The St. Mary’s Knights volleyball team hosted the Cedar Mountain/Comfrey Cougars on Thursday, Oct. 12

The St. Mary’s Knights volleyball team hosted the Cedar Mountain/Comfrey Cougars on Thursday, Oct. 12

CMC 3

St. Mary’s 1

(22-25, 25-17,

25-11, 25-12)

Things were looking good for the Knights in the first set. In spite of the tough battle and effective defense brought by the Cougars, the Knights won the set by three. Ali Beltz led the attack with nine kills.

“We came out playing really strong in the first set,” said Coach Jen Walter. “Cedar Mountain played really tight as well and we could tell it was going to be a big night for somebody.”

The Cougars made a swift comeback in the second set, shutting things down quickly, 25-17.

The Knights continued to struggle at the serving line for the next two sets. The Cougars capitalized and swept the win. “I don’t think the score reflected how we played—we dug a lot of their hits,” Walter said. “We had more hitting errors and that’s credit to Cedar Mountain for causing chaos for us. I hope we see this team again later down the line.”

Cathedral 3

St. Mary’s 1

(23-25, 25-14, 25-19, 25-13)

The Knights faced off against their rival, Cathedral Greyhounds, on Tuesday, Oct. 17. Set one was a lengthy back and forth affair between the Knights and the Greyhounds, with the Knights coming out on top. The Knights were playing their best defense in the first set, with Hansen getting nine digs and Beltz and Sarah Reinarts with seven each.

Halfway through the second set the Knights lost momentum. The Greyhounds got a seven-point lead and the set. The Greyhounds went on to take the next two sets in quick order. Serving errors vs. effective defensive maneuvers gave Cathedral the win they came for.

“I think we really beat ourselves,” Hansen said. “We play our best when we are relaxed and after the first set we played hesitant, safe and tense. Just an off night, but better to get that all out now moving forward into playoffs.”

Beltz led the Knights with 13 kills and 20 digs. Hansen got 26 set assists and Weiss completed 37 digs. “This isn't how we wanted to end our regular season, but you can learn a lot from a loss,” Walter said. “I hope it will refocus the girls and bring a renewed energy to practice. We have parts of our game we need to cleanup and I also need my hitters being more aggressive again. We are excited for the postseason and what it has in store for us.”

The Knights start Section 2A playoffs on Monday, Oct. 24.