The Sleepy Eye Indians struggled to win during Saturday’s volleyball tournament as they lost all three games in straight sets.
The first game of the day for the Indians was against Redwood Valley, who went 4-1 at the tournament. Redwood easily took the first set 25-14, and Sleepy Eye battled it out in the second set, but still fell short and lost 19-25.
The Indians then took on Madelia, where they lost both sets 16-25. The girls got one more chance to redeem themselves, as they took on Mt. Lake. The first set was a close one, but Sleepy Eye lost it by three points, 22-25. The Indians must have used up their remaining energy in the first set, as they lost 18-25 in the second.
Sophomore Josie Schieffert and senior Claire Krumbach had eight kills apiece to lead Sleepy Eye’s offense on the day. Junior Jamie Wells had seven kills of her own, and also led in aces with four and digs with seven. Meanwhile, senior Miranda McMullen and junior Justine Gonzalez combined for 29 set assists on the day.
On Sept. 5, the Indians hosted Springfield where the Tigers won in a five set thriller.
Sleepy Eye was sloppy at the beginning of the first set, as the Tigers got the early lead by showing good communication and solid serving. But the Indians seemed to warm up as they rallied back and won five points in a row when they were down 17-24 which brought it to 22-24. But Springfield was too smart to let its early lead go to waste and they finished the set in the next point and won it 25-22.
Schieffert led the Indians to a good start in the second set with great serving. Sleepy Eye was dominant with their passing, spiking, and blocking game this set and had the lead by an average of four points throughout. The Tigers were able to bring the score to 21-23 toward the end, but failed to score any more as the Indians pulled away with a 25-21 victory.
It was a different story in the third set, as both teams took the lead multiple times. After a long, hard-fought rally at 14-15, Sleepy Eye was able to get the point to tie it 15-15 and used the momentum to pull away and win it 25-18.
It was Springfield’s turn to take the dominant set, as it managed to take an early lead in the fourth set and was able to hold on 25-18. The fifth and final set came down to who would make less errors, which the Tigers were able to do. The Indians fought hard to get back into the set, but fell short and lost 12-15.
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Leaders include Krumbach, who led Sleepy Eye with eight kills and five digs. Schieffert had seven kills, two aces and three blocks, while Wells had four kills, three blocks and 14 digs. Finally, Gonzales and McMullen combined for 26 set assists and senior Hanna Sellner had four kills, four aces and eight digs.