Crusaders beat Buffalo

MLHS 3 Buffalo Lake Hector 0
The Crusader offense was a force to be reckoned with when traveling to face the Mustangs on Sept. 29, recording 38 kills on 36 assists in the 3-0 win.
“Overall we played at the level we should have played at,” coach Joelle Grimsley said. “We were able to get the ball up and let the setters run an effective offense tonight.”
Junior Rachel Roepke led the team in kills with 15, followed by sophomore Maddy Hucky (9), sophomore Madi Beck (6), junior Lucy Koch (3), junior Kate Strehlke (2), junior Kalie Winter (2) and senior Gabi Flatebo (1).
Winter had a team-high 13 assists, edging out Hucky and senior Rachel Zittergruen, who had 12 and 11 respectively.
Beck had five digs, freshman Mya Chmielewski had four, Winter had three and sophomore Nicole Klaustermeier had two.
Koch had a pair of blocks in the win.
Mayer Lutheran won in straight sets 25-16, 25-7 and 25-12.

MLHS 0 Belle Plaine 3
The No. 1 ranked and undefeated Tigers started off on fire, while the Crusaders opened the game with a sluggish start.
“We have talked many times about starting to play a fast and focused set from the very first whistle…that did not happen tonight,” said Grimsley. “During the first set they came out swinging and are a very disciplined team who plays great defense. The Crusaders gave to many free balls which they in return crushed. The Tigers also stuff blocked the Crusaders five times, which made us very timid in the attacking area.”
Belle Plaine won the first set 25-10, but Mayer Lutheran started to rally, competing in a 25-16 loss in set two, then having a chance to win in the third set before losing 25-23.
“The second set was much better as we were able to sharpen up our game and keep the ball alive without so many errors,” said Grimsley. “The third set, Belle Plaine made a few errors that we were able to capitalize and Rachel Roepke led the team with five kills in this set. As a team we also had three of our five stuff blocks in this set. We decided to try and pick up their shots and worked hard at moving the ball around a bit. As the set progressed we were able to fight back when down 15-19, to a final score of 23-25.
Roepke had a team-high 11 kills, followed by Winter (4), Beck (3), Koch (2) and Hucky (2).
Hucky and Winter were the leaders in assists, tallying 11 and seven respectively.
Chmielewski had 10 digs, while Miller had two. Beck had two blocks and Koch had one.

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