NEW ULM - When the power came on for the Springfield Tigers volleyball team, the lights went out for the New Ulm Cathedral Greyhounds.
Springfield struggled offensively in the first two sets, but came back strong the last two, defeating Cathedral 25-21, 24-26, 25-16, 25-17 Tuesday night to go 3-0 on the season.
"I'm absolutely happy with the win," Tigers coach Tiffany Thedens said. Morgan (Hansen), Tiffany (Schwanke) and Shelby (Schultz) really set things up, and Amanda (Rogotzke) had some great serves in the last set."
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
New Ulm Cathedral’s Lisa Helget spikes the ball past Taylor Fink’s block attempt Tuesday at CHS in New Ulm.
While the Greyhounds fell to 0-2, they didn't make things easy at all for a strong Tigers squad.
"They definitely had some strong hitters," Greyhounds coach Stef Dietz said. "We just had no offense at the end. We have to work on our serve receive to get the ball to our hitters up front. We've got to fine tune some things."
Springfield started off well in the first set, with Hansen and Schwanke looking like in the groove as the Tigers built up a 24-14 lead. But a kill from Lisa Helget and three aces by MacKinnon Ehlenz would help Cathedral mount a seven point rally to make it 24-21.
A kill from Schwanke from the back row sealed the first set for Springfield, but it was the Greyhounds that started the second set with a buzz. Cathedral built a 20-10 lead, helped in no small part to eight unforced Tigers errors.
It was Springfield's turn to battle back, though, as a combination of five aces from Heidi Veenstra, Hansen and Kasey Kretsch and three kills by Schwanke found the set knotted at 24-24. An unforced Tigers error and a kill from Karlee Pfaff tied the series at 1-1.
Set three was close until it was tied at 6-6. The Greyhounds then committed eight unforced errors on their own, while it looked like Springfield's offensive trio was starting to get their legs back. Up 19-16, the Tigers scored five of the final six points with four kills and an ace.
The fourth set started much the same as the first, with the teams tied at 5-5 before Springfield started flexing their offensive muscle. A tip kill by Schwanke put the Tigers up 21-13, with a kill from Hansen finishing the evening with a kill for the 25-17 win.
For Springfield, Hansen had 23 kills and four aces, while Schwanke had 16 kills, 11 digs and four blocks. Shelby Schultz had 43 set assists, while Kretsch had three aces and was a perfect 13-for-13 from the service line.
Paige Pautzke led the Greyhounds with 18 digs, 19 set assists and five kills, while Ehlenz had eight kills, three aces and 12 digs. Pfaff contributed eight kills, nine digs and an ace, while Helget had 10 digs, seven kills and an ace. Pautzke, Ehlenz and Pfaff were a combined 47-for-47 from the service line.
The Greyhounds resume action at 7 p.m. Thursday at Wabasso, while the Tigers host Sleepy Eye at 7 p.m. Thursday.