – Madeline Sonju and Kianna Stewart – saw their first varsity action in Tuesday’s loss.

Ulwelling said there was some promising signs in a fiery first set that saw the Wingers take a lead. Ultimately, the team’s youth and inexperience once again played a factor.

“Faribault was a fairly young team as well. … At one time on the floor, the only junior for both teams was our libero,” Ulwelling said. “They are still progressing. The defensive play was the highlight of the night. The girls are starting to read a lot better and pick up balls that we haven’t been picking up.

“It was a new night and a new set of problems,” Ulwelling added. “As I tackle those problems, because we’re so young, we know what to work on tomorrow.”

Red Wing (0-3) opens Missota Conference play Thursday on the road against Shakopee. 

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