Richfield volleyball squad seeks consistency

Richfield’s volleyball squad is seeking to improve its consistency after a slow start.

The Spartans have a 1-4 Classic Suburban Conference record and are hoping to add a few more wins in upcoming matches.

Richfield’s lone victory came against South St. Paul Aug. 30. The Spartans earned a 25-18, 25-17 and 25-23 triumph.

Jessica January supplied 17 kills and 16 digs. Hannah Yaglowski had 13 digs.

Emily Christian and Eryn Miles had seven kills each. Christian led the Spartans with 15 set assists.

Henry Sibley defeated Richfield 3-2 Aug. 28. Sibley won 23-25, 15-19, 25-14, 17-25 and 15-11.

Christian came through with 20 set assists.

January had another impressive showing finishing with 27 kills and five digs. Eryn Miles contributed eight kills and eight digs. Yaglowski had nine kills and eight digs.

Richfield dropped a 3-1 decision to Mahtomedi Sept. 6. January had 18 digs and 11 kills. Christian netted 19 kills, 15 set assists and six digs.

Miles and Yaglowski had nine digs apiece.

Richfield lost 3-0 to Tartan Sept. 11. January notched eight kills and 10 digs.

The Spartans were defeated 3-0 by North St. Paul Sept. 13.

Richfield’s digs leaders were Yaglowski (12), January (10) and Christian (7). Christian topped the Spartans with 10 kills and January added nine.

“We need to keep working hard and supporting each other,” said Richfield head volleyball coach Tracie Hofmann. “Consistency is the key.

“We need to increase our consistency and decrease unforced errors.”

Richfield’s starting lineup includes Christian (setter), Rachel Hilzinger (hitter), January (hitter), Miles (hitter), Grace Meierding (hitter) and Yaglowski (hitter).

Spartan non-starters are setter Ania Melby, defensive specialist Melena Alston and hitters Bobbi Biever and Lexi Knudsen.

January and Knudsen are Richfield co-captains.

Richfield’s coaching staff consists of Hofmann, Kari Leif, Emily Floerke and Kim Niederluecke.

“We have a dedicated, hard-working group of girls,” said Hofmann. “Most of them can play a variety of positions which will be an asset come section time.

“The girls hit the weight room hard and have excellent team chemistry on and off the court.

“January will be our go to hitter in the front and back rows. Christian will also play a vital role in our offense as a setter and hitter,” added the Richfield coach.

Richfield is home to play Simley at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20.

The Spartan Invitational tournament is 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. Richfield will compete against Northfield, Bethany Academy and St. Paul Humboldt.