Royals win at Rockford, but also lose twice


The Watertown-Mayer volleyball team went 1-2 over the course of three matches last week, sweeping Rockford on the road on Tuesday, but also falling to Mound-Westonka on Monday and 10th-ranked Jordan on Thursday.

The Royals now have a 9-7 record, including a 1-2 mark in Minnesota River Conference test. The Royals’ tough schedule doesn’t get any easier this week either, as they opened the week against Dassel-Cokato on Tuesday, return to action Thursday, Sept. 27, at home against sixth-ranked LeSueuer-Henderson at 7:15 p.m., and play in a tournament at Dassel-Cokato on Saturday, Sept. 29.

Mound-Westonka 3, Royals 0
Mound-Westonka took control of the match with a 25-17 win in the first set, and went on to close the match with 25-14 and 25-22 wins in a contest between former Wright County Conference rivals on Monday, Sept. 17. Mound-Westonka is in the midst of a stellar year, improving last week to 15-1 overall.

Maggie Perrel and Kate Theisen each had eight kills to lead the Royals, and each player added seven digs. Chelsea Wandersee had a team-high 22 assists and 10 digs, and Perrel and Ashley Vealetzek both had two blocks.

Brenna Mack had 20 kills and Callie Mack had 32 assists to lead Mound-Westonka.

Royals 3, Rockford 0
Watertown-Mayer turned things around big time the very next night, taking a quick lead in the first set and never looking back in a road win over Rockford. Watertown-Mayer won 25-19, 25-19, 28-26.

Perrel had 14 kills, two aces and nine digs to lead the Royals. Theisen added nine kills, and Vealetzek had a big match as the net as well, recording a team-high four blocks to go with five kills and two aces.
Wandersee distributed 32 assists and Kiana Paulson had nine digs. Ashley Kelzer had three kills and two aces.

Rockford was led by five kills, four blocks and two aces from Jordan Weeding.

Jordan 3, Royals 0
Watertown-Mayer won the first set, but it was all Jordan after that as the Jaguars regrouped to win the next three sets and the lone Minnesota River Conference match of the week for the Royals. Jordan won 19-25,  25-16, 25-17, 25-19.

Perrel again led the Royals with 13 kills, and added three blocks and nine digs as well. Theisen had six kills and nine digs, and Vealetzek had six kills, 10 digs and a block. Paulson had a team-high 15 digs, while Wandersee had 33 assists, five kills and eight digs.