The Northwestern volleyball team travelled to face two conference opponents this week. They went to Hastings on Saturday, Oct. 15, and to Dakota Wesleyan University on Wednesday, Oct. 19.
The Raiders lost to No. 3 ranked Hastings in three straight sets, 25-16, 25-15 and 25-16. This brought the Red Raider’s overall record to 14-15, and their conference record to 6-5. Hastings is now 19-2 overall and 10-1 in the conference.
The Red Raiders hit .110 in this match, their third lowest of the season. Freshman A.J. Horstman had the best percentage with nine kills in 27 attempts followed closely by sophomore Lauryn Hilger who had seven kills in 27 attempts.
Senior Jessa Doom walked away with 21 assists and from the back row senior Jillian Estes led with nine defensive digs.
Hastings hit .296 for this match. The Broncos’ Katie Placke had 13 kills out of 22 attempts with only one error and Sage Meyer 11 kills.
NW had a better result on Wednesday, defeating Dakota Wesleyan 3-2 in five sets.
Horstman had a career best of 30 kills, which tied the school record set by Maggie Freiborg in 2003. Doom also had a career best 68 assists, while Estes had a season best 27 digs on the night.
This evens up the NW record at 15-15. The Raiders will host Mount Marty on Tuesday, Oct. 25.