The Watertown-Mayer volleyball team lost its only match last week, a 3-0 defeat against Sibley East on senior night at Watertown-Mayer High School.
The Royals honored seniors Chelsea Wandersee, Ashley Kelzer, Kianna Paulson, Britni Grossing and Amanda Wabbe before the game, and got off to a strong start. The Royals took an early 7-1 lead in the first set, but Sibley East quickly rallied to take a 9-8 lead and never looked back in a straight sets victory in the Royals’ final home game of the year. The Wolverines won 25-19, 25-16, 25-19.
“Going into the game after three great practices in a row, the girls were physically prepared to play ball,” Watertown-Mayer coach Andrea Raser said. “We played volleyball -— our defense was on, our passing and serving were on, and we had a low-error game. So what went wrong? We didn’t play with the desire to win.”
Ashley Vealetzek led the Royals with 14 kills, and she also added nine digs. Paulson had 27 digs, and Wandersee had 18 assists and seven digs.
Kelzer added nine digs, while Grossinger had two aces. Lily Reinert added three kills Victoria Lynch finished with two kills.
The Royals, who entered this week with an 11-14 record and a 1-5 mark in the Minnesota River Conference, closed the regular season with a match at Tri City United on Tuesday, Oct. 15. The Royals will open the Section 2AA tournament on Thursday, Oct. 24.
“Our record is not showing the talented team we are,” Raser said, “but it is clearly showing that we have to find the desire to win.”
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