MORGAN - After winning a grueling second set, Sleepy Eye carried the momentum into the final two sets to defeat a deflated Cedar Mountain/Comfrey volleyball team.
The Cougars took the first set 25-17, but then a back and forth second set saw the Indians prevailing 28-26. Sleepy Eye went on to win the final two sets 25-18, 25-12 in four sets.
In the opening set, the Cougars used a 13-4 run to spring themselves to an opening set win.
"We played phenomenal," said CM/C coach Tami Martin. "That's how my girls can play."
The second set was close the entire way. With the score 23-20 in favor of CM/C, Sleepy Eye rattled off three straight points to tie the game. Each team scored three more times before the Indians finally capitalized on a set point.
"I thought the girls did a really good job of staying mentally tough," Indians coach Nicole Jensen said.
Winning this set seemed to give the Indians all the momentum heading into the next sets.
"The third game we picked it up a little more," Jensen said. "We pulled ahead a little bit and then we put it away."
As for the Cougars, losing the second set seemed to deflate the mood of the team.
"They kind of got defeated in their head," Martin said. "I hate watching it because I know what they can do."
The final two sets turned into the Claire Krumbach show for Sleepy Eye. The senior had a nice third set, but really took the game over in the fourth and final set.
Krumbach scored the first five points of the final set to set the tone for the Indians to get a win.
"She (Krumbach) has been our leader and has been putting the ball down for us," Jensen said.
Krumbach led the Indians with 18 kills and three aces. Josie Schieffert added eight kills and four blocks and Karrah Remus chipped in with seven kills.
The Cougars were led by Courtney Nelsen with six kills, 10 digs, and 16 for 16 on serves with two aces.
"Courtney stays consistent every game," Martin said. "She always leads the team in kills, and she also keeps the team up."
Sleepy Eye moves to 3-6 overall and 1-3 in conference. The Indians will host Wabasso on Tuesday.
CM/C drops to 1-10 overall and 1-3 in conference. The Cougars will host Minnesota Valley Lutheran on Tuesday night.