Lady Saints slip by Summit Christian, Lexington
It proved to be a fruitful week for the Saint Paul Lady Saints on the volleyball court, knocking off a pair of tough Class 2 opponents they could see in the state tournament in Summit Christian Academy and Lexington.
"Overall, I couldn't have been happier with the way the girls competed," Lady Saints head coach Aaron Marsh said. "They fought through mistakes and made important plays when need be."
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Summit Christian 22-25-23
After just falling in the first set, the Lady Eagles appeared to get back on track and took care of business with a big serving run.
But the Lady Saints came back with good service of their own to edge out SCA in a thrilling third set and take a hard-fought match.
"This was a very fun volleyball game to be a part of," Marsh said. "It was back and forth by both teams. In the third set, the girls were able to get back to a little bit better serve-receive and do enough offensively to give our team a chance."
Grace Stumbaugh was a force at the net with 17 kills. Shannon Peters was a force everywhere else, recording five kills, 12 assists and 13 digs. Meghann Roepe also handed out 10 assists, and Clara Nebel led the stellar serving with three aces.
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"We knew this would be a tough match coming into it," Marsh said. "We had previously split with Lexington at the Holden tournament. They are a very experienced team this year, and we knew they would be a challenge."
The Lady Minutemen continued the trend of competitive volleyball by taking the first set to the brink before winning it. But from that point on, the Lady Saints dominated, winning the final two sets in workmanlike fashion.
"In the second set, we kept our serves in and made sure our defense was a little bit more ready for some things," Marsh noted. "We were able to control it from the start."
Stumbaugh and Peters made their presence felt all over the floor, with Stumbaugh piling up 25 kills and 14 digs and Peters tallying seven kills, 12 assists and 11 digs.
Karson Troth also came up with five kills. Roepe again dished 10 assists. Nebel was also a force serving again with five aces.
The Lady Saints move to 7-1-1 on the season. They started this week last night at home versus KC Lutheran.