On Saturday, the Golden Rams faced two of the toughest teams they've seen all season. Their first match on Saturday was against the #15 ranked Loggers of Lincoln Land Community College. Anoka-Ramsey fought hard in the first set and had trouble passing the volleyball in the second set as they lost 22-25, 13-25. The Golden Rams played their final match of the tournament against #22 ranked Kankakee Community College and lost another close one, 23-25, 22-25.
After playing phenomenal throughout the tournament, Jordan Noska, a 5'9 middle hitter for the Golden Rams, was named to the All-Tournament Team.
"All we've been hearing from coaches and spectators so far this season is how well we play considering we only have six players, but it doesn't mean much to us unless we win. Our players and coaching staff have had to deal with a great deal of adversity with the loss of key players throughout the season, but we are still determined to reach our goal of going to the NJCAA DIII Tournament," said Rongere after the tournament this past weekend.
It will be an uphill battle for the Golden Rams the remainder of their season, but they have the talent and mental toughness to challenge other teams in the MCAC Southern Division and potential to reach their goal.
The Golden Rams are currently 1-2 in the MCAC Southern Division and 11-10 overall. They are lead by 2007 NJCAA All-American, Jordan Noska, who is at the top of the NJCAA DIII leader board with 4.24 kills per game. Anoka-Ramsey will play their next match at #8-ranked Ridgewater Community College on Wednesday, Sept. 17. Their next home match is on Friday, Sept. 19, against St. Thomas University's JV at 4:30 p.m. and Northwestern College's JV at 6:30 p.m.