Crusader volleyball trumps Royals

Sophomore Maddie Miller goes for the killer in the Crusaders’ 3-2 win over Watertown-Mayer last week.
Sophomore Maddie Miller goes for the killer in the Crusaders’ 3-2 win over Watertown-Mayer last week.

After a loss to Hutchinson, the Mayer Lutheran volleyball team rallied for a conference win over Watertown-Mayer last week.

Against Hutchinson on Sept. 30, the Crusaders struggled to find their rhythm all night, according to LHS head coach Joelle Grimsley, falling 25-13, 26-24, and 25-22.

“This is the type of match where the best part when we are finished is that we get to have practice the next day,” she said. “We were never in full rhythm.”

Grimsley said Hutchinson was essentially error-free in the first set, while Mayer Lutheran struggled in every part of the game.

LHS got back to basics in the second set and had a 24-20 lead before the Tigers made a run and took the set.

Giving up was not an option for the Crusaders and so in set three, LHS kept fighting, Grimsley said.

“We are still learning and it is just a bump in the road that given time the Crusaders will fight to improve on,” she said.

The Crusaders were 59-60 serving against Hutchinson and tallied 26 kills. Senior Rachel Schmidt led the LHS offense with 12 kills and an 8-8 serving night. Senior Sam Bartz was 14-14 serving and added two kills. Six kills went to senior Shelby Sicheneder, who was 6-6 serving. Sophomore Maddie Miller had three kills.

Sophomore Kalie Winter led the setters with 17 assists.

Senior Jessi Grimsley led LHS on defense with 13 of the team’s 24 digs.

The Crusaders took Watertown-Mayer to five sets on Oct. 3. Winning the first set 25-15 and the fourth 15-13 to push it to five sets, Joelle Grimsley said the Crusaders worked to take care of their side of the net.

“There were some super long, great rallies tonight,” she said. “We were able to get our offense running much more effective tonight because our passers were moving very well.”

LHS would take set five 15-7 for the 3-2 win over Watertown-Mayer.

Junior Maria Kuntz led LHS with 17 kills, followed by Schmidt at 16.  Other kill leaders included Bartz (9), Shelby (7), Miller (6), and sophomore Lynnea Marlatt (4). Winter and senior Lauren Schroeder had 24 and 22 assists, respectively.

Sicheneder had 13 digs on defense.

Next week, LHS hosts Jordan  Oct. 15 before a Chaska tournament on Oct. 19.


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