By Jeff Meder
Journal Sports Writer
SLEEPY EYE - Thursday night, Sleepy Eye hosted Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart in a Tomahawk conference volleyball match with BLHS winning 26-24, 25-18, 25-17.
Sleepy Eye built a 4-0 lead in the first set. It took advantage of some miscues by BLHS for the brief lead.
After the Mustangs tied it and took a brief lead, the teams exchanged points, keeping it close. BLHS found ways to make the plays it needed, despite the close score.
Sleepy Eye Head Coach Nicole Jensen called two time-outs with a short period of time in an effort stem the Mustangs' momentum. But, BLHS was able to get the points it needed to win the first set.
Sleepy Eye took an early 1-0 lead to open the second set. BLHS took advantage of some Sleepy Eye mistakes and build a 16-4 lead. The Indians recovered and it was able to close the gap to 16-8 on a long volley between the two teams.
The Mustangs used a combination of soft lobs and hard smashes to earn its final points to win the second set.
BLHS appeared headed to an easy win in the third set when it managed to earn an 11-2 lead. Sleepy Eye was not going to give up easily as it worked hard to overcome the deficit. As they did in the second set, the Indians were able to stage a bit of a comeback and it was as close as four points late in the match. The Mustangs took charge and it was able to score the final points to win the set and the match.
Senior Claire Krumbach led Sleepy Eye with 10 kills and three blocks. Josie Schieffert added nine kills, Justine Gonzalez had 11 set assists and Miranda McMullen added nine set assists.
"We definitely did continue to battle, but we should have battled sooner. We dug ourselves a big hole that we couldn't get out of," said Jensen.
Sleepy Eye (5-14, 1-7) will travel to New Ulm Cathedral Monday night in its regular season finale. BLHS (13-8, 7-1) will travel to Lester Prairie to play Lester Prairie-Holy Trinity Tuesday night.