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St. Mary’s sweeps Chargers

September 5, 2012
Andy Westra - Journal Sports Writer ( , The Journal

SLEEPY EYE - Sleepy Eye St. Mary's swept Minnesota Valley Lutheran in a non-conference matchup with the scores of 25-13, 25-21, 25-23.

MVL kept up with St. Mary's to start the first set, and the score was all knotted up at 10-10 before MVL fell apart as St. Mary's went on a 15-3 run to win the opening set.

The two teams traded points back and forth to start off the second set before St. Mary's pulled out to a big 23-13 lead. However, this game MVL proved it had some fight in it. The Chargers scored eight straight points before the Knights finally closed out the set and took a 2-0 lead in the match.

In the third set, MVL jumped out to a 6-1 lead before St. Mary's went on a 10-to-1 run making the score 11-7 in favor of the Knights.

The Chargers stayed in the set because of kills by senior Carlie Maasz and junior Rachel Olsen. With the Knights trailing the set 23-22, St. Mary's stand-out senior Maddy Helget came up big with a spike to tie the score up at 23-23.

"(Maddy) is definitely a hitter that we will look to a lot," St. Mary's head coach Nicole Jensen said. "She led the team in kills last year, and she is someone we can always depend on."

The Knights went up 24-23, and it looked like MVL had knotted the score up on the next point before losing the point for being in the net as the Knights clinched the match by winning the last set 25-23.

"We have a bunch of young, first-time starters hitting for us who have a lot on their shoulders," MVL head coach Sara Gieseke said. "We need to work on our passing and trusting that our setter will get the ball. I am happy with the way we came back after being down and really began to play within ourselves."

The Knights were led in kills by Deonna Brinkman and Maddy Helget with eight and seven kills respectively. Lexie Weiss led the Knights in digs with 11, while Jenna Hose led the team with five blocks and five aces.

St. Mary's plays next on Saturday at the Sleepy Eye Invitational, while MVL plays on Thursday at Tri City United.



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