The Sleepy Eye Indians volleyball team got its’ regular season underway last Thursday night when they hosted the Jaguars from ML/GHEC/T.

Sleepy Eye 3, ML/GHEC/T 0

(25-18, 25-16, 25-22)

The Sleepy Eye Indians volleyball team got its’ regular season underway last Thursday night when they hosted the Jaguars from ML/GHEC/T. The season couldn’t have started any better for the Indians. With a blend of varsity veterans and some varsity newcomers, the Indians had their way with the Jaguars winning 25-18, 25-16, and 25-22 for the three-game sweep.

With a balanced attack, the Indians were led by senior Madi Krueger who contributed 14 digs and three aces. Also pitching in were fellow teammates Brittney Dittbenner (five kills and eight digs) and sophomore McKenna Strong (four kills and three blocks).

Indians Head Coach Sydney Geiger was pleased with how the girls handled the season opener, despite starting a bit slow in match number one. “I knew going into the first game we were going to have those first game jitters. We have girls making their Varsity debuts and trying new positions,” she said. “Nonetheless, we eventually relaxed and things started to come together. Momentum was a huge factor throughout the game and we took advantage of it.”

Part of that momentum began once the Indians got their outside game going. Dittbenner and Leslie Flores got the outside game going which then helped the middle really gel together in the second set. The Indians scored the final seven points of the set to take a 2-0 match lead heading into the third set. While looking for the sweep, the Jaguars never gave in, rallying the score to 23-22, however the Indians proved too much for the Jaguars and scored the final two points of the match and sent the Jaguars home.

Geiger is also looking forward to the mixture of senior leaders and underclassmen gel together throughout the season, “We do have a nice mix of upperclassmen, but only a few girls saw time on the court last season. However, each girl is starting to learn their role on the team and that has really helped gel the team together. Our seniors have been great leaders thus far and I expect them to continue that throughout the season.”

The Indians will have a full week to prepare for their next game on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. when cross-town rival Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s travels to the SEHS gym.