NICOLLET - New Ulm Cathedral senior setter Paige Pautzke recorded the 1,000th set assist of her career as the Greyhounds defeated Nicollet 25-16, 23-25, 25-18, 23-25, 15-8 in a non-conference volleyball match Monday.
It took until the second-to-last point of the match, but Pautzke reached the milestone of 1,000 set assists when she set Lisa Helget up for a kill. Pautzke led the team with 37 set assists on the night.
"I am just feeling pure happiness," Pautzke said. "I am really thankful for my teammates for getting me the pass all the time and for my other teammates putting the ball down. I could never have done this without them."
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
Nicollet’s Katelyn Skrien spikes the ball as New Ulm Cathedral’s Kristin Mohr (9) and Paige Pautzke (6) set up a block attempt Monday at Nicollet High School.
The match was a bit of a rollercoaster ride for those who were in attendance as the teams traded games back and forth before Cathedral finally won the match by winning the final set 15-8.
"The end of the game really showed how we can play," Cathedral head coach Stef Dietz said. "We played as a group, we stuck together, we kept control of the ball, we kept control of the game, and that is something we have been lacking in our last couple games."
Kristin Mohr and Karlee Pfaff led the Greyhounds in kills with 12 apiece, while Helget added 10 kills. Mohr led the team with 11 digs and Helget had nine.
When it counted, the Greyhounds almost always set the ball up to Helget or Mohr. Even though Nicollet knew it was coming the Raiders still could not stop the two veteran hitters.
"Lisa and Kristin have been our go-to players all season," Dietz said. "They know their role, and we know that they can put the ball down."
Katelyn Skrien led the Raiders in kills with 11, while Courtney Struss led the team with 20 digs and Sara Meurer added 14 digs.
"I was really pleased with the way we played," Nicollet head coach Judy Radke said. "I think (Cathedral) is one of the premier teams in the sub-section, and if we continue to play the way we did tonight we can win a lot of matches."
Cathedral plays again today when it hosts Sleepy Eye, while Nicollet plays at home today against Madelia.