The St. Mary’s Knights invited the MVL Chargers to the gates of their castle on Thursday, Sept. 7—only to send them back defeated.

The St. Mary’s Knights invited the MVL Chargers to the gates of their castle on Thursday, Sept. 7—only to send them back defeated.

St. Mary’s 3

MVL 0

(25-17, 25-22, 25-15)

The Knights had their vengeance on Thursday, having lost to MVL the week prior in a four set game. You could see it in the girls’ eyes as they came into the game with intensity and ran away with the score early in the first set. The Chargers struggled with some errors that cost them the opportunity to recover.

The kill count was low for the Knights in the first set but on defense Kelsie Kosak and Sarah Reinarts each got seven digs, buying their team room to score and pull ahead.

In the second set, the Chargers found some fight and put the Knights on notice, but in the end the local girls pushed back for a three-point win.

The third set was all Knights with Ali Beltz smacking seven kills over the net; she went on to get 13 total. Jody Hansen put up 24 set assists in the game. Dani Weiss stayed low for 21 digs on defense.

“It was reassuring,” said Knight Cassie Heinrichs. “Knowing that we can beat them really helped our confidence.”

Sleepy Eye

Invitational

The Knights marched across town on Saturday to compete in the Sleepy Eye Invitational. They won all three pool play games that were played to the best of two.

St. Mary’s 2

Madelia 1

(21-25, 25-18, 15-12)

Madelia earned the top spot in their pool and took on number one seed St. Mary’s in game one of the playoffs. After losing the first set, the Knights regrouped and came back for a two set win.

Championship

Redwood Valley 2

St. Mary’s 0

(25-17, 25-19)

The Knights moved on to championship play but lost in two to the Redwood Valley Cardinals. “I'm really proud of how the girls played today,” said coach Jen Walter. “Our goal was to be in that championship game at the end of the day and although we came up short, we are proud of a second place finish. We hope to keep improving each night out on the court.”

St. Mary’s 3

Nicollet 0

(25-19, 25-21, 25-21)

On Tuesday, Sept. 5, the Knights marched to Nicollet and put an end to Raider activity.

The Knights ended the first set quickly with a 25-19 finish. In the second set minor errors gave the Raiders a few windows to close the deficit, but they were still no match for the Knights’ offense.

By the third set, the Raiders had picked up the intensity of their play, but it was too late and the Knights owned the court.

Beltz continued to shine for her team with 12 kills, 18 digs and three blocks. Hansen got another 34 set assists as well as 11 digs. Weiss led the defense with 36 digs.

The Knights will challenge the New Ulm Cathedral Greyhounds on their court at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14.