The Knights are now 6-7 on the season after their past three volleyball games.

The Knights are now 6-7 on the season after their past three volleyball games.

On Sept. 17, St. Mary’s was on the road as it took on Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop. Both teams came out determined to win the first set. It was a back and forth battle, as the Knights controlled the ball almost 46 percent of the time while the Thunderbirds had it 52 percent of the time. GFW pulled away in the final stretch and won the first set 25-22.

St. Mary’s made the second set win look easy. Becca Schmitz and Deonna Brinkman combined for 10 kills to take control of the set. The Knights won it 25-16.

The third set was another nail-biter. This time is was Haley Neid who saved the team several points by recording 10 digs. The team had a total of 31 digs in the set. St. Mary’s strong defense led them to a 25-23 victory in the third.

But GFW responded in the fourth, and showed great serving and ball placement. The Knights made several unforced errors which cost them the 21-25 loss in the fourth set.

It all came down to the fifth and final set. St. Mary’s had minimal errors this time, but so did the Thunderbirds. GFW was a little more consistent and was able to pull away with a 16-14 fifth set victory to take the game.

Schmitz had a total of 19 kills on the night while Brinkman recorded 12 of her own as well as four aces. Neid led the team on defense with 34 digs while Andrea Schwartz had 25 and Bethany Berkner had 19. Berkner also had 35 assists and four aces.

On Sept. 19, the Knights were on the road again, this time against Buffalo Lake-Hector. The Mustangs won in dominant fashion, not giving up a single set to St. Mary’s.

The Knights didn’t have nearly as many offensive points won this time because of the solid defense by BLH. Brinkman and Schmitz were able to record four kills apiece in the second set, but St. Mary’s lost the game 21-25, 19-25, 18-25. Brinkman had a total of eight kills on the night while Schmitz had 13 and Nikki Carr had four. Berkner led in assists with 31. Neid had 20 total digs while Schwartz had 13 and Carr had 10.

On Sept. 24, the Knights were back home as they hosted Springfield.

The Tigers got an early lead in the first set and was able to control and place the ball around the court well. They also won a few points by making good blocks. The Knights were down 10-18 and were get some momentum late in the set, but fell 15-25.

The second set was a battle for both teams, as the score was tied a couple of times early on. But Springfield took advantage of a few errors made by St. Mary’s and had another three-to-four point steady lead throughout. The Knights scored three points in a row and got the score to 20-21, but made a couple more costly errors which resulted in the 22-25 loss.

The third and final set was no different. St. Mary’s got to a rough start, while the Tigers continued to hit the ball well offensively and won it 25-14.

Schmitz and Brinkman combined for 13 kills, while Schwartz recorded 12 digs and Carr had 12 digs of her own. Berkner led in assists with 21.

Knights Coach Jen Walter said the loss to Springfield was unfortunate, as she believed they were favored to win.

“We didn’t look like a team tonight,” Walter said.