Entries for month: August 2011

Masberg of Riverland gets player of week

Cassie Masberg of the Riverland Lady Blue Devils volleyball team was nominated as the All-Around Player of the Week by the Minnesota College Athletic Conference.

The honors came for Masberg after a strong performance in the season opening 3-0 loss to Dakota County Technical College last Friday.

Masberg was the key player for the Blue Devils in the close loss to DCTC. Masberg averaged four kills per game and also excelled on defense with 18 digs on the night. The sophomore outside hitter for the Lady Devils is a graduate of Waterville-Elysian-Morristown High School.

In their opener last week, the Lady Devils played competitively but lost by scores of 25-20, 26-24, and 25-19 in the MCAC, South Division match.

"The girls are very talented and show there are great things to come for the team," Riverland coach Sara Heim said. "The strength was the ability of the girls to adjusting their offensive positions and style of defense on a moment's notice."

Statistically for the Lady Devils in the road match: Masberg 12 kills, 18 digs; Robin Arjes 9 kills, 5 blocks; Brittney Dahl 23 set assists; and Brooke Coughlin 13 digs.

"We also had our first annual alumni match on Saturday and nine alumni showed up to play with many more in attendance," Heim said. "It was another fun match for the girls to work on their fast offense."

Riverland (0-1) travels tonight to La Crosse for a match against Western Wisconsin Technical College.


Congratulations for getting nominated as the All-Around Player of the Week by the Minnesota college Athletic conference.

Congratulations for getting nominated as the All-Around Player of the Week by the Minnesota college Athletic conference.

Cassie was the key player for the Blue Devils in a hard fought 2-1 loss to Dakota county.  Masberg averaged 4 kills/game and also excelled on defense with 18 digs (6.0/game).  The sophomore OH is a graduate of WEM High school.


Riverland Blue Devils definitely left their mark as all 7 players are holding a conference statistic-season record.



Riverland gets a new volleyball coach

The Riverland Community College volleyball head coach has some catching up to do. But she’s not sweating it.

Sara Heim, who comes to the Blue Devils after graduating from Ripon College in Wisconsin in 2010 and assisting at Rochester Community and Technical College last season, doesn’t know any of her players yet or have any incoming recruits, but she’s ready to get started.

“I’m very excited. It’s been my goal as long as I can remember to be a college coach,” Heim said. “I’m fairly young, which a lot of people look at as being a kind of weakness, but I have a lot of energy and I like challenges. I’ll be able to relate to (my players) and know where they’re coming from. Also by role modeling and being there for them, I will help build a trust with them.”

Heim played libero at Ripon, where she was the all-time digs leader in school history. She played high school volleyball at Wabasha/Kellogg, which won a Class ‘A’ state title this past fall.

At RCTC, Heim was the co-defensive and conditioning coach for a program that is usually very successful.

“Having great coaches and competing at a high level as an athlete, I hope I can put those together and be the best coach I can be to really help the girls succeed,” Heim said.

Heim is also very familiar with RCTC’s head coach Carolyn Bell, who has a five-year record of 79-17. Besides coaching with her, Heim played for Bell in a summer league when she was in high school.

Now she’ll be on the opposite bench when RCC takes on the Yellowjackets and she’s hoping to have a solid debut season.

“I’m looking forward continuing the success here at Riverland,” Heim said. “Communication is key and people need to be on the same page. We’ll have strong, intense practices so we can stay at our peak level and we need to set the bar that we’re not settling for anything.”

Before the season starts, Heim is also looking to add a few athletes to her squad. Any potential volleyball players at Riverland are encouraged to contact Heim at by e-mail at sarah.heim@riverland.edu.

The Blue Devils open their season Aug. 26 at Dakota County and they start practice Aug. 15. Their home opener is Sept. 3 against Ridgewater at 1 p.m.

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