By Jake Schroer
Crow River News Sports
A loss is never a good way to begin a season. However, the STMA Knights volleyball girls at least walked away from Thursday’s opening match knowing they put up a fight. However, this was not enough to earn victory in any set, as the girls lost 3-0 to the Skippers.
“The girls played hard throughout the match, but Minnetonka executed a little better and managed to get a couple runs in the second and third set that broke those games open,” head coach Ryan Dehnel said. STMA lost a close first set 25-21, but the next two went decisively to Minnetonka, 25-14 and 25-15.
Despite the loss, there were some bright spots. Dehnel praised his team for battling against “a high-quality opponent” and doing some things well. He noted that playing a team like Minnetonka helped the girls figure out some things that need improvement in practice as well as prepare them for other high-level opponents on the schedule.
“Now we get to prepare for our home opener with Chisago Lakes next Thursday,” Dehnel said.
Junior middle-hitter Maddie Albrecht led the Knights offensively with eight kills, hitting .429, Dehnel said. Senior middle-hitter Courtney Wooters also played well, notching six kills and four blocks, which led the Knights. Other standouts included junior Malissa LeClaire, who recorded 21 assists, and junior Freya Macari-Hanson, who had five kills and 10 digs.
The action picks up again when the Lady Knights face Chisago Lakes tonight at 7 p.m. at STMA High School.