Mayer Lutheran improves to 15-4

Improving to 15-4 this season, the Mayer Lutheran volleyball team picked up two victories last week over Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted and conference foe Tri-City United. The No. 5 (1A) Crusaders are currently 4-0 in the Minnesota River Conference, second only to No. 5 (2A) Belle Plaine (6-0 conference, 16-3 overall). Mayer Lutheran will face Belle Plaine on Oct. 16 at Belle Plaine.

Seniors Kristen Mielke (4) and Nico Schmidt (15) reach for the block against Tri-City United on Sept. 25.
Seniors Kristen Mielke (4) and Nico Schmidt (15) reach for the block against Tri-City United on Sept. 25.

Mayer 3, HLWW 0
Crusader head coach Joelle Grimsley said the Crusaders worked hard to play their style of game on Sept. 25 at Howard Lake. Winning the three sets 25-12, 25-11, and 25-15, Mayer Lutheran played an up tempo game the entire night. Senior Nico Schmidt had 14 kills to lead the Crusaders to victory. Senior Ashlyn Hucky had 25 set assists, while junior Shelby Sicheneder contributed five kills and six digs.

Mayer 3, TCU 1
After losing the first set 19-25 to Tri-City United on Sept. 27, the Crusaders rallied to take the next three (25-15, 25-6, and 25-13) and the match. As a team, the Crusaders were 80-91 in serving, with 30 set assists, 35 kills, and 33 digs.

The Crusaders collected a handful of aces from Schmidt (4), senior Emma Christopherson (2), and junior Jessi Grimsley (2). Christopherson was 9-9 from the service line, while Grimsley (13-14), Hucky (15-17), Sicheneder (16-18), and Schmidt (15-17) all had strong serving nights as well. Hucky had 29 of the team’s 30 set assists. She also had four kills to compliment Schmidt (15) and senior Kristen Mielke (10) who dominated at the net.

Digs came from Sicheneder (9), senior Adriana Ernst (8), Grimsley (3), and Christopherson (2), while Mielke added to the defense with three blocks.

Coach Joelle Grimsley said the team played consistently throughout the week and kept the intensity at a high pace, but conceded that the team is looking forward to three straight days of practice.

After Sibley East this Thursday, the Crusaders will face No. 2 (1A) Bethlehem Academy and Watertown-Mayer next week.