St Clair Volleyball falls to Medford in 5 sets

Megan Devens with the set.

By Joe Steck – Mankato Times

ST CLAIR, MINN. — The Saint Clair Cyclones lost to the Medford Tigers in 5 sets (25-18, 22-25, 25-22, 24-26, 15-11) in a non-conference matchup Tuesday night at home. With the loss the Cyclones fall to 2-1 while the Tigers improve to 4-2.

The two teams came ready to play with

The Cyclones were down 2 games to 1 and it looked like the Tigers were going to take the 4th game, leading St. Clair 19-13, that is when Head Coach Brandon Greiner called an important time out.

“I told them we didn’t want to be down 20-13. Two nights ago we were down 23-17 and came back and won the set. I said girls, this team has fight and that is what I want to see right now and they fought all night and I am proud of them.”

The Cyclones fought their way back to win the game thanks to great team communication, movement, some big blocks by senior Megan Mettler and junior MacKenzie Kruse (the twin towers) and three monster spikes by Mettler.

Megan Mettler (6) and MacKenzie Kruse (9) celebrate after the team earned a point.

The “twin towers” are a force to be reckoned with.

“Blocking is their strength. We have Mettler out there to shut down their outside hitters, their best hitters normally and Kruse does a phenomenal job in the middle.” Said Coach Greiner

Mettler ended the night with 12 kills and Kruse had 10 blocks.

“In volleyball it isn’t about the individuals. We had a lot of digs tonight and Claire Anderson did a great job setting. She knows where I like to hit and she finds me,” said Mettler “We just seem to gel and play well together as a team. Most of the time we are down and we come back and that is when we click. It is so much fun to play with them.”

Senior Olivia Drummer had a huge night for the Cyclones with 14 kills and 23 digs and junior Cassidy Anderegg did a phenomenal job, ending the night with 31 digs.

“We mesh well together. When you get along, I think those things kind of click. You talk more and just kind of know where to go,” Mettler said “A lot of us have a lot of volleyball experience and just know what to do.”

Megan Mettler going up for a spike.

The Cyclones are coming off an impressive 26-4 season where they won the Valley Conference. They have six returning seniors, with three all-conference players, Drummer, Mettler and Michaela Karels. Their experience and team unity showed tonight, even if they did not get the win. In an earlier interview,

Drummer spoke about the team and their goals for the year.

“We are a big family where we trust each other. We are really goofy and seem to come up with new motto’s everyday – such as get-er done,” said Drummer “We have set goals of winning the conference and section and making it to State.”

Drummer, who says her favorite school subjects are biology and science, gave the rundown on a few of the underclassmen on the team.

“We have a lot of good underclassmen who can play. Sophie (Cazier) has a lot of talent in the front row, Claire (Anderson) can smoke and Cassidy is our libero and she is really fast.” Drummer concluded 

Olivia Drummer had 14 kills and 23 digs on the night.

The Cyclones play next at the Waterville Invitational on Saturday, September 9th.

 

 

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