NEW ULM - Lisa Helget led all players with 11 kills as New Ulm Cathedral swept Nicollet 25-21, 25-19, 27-25 in a Section 2A, North Sub-Section playoff volleyball game Monday.
Helget started off her dominant performance on the first play of the match with a big kill to give the Greyhounds an early lead.
Trailing 7-2, Nicollet was able to put together a 6-1 run to tie the first set at 8-8, but Cathedral pulled away at the end of the set to win 25-21.
Nicollet started the second set with a serve in the net which led to a 6-0 run for Cathedral, and the Greyhounds would never relinquish the lead as they went on to win set two 25-19.
With its back against the wall, Nicollet looked like a team fighting to keep its season alive in the third set.
The Raiders led by six points two separate times in the third set, but they let Cathedral claw its way back both times. Helget had back-to-back kills to end the match and Nicollet's season.
"It feels amazing to get this win, because we haven't won a playoff game for 10 years and to finally break that curse is just the greatest feeling in the world," Helget said.
Cathedral was led in digs by Karlee Pfaff with nine, while Kristen Mohr had eight digs and eight kills.
Paige Pautzke led the Greyhounds with 29 set assists.
"It's been nice having Paige there for all these years," Helget said. "She knows how I want the ball and she is always getting it there where I need it, so I can smack it down."
No stats were available for Nicollet.
"We followed our gameplan perfectly," Nicollet head coach Judy Radke said. "The girls did everything I asked them to do today."
The Greyhounds (13-12) move on to play at Springfield on Thursday in the Section 2A North Sub-Section quarterfinals. Nicollet ends the season at 8-15.