The Watertown-Mayer volleyball team was action twice last week, earning a 3-0 sweep over Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity on Monday, Sept. 9, and falling 3-1 at home to Minnesota River Conference power Jordan on Thursday, Sept. 12.
At week’s end, the Royals were sitting at 5-8 overall and 0-2 in the MRC. However, both MRC losses came against arguably the top two teams in the conference.
The Royals were also at Delano on Monday, Sept. 16, and at home against Mound-Westonka on Thursday, Sept. 19. The Royals will return to action at LeSueur-Henderson on Thursday, Sept. 19, and will host Dassel-Cokato on Tuesday, Sept. 24. Both those matches begin at 7:15 p.m.
Royals 3, LPHT 0
Ashley Vealetzek racked up 18 kills as the Royals cruised to a 25-20, 25-20, 25-11 win on the road.
Amanda Wabbe and Lily Reinert added five kills apiece, while Chelsea Wandersee had 27 assists. Kiana Paulson led the team with 14 digs.
“We played a solid game, and it was fun to see all the players get time on the floor,” Watertown-Mayer coach Andrea Raser said.
The Royals served well as a team, at 95.8 percent, and had nine aces in the match. Britni Grossing had three of those aces, Ashley Kelzer and Reinert had two each, and Aleah Lange and Wandersee each had one.
Katelyn Yliniemi added seven digs, while Kelzer and Wandersee each added four kills.
Jordan 3, Royals 1
Jordan picked up the Minnesota River Conference win in Watertown, winning the first two sets 25-18 before the Royals stayed alive with a 25-20 win in the third set. However, Jordan put the match away in the fourth with a 25-15 win.
“The girls fought back in every game, but we put our team in a really tough position when we’re down by 7 and the other team has 24,” Raser said. “It’s just hard to fight back for that many points in a row.”
Vealetzek led the team with 19 kills and three blocks, and she also added 13 digs. Wandersee had seven kills and a team-high 27 assists, and Reinert had six kills. Paulson had 15 digs and Kelzer had four kills and 13 digs.
“It was great seeing the fire and refusal to lose in three,” Raser said.
Raser added that an injury to Amanda Wabbe in the first set was also difficult for her team to overcome, particularly in terms of slowing down Jordan’s attack.
“We definitely felt the absence of her defense at the net and her energy on the floor,” Raser said.
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