LHS fifth in EP tournament
Its been a quick start to the season for the Mayer Lutheran volleyball team, jumping out to a 4-2 record after the first week of play.
LHS 3, New Prague 2
On Monday, Aug. 27, the Crusaders kicked off the season at home by defeating New Prague 3-2.
Winning sets two, three, and five by margins of 25-15, 25-21, and 15-4, the Crusaders had a great team effort, according to head coach Joelle Grimsley.
“Every player got on the court and helped the Crusaders with this victory,” she said.
Grimsley said the Crusaders were a bit “jittery” at first, but were able to apply more pressure as the night went on. As a team, the Crusaders had 11 aces, 34 digs, six blocks, 44 kills, and 34 set assists.
Osseo 3, LHS 1
At Osseo the next evening, the Cruasders fell 3-1.
“I felt like all night we were just a step behind Osseo,” Grimsley said. “They were putting pressure on us every play with some great offensive plays and we just could not keep up.”
Grimsley said LHS spent much of the night playing catch up to Osseo, but said it was good to see the Crusaders fight back and embrace a never-give-up attitude. The Crusaders won the third set 25-23, but lost the other three 20-25, 20-25, and 18-25.
Eden Prairie tournament
Placing fifth in the Eden Prairie tournament on Sept. 1, the Crusaders got a taste of some larger competition.
First, they faced off against Bloomington Jefferson, winning 25-9, 25-15. With 25 kills and 11 digs, the Crusaders also served 40-49 with nine aces.
“We talked a lot about being ready to play early in the morning and getting off to a good start and we were able to do that,” Grimsley said.
The Crusaders fell 22-25 and 21-25 to Chanhassen later that day. Grimsley said the team was inconsistent.
Coming back to place fifth with 2-0 victories over Holy Family and North St. Paul, Grimsley said the team improved as the day went on. Winning 25-21, 25-21 over the Fire, the team had 23 kills and 11 digs. In the 25-20, 25-20 victory over North St. Paul, the team collected six aces, 15 kills, and 13 set assists.
The Crusaders play at Jordan tonight, Sept. 6, and will return home next Thursday, Sept. 13 to host NYA Central.