St. Mary’s volleyball season is now over after a straight set loss to BOLD on Oct. 24.
The Knights entered the Section 2A playoff game in Olivia with a seven game winning streak. Despite the 0-3 loss, St. Mary’s gave the Warriors a run for their money.
The first set turned out to be the closest and most intense set of the night. BOLD took the lead at 5-4 but the Knights kept the score within one or two points. At 15-13, the Warriors scored three in a row which gave them a 18-13 lead. However, the Knights scored three in a row of their own at 19-15, after a couple of kills by Becca Schmitz and Deonna Brinkman. St. Mary’s finally took the lead at 21-20 from a spike by Schmitz. But BOLD was determined. After a 25-25 tie, the Warriors won the final two points to take it 27-25.
The Knights were unable to capitalize on a hopeful second set. After a 6-1 lead turned into a 17-10 lead, it was looking as if St. Mary’s would easily take the set. But BOLD stepped up their game and won five in a row after taking advantage of a few critical errors made by the Knights. The momentum switch was too much for St. Mary’s to handle as the Warriors took the lead late in the set and won it 25-22.
“We had a hard time finishing it,” Knights Coach Jen Walter said. “It’s kind of been our tough thing all year.”
BOLD’s second set momentum carried over in the third set. After a 11-11 tie, the Warriors took the lead and never looked back. BOLD’s solid execution with their hitting along with its powerful spiking overwhelmed the Knights as the Warriors won 25-18.
Schmitz led St. Mary’s with 14 kills while Haley Neid led in digs with 10. Finally, Bethany Berkner ended her high school career with 1,142 set assists after adding 24 against BOLD.
The Knights end their season with a winning record of 15-13. Walter said she is proud of how well her team did this year, especially the six seniors.
“Just a great group of seniors,” Walter said. “They ended it on the floor together.”