The Sleepy Eye Indians volleyball team faced a tough end to their season on Monday, Oct. 23 at New Ulm Cathedral.

The Sleepy Eye Indians volleyball team faced a tough end to their season on Monday, Oct. 23 at New Ulm Cathedral.

Cathedral 3

Sleepy Eye 0

(25-16, 25-14, 25-19)

Cathedral finished the regular season as the number six seed, while Sleepy Eye was the 11 seed. The winner of Monday’s playoff matchup was set to play St. Mary’s next. Sleepy Eye had also suffered two losses to Cathedral during the regular season.

The battle in the first set saw the Greyhounds pull ahead and Sleepy Eye tie things up at 3-3, 5-5 and 7-7. Key kills made by Mya Ibberson and Madi Heiderscheidt kept the Indians in the fight. Cathedral then pulled off a nine-point lead and held it to 25.

“We knew after playing them twice, what they were going to bring,” said Coach Sydney Geiger. “They stuck to the same things we’ve seen in pervious games.”

“We have to give credit where it’s due. Cathedral is a good volleyball team,” Heiderscheidt said. “We played our hearts out and just happened to come up short.”

In the second set, the Greyhounds ran away early and the Indians spent more time on defense then at the service line. Courtney Dittbenner and Madi Krueger, on defense, kept the Indians in the game in spite of errors. Cathedral clinched set two after a serving error.

The Indians took the lead in the third set and things started to look up. Unfortunately for Sleepy Eye, the Greyhounds came back to go 13-6 before Indians got the serve back. The Indians fought back hard all the way to 19 points, but Cathedral held the lead for the win.

“The girls fought hard,” said Geiger. “That’s all I can ask and they fought until the end. I liked the leadership we had this year. We had seven seniors and we relied on them so much. They kept us together.”

Heiderscheidt led the charge with eight kills, 10 digs and two aces. Ibberson got five kills and three blocks. Krueger completed 13 digs and Cassidy Hoffman put up 18 set assists.

“I had so much fun playing volleyball this year. I’m going to miss it way more than I thought I would,” Heiderscheidt said. “In our eyes, we had a successful year and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

“Even though we didn’t end the season how we had planned, our team this year came a long way,” Dittbenner said. “I will definitely miss the loud pre-game music and jumping around on the court.”