NEW ULM - New Ulm's volleyball team started South Central Conference play off exactly how it wanted to with a 25-17, 25-10, 25-19 sweep of Fairmont in its conference opener on Thursday.
"I think coming out and dominating tonight was definitely a good way of coming out and starting conference play," New Ulm senior Chase Schewe said.
New Ulm senior Torri Botten got things going right away serving six straight points to give the Eagles an early lead. Schewe smashed two kills in a row to give New Ulm a little breathing room later in the set, and junior Kate Denney recorded a kill to give the Eagles set number one.
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New Ulm’s Bailey Hofmeister spikes the ball as Kersten Shantz (1) and Kayla Lardy (16) set up their block attempt during the Eagles’ sweep Thursday at NUHS.
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"Our setters did a great job of getting the ball up to our hitters tonight, and our hitters did a great job of putting the ball on the floor," Schewe said.
Schewe continued her offensive streak with two more kills in the second set, and Fairmont struggled with errors as New Ulm cruised in the second set 25-10.
"If we are going to compete in the South Central Conference, we are going to have serve receive better, so that other teams are not able to get those easy points," Fairmont head coach Brad Haugen said.
Fairmont's offense started to click in the third set, but it seemed every time the Cardinals worked for a hard hit, there was an Eagle there determined to keep the ball from hitting the ground. Kayla Lardy was denied multiple kills by a scrappy New Ulm defense in the third set.
"Every time we thought we were putting a good attack on it New Ulm was doing a great job of just being scrappy and not letting that ball hit the floor," Haugen said.
New Ulm senior Lizzie Rummel ended the match with a kill securing the victory for the Eagles.
Schewe and Katie Forst led the Eagles offensively with four kills each. Breanna Sieve and Forst led the defensive effort for New Ulm with 12 and 10 digs, respectively.
Fairmont was led in kills by Lardy and Courtney Mosloski with four kills apiece.
New Ulm (2-1, 1-0) plays again on Tuesday when it travels to Waseca, while Fairmont (0-2, 0-1) plays today at the Visitation Tournament.
New Ulm also won the B-squad match 25-16, 25-22. Payton Walser led the Cardinals with four kills, while Tieryn Arens added three kills.