The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch
  • Indians sweep Truman in volleyball season opener

  • It was a successful season opener on Aug. 26 in Sleepy Eye as the Indians volleyball team defeated Truman in straight sets.
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  • Sleepy Eye 3,
    Truman 0
    It was a successful season opener on Aug. 26 in Sleepy Eye as the Indians volleyball team defeated Truman in straight sets.
    Both teams kicked things off in high gear as the first set was a back-and-forth battle. After the first several close points, the Indians pulled ahead 15-8 as the Bluejays made a few errors. However, Sleepy Eye made a couple of mistakes of its own and the score was brought to 20-18. After a couple more errors on both sides, the score was tied at 24. Freshman Maddi Heiderscheidt won the next point on her serve but lost the next point with a serve out of bounds. The final two points were won by the Indians after a kill from junior Josie Schieffert and an error made by Truman as Sleepy Eye won the first set 27-25.
    The second set started just as close as the first, before the Indians once again used their consistency at the net to pull ahead with a 16-11 score. Solid strikes at the front line led Sleepy Eye to more points while the Bluejays couldn’t control their errors and the Indians had a two set lead as they won it 25-19.
    Heiderscheidt started the third set with solid serves which led to six straight points. Truman had a small run of its own and brought the score to 10-8 after a few botched hits from the Indians. After an 11-11 tie, Sleepy Eye quickly pulled ahead, winning seven straight points with freshman Mya Ibberson and Schieffert leading at the net in kills. The Indians executed well in their passing and finished out the set winning 25-15 to take the match.
    Both Schieffert and Ibberson had four kills apiece. Schieffert also recorded two aces. Junior Alicia Ibarra led in digs with three, while senior Justine Gonzalez led in set assists with nine.
    Coach Nicole Jensen said although it was nice to win the first match of the season in straight sets, her team has a few things to work on.
    “We had a lot of errors, I know the girls were a little disappointed with themselves too, but there was a lot of nervous energy and it kind of showed in our playing.”
    Jensen also mentioned the team’s goal this year is to improve.
    “We have a lot of girls that have never played varsity, my returners that played a good amount are Josie, Jamie and Justine and other than that it’s a fresh team.”
    Sleepy Eye moves to 1-0 and will host Martin Luther on Aug. 28.
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