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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch
  • Crusaders dominate Indians

  • It was a quick three sets on Sept. 2 in Sleepy Eye as the powerful team of Mankato Loyola defeated the Indians volleyball team in straight sets.
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    It was a quick three sets on Sept. 2 in Sleepy Eye as the powerful team of Mankato Loyola defeated the Indians volleyball team in straight sets.
     
    The Crusaders showed how dominant of a team they are right off the bat as they won the first set in a 25-6 slaughter. Mankato used its consistent setter and its tall front line to its full potential with deadly spiking. Meanwhile, Sleepy Eye couldn’t get any momentum going as inconsistency and errors came into play.
     
    “It was just a breakdown of passing. We gave them probably 15 ace serves, you can’t win a game doing that,” Coach Nicole Jensen said. “We showed our inexperience a little bit there.”
     
    Despite the tough first set, the Indians managed to turn things around in the second. Sleepy Eye covered the floor better and forced Mankato to commit a few mistakes as the Indians hit and passed well. However, the Crusaders were determined not to tie the game up 1-1, as they battled back and easily took the lead. After a few close points, Mankato went on to win the set 25-22.
     
    In the third, Sleepy Eye went up 5-2 before the Crusaders picked themselves up again and tied the set at six. Solid serving from senior Stephanie Trevino gave the Indians a couple points but Mankato began to pull away. The Crusaders communicated well while Sleepy Eye remained sluggish. After a 18-10 lead for Mankato, the Indians won four points in a row to grab some much-needed momentum, but the Crusaders closed it out strong and went on to win 25-18.
     
    Josie Schieffert led the Indians offensively, recording seven kills and had two blocks. Senior Jamie Wells and freshman Mckenzie Cselovszki added three kills apiece. Senior Justine Gonzalez led in set assists with 14, and in aces with four. Alicia Ibarra led in digs with four.
     
    Sleepy Eye will play host to an invitational on Saturday, where a total of eight different teams will compete.

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