Knights beat Magic in five sets, North Branch in three

By Jake Schroer

Crow River News Sports


The Lady Knights volleyball team tussled with the Monticello Magic in a tough match which spanned the maximum five sets.

After winning the first set convincingly, the Knights lost the next two by identical 25-23 scores, sets that head coach Ryan Dehnel said they could have won. Trailing two sets to one, STMA needed adjustments.

“We made a couple serving adjustments into the fourth set, and between that and a little increase in energy, the girls got back in control of the match,” Dehnel said. The girls won the fourth and fifth sets to take the match and improve to 6-4.

Leading the girls in stats were Freya Macari-Hanson (19 kills and 2 aces), Malissa LeClaire (55 assists), Kate Drimel (33 digs), and Courtney Wooters (4.5 blocks).

Knights sweep North Branch

North Branch was the next destination for the Knights volleyball team. The match was, in Dehnel’s words, “one of the most complete matches we’ve played in the past few years.”

Dehnel said that once his team got familiar with North Branch’s servers, the girls locked in.

“We have talked a lot about eliminating unforced errors, and we did a terrific job of that in every phase of the game,” he said. He also called it a great team effort overall.

Stats leaders were Kukalski (12 kills and 1.5 blocks), Wooters (10 kills), LeClaire (33 assists, 3 aces), and Drimel (22 digs).

The Knights played at Delano on Tuesday and they play at home against Princeton tonight.