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Roncalli makes adjustments to fuel five-set win over Webster

Aberdeen Roncalli’s Madelyn Bragg, center, reaches to hit the ball as Hamlin’s Ally Abraham, left and Kami Wadsworth, right, defend the net during a match at the Roncalli High School gym last week. Bragg had 27 kills to lead Roncalli to a five-set win over Webster Thursday night. Photo by John Davis taken 9/14/2021

WEBSTER – Aberdeen Roncalli adjusted to a different lineup and found a way to finish off a 25-17, 24-26, 25-16, 23-25, 15-9 Northeast Conference volleyball win over Webster Thursday night.

The two squads traded set victories with the Cavaliers eventually claiming set five.

“The match was back and forth all evening. Webster was very scrappy picking up several of our attempts,” said Roncalli coach Mandy Smid. “Our girls did a nice job of really working together in figuring out how to extend some rotations to make sure that we had the energy we needed to finish the sets.”

Madelyn Bragg had a huge night for the Cavaliers, finishing with 29 kills, three ace serves, 37 digs and a pair of blocks in the victory.

Olivia Hanson also played a key for Roncalli with a team-leading six aces to go along with 43 set assists.

Maddie Huber added six kills for the Cavaliers, who finished with 45 kills in all.

“With a different lineup and people playing new positions, I think the girls did a great job of covering for each other and figuring out how to make the most out of each position they were placed in,” Smid said. “They kept their heads up and were able to finish.”

Roncalli, 8-4 on the season, plays host to Warner on Tuesday night.

Webster stats not available

Serving: Aberdeen Roncalli 97-116 13 aces (Olivia Hanson 23-27 6 aces, Madelyn Bragg 17-21 3 aces).

Hitting: Aberdeen Roncalli 155-181 45 kills (Bragg 76-87 29 kills, Maddie Huber 16-17 6 kills).

Setting: Aberdeen Roncalli 43 assists (O. Hanson 43 assists).

Digs: Aberdeen Roncalli 195 (Hayley Schmidt 40, Bragg 37).

Blocks: Aberdeen Roncalli 1 solo 6 assists (Bragg 1 solo 1 assist, Ava Hanson 2 assists, Huber 2 assists).

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