NEW ULM - The St. Peter Saints volleyball team came marching into the New Ulm Eagles gym and pretty much had their way in a 25-17, 25-13, 25-17 sweep of the home team.
New Ulm, which is now 1-9 overall and 1-3 in the South Central Conference, lost the match and an opportunity to beat a conference foe.
"We just really didn't do anything," Eagles coach Chris Otto said. "They (St. Peter) had a good blocking night and this was one of our weakest passing nights of the year. We were really flat tonight."
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
New Ulm High School’s Bree Friedman (5) digs the ball as teammate Katie Forst looks on during the Eagles’ match against St. Peter Tuesday at NUHS.
The Eagles had hope early on as consecutive aces by Sarah Nelsen gave New Ulm a 4-2 lead in the first set. However, after a 4-4 tie, the set went downhill for the Eagles. St. Peter built a 18-11 margin before three unforced errors and a kill block by Katie Forst brought New Ulm back to within three, 18-15. A 7-2 run by the Saints ended the set, with the Eagles committing 13 unforced errors from the floor and behind the service line.
After a 3-3 tie in the second set, St. Peter took command behind a combined four kills from Olivia Hass and Tailor Raymond. By the time Raymond was finished from the service line, the Eagles were down 14-4. New Ulm finished the set with two unforced errors, setting up a more competitive third set.
There were six ties up to 7-7, with the Eagles hanging tough through the middle of the set. Kills by Forst and Lizzie Rummel kept New Ulm within one at 12-11 and 14-13, but after St. Peter was up 18-16, things began to falter for the Eagles.
Two kills and two kill blocks by the Saints plus three unforced errors ended the night for New Ulm.
The Eagles resume play at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at home against St. James.