Warriors Win Three of Four Matches in Tourney

The Waldorf College volleyball team completed its third straight sweep of the weekend, rolling to victories over St. Olaf College and Bethany Lutheran College during the St. Olaf College/Carleton College Invitational on Saturday.

The Warriors (3-6) topped St. Olaf (2-2) by scores of 25-23, 25-14, 25-22 in their first match of the day.

“We came out very focused and with a ton of energy right out of the gate,” Waldorf coach Paul Meyer said. “We wanted to set the tone defensively and it was a battle in the first set due to St. Olaf’s offense playing very well.”

Pulling out the win in the tightly-contested first set generated momentum for the Warriors.

“Winning the close first set was a huge confidence boost for us that carried into the rest of the match,” Meyer said. “We were able to establish our middles, opening up our whole offense. This was a big win for us.”

Sophomore Abby Buehler keyed Waldorf’s attack with 13 kills and sophomore Kendra Stokke connected for nine kills.

Waldorf freshman Briley Sullivan turned in team-highs with 11 digs and two ace serves.

Senior Courtney Palmer recorded nine digs and four kills for the Warriors. Sophomore Megan Perkins added eight digs and three kills.

Waldorf freshmen Jessica Denholm and Nicole Stedje handed out 16 and 12 assists, respectively.

Stokke came away with two solo blocks. Junior Genie Payne and Stokke contributed three block assists each.

The Warriors cruised to a 25-14, 25-19, 25-16 win over Bethany Lutheran (1-3) in their final weekend match. They limited the Vikings to a .049 hitting percentage.

“We continued our outstanding play against Bethany Lutheran,” Meyer said. “Defensively, we played one of our best matches of the year.”

Palmer and Payne led Waldorf with eight kills apiece. Buehler provided seven kills and Stokke finished with four kills.

Freshman Isabelle Rothbauer notched three ace serves to go along with three kills. Perkins added two aces, six digs and three kills.

Sullivan and Palmer recorded eight digs each.

Denholm turned in 17 assists and Stedje closed out the match with 13 assists.

Waldorf travels to Aberdeen, S.D. next Friday for a 6 p.m. matchup against Mount Marty College and then plays Presentation College at 7:30 p.m. The Warriors face Dakota State University on Saturday at Madison, S.D. at 3 p.m.

Winning three of four matches in the St. Olaf/Carleton Invitational was a positive step forward for Waldorf.

“It was a great team effort,” Meyer said. “Even after a tough start on Friday, it was a solid overall tournament.”