Things couldn’t have gotten of to a much better start last week for the Watertown-Mayer volleyball team in its only match of the week, when the Royals jumped out quickly to take the first set from Mayer Lutheran, 25-23.
But the sixth-ranked Crusaders quickly turned things around, evening the match with a 25-13 win the second set. Mayer Lutheran took control of the match by edging the Royals, 25-23 in the third set, and put the match away with a 25-17 win in the fourth.
With the win, Mayer Lutheran improved to 17-5 on the year and won for the sixth time in its last seven matches. Watertown-Mayer fell to 11-13 and lost for the fourth time in its last five matches. Mayer Lutheran continues to lead the Minnesota River Conference with a 6-0 record, followed closely by Belle Plaine at 7-1. Watertown-Mayer is in seventh place in the conference at 1-5.
The Royals were led by Maggie Perrel, who finished with 10 kills, four aces, three blocks and nine digs. Ashley Vealetzek had eight kills and eight digs, and Kate Theisen had six kills and 18 digs. Chelsea Wandersee finished with 31 assists, three kills, an ace and eight digs, while Kiana Paulson had 10 digs and Katelyn Yliniemi had eight. Ashley Kelzer finished with two kills and two blocks.
Watertown-Mayer traveled to take on Sibley East on Monday, and will close the regular season on Monday, Oct. 22, with a home game against Delano at 7:15 p.m.