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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • St. Mary's volleyball tops Mountain Lake, Martin Luther

  • The St. Mary’s volleyball team has started its season on a high note after defeating Mountain Lake 3-1 and Martin Luther in straight sets.
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  • The St. Mary’s volleyball team has started its season on a high note after defeating Mountain Lake 3-1 and Martin Luther in straight sets.
     
    On Aug. 25, the Knights were on the road as they took on the Wolverines in a thrilling season opener. St. Mary’s took a close first set, winning 25-23, before falling 14-25 in the second set. However, seniors Tori Anderson and Becca Schmitz stepped up big in the third set, showing solid offense which led to a 25-15 set. Mountain Lake battled back in the fourth set as a back-and-forth lead took place until the Knights finished it 25-23.
     
    Anderson led St. Mary’s with 10 kills and two blocks, while Schmitz also recorded 10 kills. Junior Brianna Bertrand added eight kills in the win. Meanwhile, freshman Jody Hansen showed her potential after recording 20 set assists in the game. Junior Taylor Pelzel recorded 12 set assists and three aces in her varsity debut as well.
     
    “Good first win of the year,” St. Mary’s Coach Jen Walter said. “It was a bit sloppy with girls still getting used to playing with each other and playing different positions. We will be spending some time on serving at practice this week because we did struggle at the service line. I saw some good things from my setters and strong hitters though.”
     
    On Aug. 26, the Knights traveled to Martin Luther where they won 25-23, 25-19, 25-20.
     
    The first set was the closest of the match, but St. Mary’s clutched out the 25-23 win which gave it the momentum needed to win the next two sets. The Knights were led by Schmitz offensively, as she recorded 12 kills and four aces. She also had two blocks. Bertrand added seven kills, five digs and two aces. Meanwhile, Pelzel had 19 assists, three aces and two kills, and Hansen had 13 assists and three kills. Sophomore Anna Lux added four kills on offense.
     
    “Our passers looked better on serve receive which allowed our hitters to get some big kills,” said Walter on the win. “We know we will need to step up our play as we begin to see some conference teams next week.”
     
    St. Mary’s is now 2-0 and will have its first home game on Tuesday against Minnesota Valley Lutheran.
     

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