The Sleepy Eye volleyball team hosted the non-conference team of Lester Prairie on Oct. 7 where the Indians won 3-1 in four close sets.
The Indians were full of energy to start the first set. Sleepy Eye took a 5-1 lead before the Bulldogs came back and tied it 6-6. After several more back-and-forth points and a 12-12 tie, the Indians finally pulled away and held a four-to-five point lead and won it 25-18. The Indians were a lot more communicative as a team compared to Lester Prairie, which helped them earn point after point.
The second set was the most exciting. The Bulldogs seemed to get more into the game, as they started to hit and defend in a more effective way. However, the momentum was still on Sleepy Eye’s side, as the Indians won seven points in a row halfway through the set and took a 16-8 lead. Most of those seven points came from Claire Krumbach’s powerful serve. But Lester Prairie also won multiple points in a row and was able to tie it again, this time at 19-19. The Indians had the chance to win at 24-23, but Krumbach hit the ball too wide on the point. In the end, the Bulldogs barely squeaked away with a 28-26 victory.
Both teams played aggressively throughout the third set, as another back-and-forth battle took place. Sleepy Eye made sure not to make as many mistakes while Lester Prairie held its own. But the Indians continued to execute and not let the pressure get to them as they took the third set 25-23.
The Bulldogs slowed down drastically in the fourth set, while Sleepy Eye kept its momentum up to avoid a deciding fifth set. More aces and kills by Krumbach led the Indians to a 25-18 fourth set win.
Krumbach had 14 total kills and nine aces to lead the offense. She also recorded four blocks and nine digs. Seniors Karrah Remus and Hanna Sellner helped the offense with five kills apiece, while sophomore Josie Schieffert had five of her own. Miranda McMullen and Justine Gonzalez combined for 29 assists.
Sleepy Eye Public is now 5-12 in the Tomahawk Conference and will have their last home game on Oct. 10 against Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart.