Greyhounds win in three
SLEEPY EYE – New Ulm Cathedral did not waste any time on Tuesday night, defeating Sleepy Eye in a three-set Tomahawk Conference volleyball sweep (25-9, 25-19, 25-11).
The Greyhounds (10-7-1, 3-3 Tomahawk Conference) spread the ball around in the match as Kristin Mohr knocked home nine kills, Anna Mohr had seven and Amber Hillesheim had six.
“That’s what we need to do,” said Cathedral coach Stef Dietz. “We want to keep their defense guessing, their block guessing.”
Dietz credited sophomore setter Morgan Schabert in complementing the hitters with a match-high 21 set assists.
The Indians (3-10, 1-5) did not help their cause much in their 25-9 first-set loss, during which they tallied eight attacks that either sailed out of bounds or into the net for Cathedral points.
“We hurt ourselves,” said Sleepy Eye coach Nicole Jensen. “Not getting to our positions, not talking, not moving our feet – all of those things that we’ve talked about constantly. We have not seemed to play consistently doing those things.”
Senior middle hitter Claire Krumbach did provide one of the few bright spots for Sleepy Eye with her match-high 11 kills. Six of her 11 kills came in the second set, which was the only time in which Sleepy Eye had held a lead.
“She stepped up into that leadership role because we needed her to,” Jensen said.
Sophomore Josie Schieffert has been another leader for the Indians, tallying seven kills on the night.
“She started off rough today and I know she has had some ups and downs too,” Jensen said of Schieffert. “Those two are typically our leaders, but we need someone on the outside who’s going to step up and score some points.”
Sleepy Eye had a chance to keep the match competitive in the second set, netting an early 3-2 lead and keeping it close down the stretch.
The Indians’ inconsistencies came back to bite them, however, as they went on to lose the set 25-19.
“Tonight we just didn’t have that – we didn’t have all six girls getting after it at once,” Jensen said. “It was too here-and-there, hit-and-miss and we need consistent play from everyone in order to be competitive.”
Cathedral senior Karlee Pfaff kept the Sleepy Eye defense guessing from the service line while notching a match-high four service aces.
“She’s got a very nice serve,” Dietz said of Pfaff. “She does a very good job of placing the ball, she does a very good job of serving short and a very good job of looking for the open spots. She sees the court well.”
Schabert and MacKinnon Ehlenz also notched multiple aces with two each.