NEW ULM - The New Ulm volleyball team won't see a tougher opponent than they did on Tuesday night, and they know that.
The Eagles hosted Marshall, the defending state champions in Class AA and the current No. 1 team in the state at that level. The Tigers breezed past the Eagles, 25-10, 25-9, 25-6 in nonconference action.
The Tigers featured a number of big hitters up front, the dominant one being Kenzie Beekman, who will play at Southwest Minnesota State University next year. Beekman led the Tigers with 18 kills as the Tigers (15-3) won in just 46 minutes.
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New Ulm’s Ellie Schneider (15) spikes the ball and Sydney Griffin (2) of Marshall sets up a block during the first set of the match Tuesday at NUHS.
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"The girls know what Marshall brings," New Ulm coach Lauren Hoffmann said.?"I haven't seen them, but I've heard that they were very good, so we were mentally prepared that we were going to be hit at a lot harder."
While the scores looked pretty lopsided, New Ulm did compete with the Tigers at in the first and second sets.
"The goal was to keep up with them," Hoffmann said.?"It's not like we played bad at all, they're very happy with what they did and even though the score doesn't show it, we were excited that we were starting to catch on."
The Eagles trailed 7-6 in the first set thanks to some Marshall hitting errors that allowed the Eagles to stay close. But Beekman came to the rescue, helping her squad pull away in both the first and second sets with a variety of kills and tips.
"We had to try to figure out where they were hitting and block it, if you don't get a hand on it, it's going to be going hard at you," Hoffmann said.?
The third set didn't go as well for the Eagles managed only six points.
Alley Grejtak finished with three kills and two ace serves and Chase Schewe had two kills. Brianna Sieve finished with 18 digs and Tori Botten had five set assists.
New Ulm (8-9-1) is at Blue Earth Area on Thursday for a South Central Conference battle.