Greyhounds kick of homecoming week with sweep of Raiders

Staff photo by Travis Rosenau Nicollet’s Shannon Soost (7) and Leah Bode (12) attempt to block an attack by New Ulm Cathedral’s Sydnee Helget during a nonconference volleyball match on Monday at Cathedral High School.

NEW Ulm — New Ulm Cathedral swept Nicollet 25-15, 25-9, 25-18 on Monday in a nonconference volleyball match.

It was the battle of two team wills: the Greyhounds wanted a sweep, the Raiders wanted to play longer. In the end, Cathedral got its wish and opened homecoming week with the win.

Set 1 saw the Greyhounds jump out to a 10-4 lead on an ace serve by Megan Haala. Sydnee Helget added another point on a kill for an 11-4 Greyhound advantage.

Nicollet had a brief run. The Greyhounds ended it when Lily Brennan and Helget got a double block for another Greyhound point. Shannon Soost and Brooklyn Bode teamed up for a block to cut the deficit to 6 points, 16-10.

Cathedral kept scoring points when it needed. Nicollet hurt itself with miscues at the wrong time, which included a service error that gave Cathedral the set.

Cathedral dominated in Set 2. Helget got an ace serve to open the set. Hotovec had a soft tip and a kill and Annie Edwards added an ace serve of her own. The result was an early lead for the Greyhounds.

Nicollet tried to cut the deficit, and they were able to get within 3 points approximately midway through the set. Jaylin Hartness served the ball to Nicollet and it arched over the net and dropped in for an ace serve. Hotovec and Helget each got a kill late in the set.

Helget added another kill and the Greyhounds took the set on Haala’s kill. Nicollet managed to score only 2 points late in the set.

Set 3 was a different story because both teams played even the entire set. Nicollet led early, but Cathedral regained the lead. Hotovec had three kills during the home stretch. Her last kill put Nicollet away and gave Cathedral the set and match.

For the Greyhounds, Edwards had 25 set assists and Haala had nine kills, 11 digs and four ace serves. Helget added eight kills and nine digs. Hotovec finished with eight kills. Hartness had four ace serves.

Brooklyn Bode had five kills to lead Nicollet, while Soost added three kills and three blocks. Leah Bode had eight digs and Ambria Hoffman added six digs. Mia Lambrecht had five set assists. Emma Drill was 8 for 10 serving with an ace, Jasmine Wilking was 5 for 5 with an ace and Savannah Klockziem was 6 for 6 serving.

Cathedral will host Minnesota Valley Lutheran Tuesday night. Nicollet (2-10) will play at Martin County West on Tuesday.


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