Royals knock off Sibley East

The Watertown-Mayer volleyball team closed the regular season with a win last week, ending a string of four losses in five matches and hopefully building some momentum hearing into the Section 6AA playoffs.

The Royals defeated Sibley East 3-1 on Monday, Oct. 15, when a big match from Kate Theisen helped propel the Royals to victory on the road. Theisen finished with 14 kills and 23 digs, leading the team in both categories.

Ashley Vealetzek added 10 kills, 13 digs and two blocks, and Ashley Kelzer chipped in with a season-high eight kills. Maggie Perrel finished with seven kills, 16 digs and four blocks, and Kiana Paulson also had seven kills and 16 digs. Setter Chelsea Wandersee finished with a season-high 43 assists, and also added 16 digs.

With the win over Sibley East, the Royals moved to 12-13 overall on the year, and finished in seventh place in the Minnesota River Conference with a 2-5 record. However, the Royals are hoping for a fresh start in the postsesaon.

Watertown-Mayer will begin the Section 2AA playoffs on Thursday. The Royals drew the No. 6 seed in the north subsection, and will take on third-seeded Mound-Westonka on the road on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m.

If the Royals win that mach, they would play on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 7:45 p.m. in New Prague. That match would be against either second-seeded Glencoe-Silver Lake (20-2) or against seventh-seeded Sibley East. In order to advance, however, the Royals will first have to find a way to beat a Mound-Westonka team that beat the Royals 3-0 third first time around, back on Sept. 17. The Whitehawks won that match 25-17, 25-14, 25-22.