NEW ULM - New Ulm's volleyball team started off South Central Conference play exactly how it wanted to with a 25-17, 25-10, 25-19 sweep of the Fairmont Cardinals on Thursday night in New Ulm.
"I think coming out and dominating tonight was definitely a good way of coming out and starting conference play," said New Ulm senior hitter Chase Schewe.
New Ulm senior Torri Botten got things going right away serving six straight points to give the Eagles an early lead. Schewe smashed two kills in a row to give New Ulm a little breathing room later in the set, and junior Kate Denney recorded a kill to give the Eagles the opening set.
DIGGIN’ IT — Fairmont’s Sydney Glienke digs up a New Ulm spike during South Central Conference volleyball action against the Eagles on Thursday night in New Ulm. (Photo Courtesy of Steve Muscatello/New Ulm Journal)
"Our setters did a great job of getting the ball up to our hitters tonight, and our hitters did a great job of putting the ball on the floor," Schewe said.
Schewe continued her offensive streak with two more kills in the second set, while Fairmont struggled with errors as New Ulm cruised in the second set, 25-10.
"If we are going to compete in the South Central Conference, we are going to have serve receive better, so that other teams are not able to get those easy points," said Fairmont head coach Brad Haugen.
Fairmont's offense started to click in the third set, but it seemed every time the Cardinals worked for a hard hit, there was an Eagle determined to keep the ball from hitting the ground. Kayla Lardy was denied multiple kills by a scrappy New Ulm defense in the third set.
"Every time we thought we were putting a good attack on it, New Ulm was doing a great job of just being scrappy and not letting that ball hit the floor," said Haugen.
New Ulm senior Lizzie Rummel ended the match with a kill to secure the sweep victory.
Schewe and Katie Forst led the Eagles offensively with four kills each. Breanna Sieve and Forst led the defensive effort for New Ulm with 12 and 10 digs, respectively.
Lardy and Courtney Mosloski led Fairmont's offensive attack with four kills apiece.
New Ulm (2-1, 1-0 SCC) travels to Waseca on Tuesday night, while Fairmont (0-2, 0-1) plays today and Saturday at the Visitation Invitational.
New Ulm won the B-squad game, 25-16, 25-22, Thursday.
Payton Walser led the Cardinals with four kills, while Tieryn Arens added three kills.
St. James 3, Blue Earth Area 0 - The Saints blanked the Bucs, 25-21, 25-17, 25-18, in South Central Conference action on Thursday in St. James.
Julia Beckius had seven kills and six digs to lead the Saints' winning effort, while Katy Hedlund contributed three ace blocks.
Emily Bottem doled out 25 set assists and went 12-for-13 from the service line with four aces for St. James.
Devyn Braunshausen smacked four kills and went 9-for-10 serving to top the Bucs, while Nicole Krinke distributed 12 set assists and made seven digs.
Audrey McDonald tallied three kills and made five digs for Blue Earth Area (0-3, 0-1 SCC), which competes in the Luverne Invite at 9 a.m. Saturday.
St. James (2-1, 1-0 SCC) travels to Fairmont on Monday night.
Nicollet 3, Martin Luther/GHEC 2 - The Raiders outlasted the Knights, 25-20, 20-25, 21-25, 25-15, 19-17, during Valley Conference action Thursday night in Nicollet.
Danielle Schraeder spiked out 10 kills to top the Knights, Hunter Payne distributed 31 set assists, while Alexis Brummond made 17 digs.
Martin Luther/GHEC (1-3) hosts St. Clair on Tuesday night in Northrop.
Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial 3, Truman 0 - The Knights downed the Bluejays, 25-16, 25-13, 25-14, during Valley Conference action Thursday night in Lake Crystal.
Emily Zaharia generated four kills, two blocks and 10 digs to top Truman, while Alexis Jahnz contributed three kills and 21 digs.
Hanna Hartman served up two aces, Sara Schwanz made 13 digs, Cydney Kilian distributed nine set assists and Stephanie Jahnz scooped up 16 digs for the Bluejays.
Truman (0-3, 0-1 Valley) plays in the Sleepy Eye Public Tournament on Saturday.