On Tuesday, Oct. 29, the season ended for the LHS volleyball as the Crusaders fell 3-0 at Southwest Christian. Below is the story that appeared in this week’s (Oct. 31) Waconia Patriot.
The Mayer Lutheran volleyball team moved swiftly through the first two rounds of Section 4A competition last week, to land in the section semifinal Tuesday night against No. 1 Southwest Christian.
The No. 4 ranked Crusaders defeated No. 13 Hmong Academy on Oct. 23 in a 3-0 sweep, winning 25-12, 25-11, and 25-4. LHS head coach Joelle Grimsley said the Crusaders arrived ready to play and kept consistent the entire match.
“Postseason play always brings up the anxiety level and we were able to play strong,” she said. “The girls are looking forward to the next phase.”
Senior Rachel Schmidt led the LHS offense with 21 kills. Maria Kuntz (8), Shelby Sicheneder (4), Rachel Roepke (3), Maddie Miller (2), and Maddie Bakken (1) also contributed to the offensive effort. Setters Lauren Schroeder (13), Kalie Winter (14), and Rachel Zittergruen (4) collected the team’s 31 set assists.
The Crusaders served 66-71, 93 percent on the night, with perfect service nights from Christina Erdmann (15-15), Sicheneder (8-8), and Zittergruen (6-6), while Schroeder (6-7), Schmidt (9-10), Winter (16-17), and Jessi Grimsley (5-6) also served well.
On defense, Kuntz had two blocks while Sicheneder and Grimsley each had six of the team’s 21 digs. Erdmann and Bakken also logged one dig a piece.
Mayer Lutheran advanced to host No. 5 Nova Classical Academy on Oct. 25, defeating the Knights in three sets 25-7, 25-21, and 25-10.
“Crusaders did a great job tonight overall and look forward to the next phase of this postseason play,” Joelle Grimsley said.
Serving at 91 percent, strong service nights came from Schmidt (15-16), Sicheneder (10-11), Grimsley (12-12), Lynnea Marlatt (2-3), Erdmann (3-3), and Zittergruen (2-2). Kill leaders included Kuntz (13), Sicheneder (8), Marlatt (3), Roepke (2), and Schmidt (1). Schroeder (18) and Winter (14) led in assists. Zittergruen added two.
On defense, the Crusaders collected 19 digs, led by Sicheneder (6), Grimsley (6), and Erdmann (4).
Mayer Lutheran advanced to play No. 1 Southwest Christian on Oct. 29. In both 2011 and 2012, the Crusaders and the Stars met in the Section 4A final to determine a champion and state entry. In 2011, the Crusaders advanced to state, in 2012, the Stars, This season, the teams faced off in the semifinals, but results of that contest were not available when this issue went to press. The victor advances to play the winner of No. 2 Heritage Christian/No. 3 New Life Academy on Oct. 31 at Bloomington Kennedy High School, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
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