The Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinal volleyball team came out swinging in a match against Class A Garretson Blue Dragons on Tuesday, October 8th, but the Blue Dragons were able to survive the early rally and win the match.
The Cardinals jumped out to an early lead in the first set. Every time Garretson closed within a point or two, St Mary had an answer. The Cardinals took the first set of the match by a score of 25-19.
The second set was back and forth early, but the Blue Dragons eventually took the lead. St Mary was able to pull within a point a couple of times in the set, but Garretson pulled away for the win at 25-19 to even the match.
Garretson seemed to start to take momentum away from St Mary after winning the second set. They were able to build leads in the third and fourth sets that the Cardinals could not overcome. The Blue Dragons won the third set by a score of 25-18 and then won the fourth set at 25-14 to win the match.
Courtney Brown had a team high 11 kills. Tyra Harrington had nine kills, and Ella Heinitz finished with seven kills. E. Heinitz also had 13 set assists and 18 digs. Ella Griffin finished with 11 set assists and 15 digs. Brown added 17 digs and two ace serves. Maya Heinitz also finished with 16 digs.
St Mary (7-10) will host Arlington on Thursday, October 10th in the battle of the Cardinals. The match can be seen on Big Sioux Media.