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NEW ULM – With a 19-game winning season, the most wins for a New Ulm Cathedral volleyball team since 1993, the Greyhounds enter the playoffs this year with experience and confidence.
The Greyhounds (19-5) ended their regular season with a trio of tough clashes against BOLD (20-4), Nicollet (17-11) and Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s (25-0). While they fell in five sets against BOLD on Oct. 11 and lost four sets at St. Mary’s last Tuesday, the Greyhounds managed to beat the Raiders in five sets last Monday at Nicollet.
The cathedral will host Nicollet for a rematch at 7 p.m. Thursday. This time around, however, the stakes are higher as it will be a Section 2A, Northern Sub-Section quarterfinal playoff game.
The Raiders (seeded No.5) did not back down in the battle against Cathedral (seeded No.4) on Monday, but Cathedral dashed Nicollet’s return hopes with a dominant 15-7 victory in the set 5.
Greyhounds head coach Becky Wilfahrt said the Raiders had a strong defense on Monday that didn’t wear off.
âWe didn’t come out strong, we finished strong, which was good. “ Wilfahrt spoke about Monday’s victory. âI think defensively they just didn’t go. We got caught a few times watching these really great hits we had, then [Nicollet] found a way to keep them in play. This is going to be the hardest thing is that we have to keep playing and not be frustrated when the ball doesn’t come down for us.
The Raiders are led this season by senior passer Marah Hulke, who has 174 kills, 402 assists and 264 digs. Brooklyn Bode has 172 kills, 212 digs and 41 blocks also for Nicollet this season, while Hayley Selby has 144 kills, 247 digs, 45 blocks and 38 ace serves.
The Raiders also have Brooklyn Gohr (139 eliminations, 60 aces) and Olivia Whitmore (129 eliminations) as major contributors this year.
As for the last three games of the regular season in general, Wilfahrt said his team have shown what they are capable of regardless of the end of some of those games.
“As for the positives, we played with all of them”, Wilfahrt said. Bold, it could have gone one way or the other. [Tuesday] against St. Mary’s, we had big leads in several games, and I think if we had stuck with it, I think the outcome would have been different. We started to play a bit safe in Game 2. I think the positives are that they know they can play with any of those teams, it’s just now that we have to get this game. consistent and we must remain aggressive.
Sydnee Helget leads the Greyhounds in kills and blocks this season with 278 kills and 37 1/2 blocks. Lily Brennan (179 kills, 214 digs), Megan Haala (176 kills, 283 digs) and Jenna Hotovec (161 kills, 249 digs) are three other key players and forwards for the Greyhounds this season.
Attacks don’t start without a good pass and good tuning, however. Senior passer Emily Schommer, although she missed five games to start the season with injury, has accumulated 348 assists this season. She also passed the 1,000 career assists milestone this season and now has 1,163 career assists.
Annie Edwards was another top passer for the Greyhounds and filled the team well when Schommer was out. Edwards has retained a spot on the field this season and has recorded 357 assists.
Lily Franta, another senior manager who recently reached a milestone, set the school career record in the four-set loss to St. Mary’s on Tuesday. She now has 919 career digs and has 222 digs this season.
âWhen they started out as freshmen, they had lofty goals to achieve 2,000 assists and 1,000 recoveries,â he said. Wilfahrt said of his two eldest. âAnd they had to deal with injuries, a shortened season, 40s, things like that. They did a great job of readjusting those goals, understanding that the team comes first and sort of followed it, understanding that, “Hey, I can get this done, maybe I won’t get to the one. here, but I’m not going to stop working for this. ‘”
Schommer and Franta’s next goal will be to continue their senior seasons on Thursday.