The St. Mary’s volleyball team swept the Indians in three straight sets on Sept. 26 for the second crosstown volleyball game this season.
St. Mary’s came out strong in the first set with solid ball placement and was able to take an early 4-1 lead. Sleepy Eye struggled to get things going and was down by three-to-four points throughout the set. The Indians were able to bring the score to 18-19 after a string of points, but fell 19-25 in the first set.
The second set was a close one. St. Mary’s once again got the crucial early lead and was ahead 6-1. But after a series of solid serves made by Sleepy Eye Public, the Indians tied the score up at 9-9. After another tie at 13-13, the Knights slowly pulled ahead by one or two points for the remainder of the set. Both teams committed numerous spiking errors, but St. Mary’s came out on top with a 25-20 second set victory.
The third set was even closer. After five points in a row were won by the Knights to start the set, senior Claire Krumbach unleashed some solid kills and the Indians fought back. St. Mary’s seemed to have slowed down a bit, which Sleepy Eye Public took advantage of and brought the score to 22-21. The Indians had a good chance to tie it at 22-22 after a kill attempt by a Knight looked to soar way out of play, but an Indian regrettedly hit it at the last second which led to the 25-22 third set final score.
Senior Deonna Brinkman led St. Mary’s offense with numerous kills. She said it was nice to get a win after losing three games in a row.
“It feels good, especially during homecoming week,” Brinkman said. “We had those losses in a row and we needed to get back on track.”
Meanwhile, Krumbach had 10 kills on the night while Jamie Wells had five kills and three blocks to lead Sleepy Eye. Karrah Remus recorded five kills of her own. Indians coach Nicole Jensen said her team needs to be more consistent and make less errors.
“We would catch up, but we would then make two or three errors. We were hurting ourselves,” Jensen said.” We didn’t play consistent volleyball from start to finish.”