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Cathedral completes comeback against MVL

Staff photo by Jeremy Behnke Minnesota Valley Lutheran’s Lili Mohror goes up for the attack as New Ulm Cathedral’s Sydnee Helget (right) and Lily Franta go up for the block on Saturday at MVL.

NEW ULM — Down two sets, the New Ulm Cathedral volleyball team wasn’t quite ready to throw in the towel.

So the Greyhounds put together a rally and completed the comeback, downing Minnesota Valley Lutheran 25-27, 21-25, 25-22, 25-18, 15-8 in a Tomahawk Conference match at MVL on Saturday.

It may have been frustrating for the Greyhounds after the first two sets. In both cases, they had big leads early in the set, only to see the Chargers slowly chip away and pull away with the win. Cathedral led 15-8 at one point in the first set before the Chargers closed the gap, finishing the match with a hit from Abbie Riederer.

Cathedral then looked like it could run away with the second set. Up 11-4, the Greyhounds once again gave up the big lead and saw the Chargers go up 2-0 in the match.

“We just talked about, we knew that we had a lot of girls playing out of position today,” Cathedral coach Becky Wilfahrt said. “Sarah Mohr really stepped up for us and she kind of took control out there as far as getting the girls going, she was very vocal today. And then we just had some hitters that just started going a little bit harder and just adjusting, we had two girls setting today that aren’t our setters and we just made those adjustments and I think that made a big difference.”

The third set was completely opposite as the Chargers took a lead early on. The Chargers led 6-1 and 9-3 early on and then 18-13 later, but the Greyhounds stormed back and won the third set 25-22. They completed the comeback with a more commanding 25-18 victory in Set 4 and then pulled away in the fifth set for their second win on the young season.

For MVL, Riederer had 12 kills and 13 digs. Sam Daleug finished with 32 set assists and Lili Mohror had seven kills and nine blocks. Ellie Schlei finished the match with 10 kills and four blocks.

For the Greyhounds, Lily Franta had 10 kills and 20 digs and Lily Brennan had 17 kills and 19 set assists. Sydnee Helget finished with 10 kills and four ace blocks.

MVL (1-1) is at Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop on Monday and Cathedral (2-0) hosts Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s on Wednesday.

GFW 3, CM 0

MORGAN — Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop swept Cedar Mountain 25-17, 25-10, 25-17 in a Tomahawk Conference volleyball match on Saturday.

For Cedar Mountain, Nadia Meyers and Hailey Hollar each had eight kills and Teresa Larsen finished with six kills. Mykenna Vollmer and Paige Rose each had three kills and Hollar had 10 set assists and 13 digs.

Morgan Engholm had 17 digs and Vollmer had 14 digs for the Cougars.

For GFW, Julia Schweiss had 13 kills and Hannah Thorsen had 17 set assists and 12 digs. Brynn Busse had 16 digs.

Cedar Mountain (0-1) hosts Sleepy Eye on Tuesday and GFW (2-0) hosts MVL on Monday.

BLHS 3, Springfield 0

HECTOR — Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart swept Springfield 25-15, 25-19, 29-27 on Saturday in a Tomahawk Conference volleyball battle.

Allison Dornseif had 25 set assists and seven digs for the Mustangs and Katie Buboltz had 23 digs. Emilie Hable and Tia Weispfenning each had eight kills to lead BLHS.

Springfield hosts GFW on Tuesday and BLHS hosts MVL on Tuesday.

Sleepy Eye 3, Wabasso 2

SLEEPY EYE — Sleepy Eye came from two sets down and rallied back to defeat Wabasso 24-26, 23-25, 29-27, 25-23, 15-10 on Saturday in a Tomahawk Conference volleyball match on Saturday.

For Sleepy Eye, McKenna Strong had 17 kills and 15 digs and Kadence Hesse had 12 kills, 23 digs and two blocks. Brooke Arneson had 22 set assists, three aces and nine digs and Morgan Hoffmann had nine kills.

Wabasso will be at Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s on Monday.

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