The Sleepy Eye Indians volleyball squad played their second home match of the opening week last Thursday evening against the Knights of Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley. After an intense, four game battle full of volleys, key digs, heavy spikes and multiple lead changes, the Indians improved their record to 2-0 on the season.
Sleepy Eye came out strong in game one taking a quick 4-2 lead, before allowing Martin Luther back into things a couple possessions later, as they tied things up at 5-5, and then took the lead by one.
From then on, however, it was all Indians. Samantha Krebsbach served up five points, putting the Indians up 9-6. Add to that a few more three and four-point runs and 12 more ML/G-H points, and Sleepy Eye came out the victors by a score of 25-17.
Game two was an epic battle to the finish, but was taken by the Knights after the teams traded points at the end, forcing things into. They jumped out to a 0-5 lead very quickly. SEPS managed to knot things up at the 12 point mark when Tia Cselovski snuck a short tip past the Knights defenders. This was the turning point in the game, as the teams traded volleys, blocks and points with neither side seeing a more than two-point lead. Game two eventually ended in a 28-26 victory for the Knights, as the Indians were unable to make the save on a dig that was headed out of bounds.
The final two games of the match were much the same as the previous two. Neither team was able to pull ahead much more than two or three points on the opponent, with Sleey Eye holding the lead for much of both, never dropping on the down side of the score by more than three points. The Indians won the third game, 25-22 and the fourth, 25-23.
The next match for the Indians is Thursday, August 6th, in a conference matchup at Springfield.
Overall record: 2-0
Kill leaders: Claire Krumbach-16, Sam Krebsbach-11, Emily Curtis -5
Assist leader: Miranda McMullen-28
Serving leader: Karrah Remus-5 aces
Blocking leaders: Sam Krebsbach-7, Claire Krumbach-5
Dig leaders: Claire Krumbach-12, Samantha Villanueva-6, Karrah Remus-5