Good start not enough for SE volleyballers


“It was a difficult loss, but we all learned a lot from it.” That was the comment from Sibley East volleyball coach Chip Wolverton after his team lost a five game match last Tuesday at Montgomery-Lonsdale.

The Lady Wolverines won the first two games 25-14 and 25-23 before falling 25-22, 25-19 and 15-7.

A strong finish powered Sibley East in game one as the black and gold ran off ten straight points for the victory. Wolverton said Lauren Highland served and set up some nice kills from Makenzie Petzel and Shannon Bjorklund to close out the game.

Sibley East fell behind 12-4 before rallying to win game two. Behind clutch serving from Jordan Thomes, the Wolverines closed out the second set with six straight points.

Coach Wolverton said his team “could not seem to click” in games three and four. A game three comeback would fall short and from that point on Montgomery-Lonsdale would hold the momentum. The Redbirds jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the fifth game and the Wolverines never recovered.

Petzel and Bjorklund led Sibley East with 11 kills apiece while Hailey Becker had seven winning spikes. Petzel and Becker also combined for seven blocks.

Bjorklund and Val Kloeckl led the defense with a combined 33 digs. Kloeckl was also 17 of 17 serving with three aces.

It was also a fine all-around performance for Highland. She had 31 set assists and six kills.

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Jordan, the #6 ranked team in Class AA, swept Sibley East 25-14, 25-17, 25-13 Thursday in a Minnesota River Conference (MRC) volleyball match at Gaylord.

Sibley East challenged the Jaguars in game two, leading 10-9 at one point. But, Jordan put together one of its many rallies on the night to put the game away.

Jordan was powered by the hitting of Kelsey Chambers and Paige Smith, and the serving of Emily Gutzmer and Mackenzie Kruger.

Sibley East coach Chip Wolverton highlighted the play of junior Lauren Highland saying she “played a very nice game with tons of hustle.”

Highland finished the night with 13 set assists while Val Kloeckl led all Wolverines with eight digs.

Recording kills for Sibley East were Hailey Becker, Makenzie Petzel, Shannon Bjorklund and Paige Swenson.

The loss drops Sibley East’s record to 1-3 overall and 0-1 in MRC play. The Wolverines will host Holy Family on Thursday. and Norwood Young American on Tuesday, September 21st. Sibley East will play at Dassel-Cokato on Monday.