Long rallies were the theme of Sept. 5 as the Mayer Lutheran volleyball team headed just down the road to conference foe Norwood Young America, in what would become a closely contested 3-2 loss.
Despite dropping the first two sets 25-22 and 30-28 to the Raiders, head coach Joelle Grimsley said the Crusaders started strong.
“Crusaders came out strong in both of the first two games and did not make many mistakes,” she said. “As the games continued, we started creating many unforced errors which Central capitalized on.”
Grimsley said Mayer Lutheran had the opportunity to win game two, but were unable to do so and dropped the set 30-28.
“I was very proud of the Crusaders for fighting back in the next two sets,” she said. “We were able to cut our errors in half for those sets and play offense using different hitters which kept Central having to play more defense.”
Mayer Lutheran won sets three and four 25-18 and 25-22 to send the game into a fifth set. Down 6-1 at the beginning of the set, LHS was able to tie it up at 7-7 after finding the Crusaders’ rhythm.
A slew of errors then gave Central the lead, and eventually the set by a score of 15-11.
“Central played very scrappy and picked up many of our shots,” Grimsley said. “We need to continue to work at finishing a game and playing each and every point.”
Senior Rachel Schmidt and junior Maria Kuntz led the Crusader attack with 16 and 12 kills, respectively. Kills also came from sophomore Kalie Winter (8), senior Sam Bartz (4), senior Shelby Sicheneder (3), and sophomore Lynnea Marlatt (2).
Senior Jessi Grimsley topped the digs list with 20 overall, followed by Sicheneder (16), Schmidt (14), Winter (3), and senior Lauren Schroeder (3).
Assist leaders included Winter (22) and Schroeder (20). Serving went well for LHS, 108-118, with nine aces. Sophomore Rachel Zittergruen was 9-9 with four aces, while Winter was 12-12, Schmidt was 33-34, Schroeder was 17-18, and Jessi Grimsley was 22-24.
LHS will next host Osseo (Sept. 17).
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