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Rams top FHN in district opener

By Jeannie Gregory, 10/30/18, 8:30PM EDT

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Madelyn Long prepares to bump a ball in the back row. ~ Photo by "Papa" Razzi Sports Photography

By Jeannie Gregory

GRAND RAPIDS – The Rams varsity volleyball team travelled, Monday, Oct. 29, and took on Forest Hills Northern in the first round of MHSAA D1 District 12 action. The Rams mowed down their opponent in three sets. Rockford dominated in the first set in quick order, winning 25-14. The second set was a different matter, as the game even went an extra point in order for the Rams to claim the 26-24 victory. Rockford found their legs and rhythm in the third, topping FHN by a score of 25-22.

Leading the Rams at the net were three seniors. Lindsay Taylor tallied 18 kills, l ace, 1 block and 11 digs, Emmy Webb had 12 kills, 1 ace, 1 block and 7 digs, and Alyssa Judge registered 5 kills and 6 digs. Senior setter Emilee Karelse also had a big night, tallying 33 assists, 2 aces, and 5 digs. Madelyn Long led the team on defense, recording an impressive 14 digs, and notching 3 aces.

The Rams will continue with district action in Lowell, Tuesday, Oct. 30, when they face off against Greenville for the semifinals. The match begins at 5:30 p.m. Lowell will take on Northview in the second semifinal of the evening at approximately 7 p.m. The finals are scheduled in Lowell for Thursday, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m., with the district winner moving on to play in the MHSAA D1 Regional 3.


Ram setter Emilee Karelse sets Megan Witte at the net for a kill against FHN. - Photo by "Papa" Razzi Sports Photography


Senior Emily Webb goes up for a kill. Photo by "Papa" Razzi Sports Photography


Lindsay Taylor shines in net play. Photo by "Papa" Razzi Sports Photography


Alyssa Judge goes up for a serve in district action. Photo by "Papa" Razzi Sports Photography