The St. Mary’s Knights hosted the New Ulm Cathedral Greyhounds in the second round of Section 2A Tournament on Thursday, Oct. 26, and came up short.

The St. Mary’s Knights hosted the New Ulm Cathedral Greyhounds in the second round of Section 2A Tournament on Thursday, Oct. 26, and came up short.

Cathedral 3

St. Mary’s 1

(22-25, 25-19, 25-18,

25-17)

The Knights and Greyhounds continued their rivalry by splitting in the regular season. St. Mary’s won the first game; Cathedral beat the Knights in the final game of the regular season. St. Mary’s, the number three-seed, earned a bye in the first round of section play. Number six-seed Cathedral beat the Sleepy Eye Indians to make the match-up with St. Mary’s.

The opening of the game looked even, with both teams serving well. The Knights defense made all the difference, with Sarah Reinarts getting six digs, and key saves made by Dani Weiss and Jody Hansen. The Knights managed to finish off the fight ahead by three points. “We started off playing tight,” said Coach Jen Walter. “They could feel that they had that set, but we were playing a little too safe.”

In the second set, things changed drastically. A serving error cost the Knights the first point and the Greyhounds went on a five-point run. “I think we played the same, but they stepped up their game,” Reinarts said. The Knights managed to tie the game at 7-7 and 12-12, but Cathedral owned the pace of the set and spent more time at the service line. “After they crossed to other side, I could see they were struggling to keep the confidence a bit,” Walter said.

The Greyhounds kept up the pace and shut down the Knights, in two lightening rounds, to take the game.

“I’m really proud of the girls,” Walter said. “I could have never guessed we would have a 17-8 season. I feel the season overall was a great success.”

“Our defense improved a lot over the season,” Hansen said. “And our hitting got better than even we expected, given how short some of us are.”

“This is one of the few sports where we are all together,” said Ali Beltz.

Beltz led the attack with 15 kills and 18 digs. Cassie Heinrichs got six kills. Hansen was everywhere, with five kills, 33 set assists and three digs. Weiss led the defense with 27 digs and Reinarts finished with 12 digs.

Cathedral advanced to face BOLD in the quarterfinals at New Ulm High School on Tuesday, Oct. 31.