The Sleepy Eye volleyball team ended its regular season with losses to GFW, BLHS, and New Ulm Cathedral.
On Oct. 8, Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop hosted the Indians where the Thunderbirds won 25-12, 25-22, 20-25, 25-14. GFW set the tone of the game in the first set with a big lead and didn’t let up. The Thunderbirds were hitting and defending well while Sleepy Eye was always on its back feet. The Indians finally calmed down in the third set however, as they were able to take control of the set with solid serves and safe hitting. But all hope was gone in the fourth and final set as GFW’s powerful offense gave it the momentum that carried the team quickly through the set.
Seniors Claire Krumbach and Karrah Remus led the Indians in kills with 15 and nine, respectfully. Krumbach also recorded four aces on the night. Junior Justine Gonzalez had three aces and six assists, while senior Miranda McMullen had 13 assists herself.
On Oct. 10, Sleepy Eye was at home against Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart. The Indians came out with energy as they took a 3-0 lead in the first set. After multiple ties, Sleepy Eye took the lead at 12-11 and looked to close the game out. But after a few unforced errors were made, the Indians had to fight hard just to keep the score tied, which they did as the score was brought to 24-24. The Mustangs were barely able to close the set out with their strong hitting and won 26-24.
The second set was a lot different as BLHS took an early lead and was executing in all aspects. Sleepy Eye seemed to only be defending as the Mustangs spiked the ball down hard every chance they could. With BLHS ahead at 19-9, the Indians scored a few points in a row which gave them some hope but it wasn’t enough as the Mustangs won it 25-18.
The third set was similar to the second. BLHS took a 9-1 lead to start it and ended it with a score of 25-17. The Indians hit the ball well on offense in the third but the Mustangs defense was too powerful as they had solid blocks and digs to keep them ahead. Sleepy Eye made eight attacking errors and 12 dig errors in the third set alone.
Krumbach led the Indians with 10 kills and three blocks, while sophomore Josie Schieffert had nine kills. Gonzalez led in assists with 11.
On Oct. 14, Sleepy Eye played its last game of the regular season at New Ulm Cathedral. The first set was exciting, as the Indians took an early lead but a momentum switch took place and the Greyhounds scored several points in a row and had a significant lead of their own. Sleepy Eye scored a few more points to keep it close, but New Ulm pulled away with the 25-21 win.
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The second set was much of the same story, only it was the Indians who came out ahead. Sleepy Eye took advantage of a few errors made by the Greyhounds and won the set 25-22.
Fans witnessed 10 different tied scores in the third set as both teams battled their hearts out to get the lead advantage. But once again, the Indians fell in the crucial late points and lost it 22-25. Sleepy Eye fell apart in the fourth set and only scraped up eight points while the Greyhounds cruised to an easy set win.
Schieffert led in kills with 12 while Krumbach had nine, and three aces as well. Gonzalez and McMullen combined for 31 assists.
The Indians enter the postseason with a record of 5-15 and will play against the high seed in the opening round of playoffs starting Oct. 21.