Rangers defeat Sturgis, Jones County

Leslie Silverman
The 10-5  Hill City Rangers Girls Volleyball team finally come home for a Tuesday game after a long stretch on the road. The Rangers faced off against Lead-Deadwood last night. Results were not available before press time.
Head coach Allie Henderson is thrilled with how her team is playing. 
“I am happy with how the girls played. It can be difficult to play to your level at all times but they had some really great moments and took advantage of the leads to try some new things out,” she said.
The girls have an unusual schedule this year with very few home games on the schedule. 
“We try not to depend on the crowd to keep the energy up. That’s up to our team. But it is nice to have friends and family there in the stands supporting who's on the floor,” she said. “There is also a comfortability playing on the court that you know and are familiar with.”
Last week the Rangers traveled to Sturgis and defeated the Scoopers in four sets, 20-25, 25-15, 25-13, 25-17 and Saturday had no trouble defeating Jones County in a three-set sweep 25-14, 25-15, 25-13.
Henderson says one of the toughest parts about not playing at home involves the girls’ individual schedules.
“The hardest part about traveling is the physical recovery and time management,” she said. “A lot of the volleyball players are stellar students who are also involved in other extra curriculars. It can be rigorous and challenging but it makes them so much more well rounded and prepared for any challenge they face.”
The Thursdat match this week is on the road against Newell. The Irrigators are 9-4 on the season.
“I think if we play to our potential against Newell this week we shouldn’t have anything to worry about, but I’m always looking forward to any challenge that we may face,” Henderson said.

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