Vernon, TX- Saturday morning saw the Laredo College Palominos come out quickly in set one and not look back as they defeated the Grizzlies 3-0 (25-9, 25-15, 25-17) to start the day.
The Grizzlies were unable to penetrate the Palomino defense tallying only 19 kills in the match while totaling 17 errors. Amalie Rupertova led in kills with five while adding 13 digs. Sydney Scanlon finished the match with 15 set assists and 11 digs while Montana Soderberg tallied 14 digs through the three sets. Rupertova, Morgan Bryand and Keera Parks all finished with two blocks a piece.
"As a team we talk about how if we can win the serve and pass game, we will win matches. Against Laredo we lost both. Being consistent over time is something we emphasize as a team daily. When comparing yesterday's matches to today's, we were not consistent over time. We plan to learn from the match and keep moving forward," commented coach Lechtenberg after the match.
In game two on the day and final game of the tournament, the Grizzlies took on Lee College (TX). They jumped out quickly on the Lady Rebels taking set one with a final score of 25-16. The Rebels would answer after a tight back and forth set defeating the Grizzlies 25-23 in set two.
The Lady Rebels continued to roll throughout the match while the Grizzlies couldn't get all phases of the game to click at the same time. The Rebels took set three from the Grizzlies 25-21 and finished the match with a 25-19 win in set number four defeating Butler 3-1.
Morgan Bryand finished the match with a team leading 12 kills while adding five digs and two blocks. Montana Soderberg led the team with digs and 17 followed by Amalie Rupertova with 16 digs. Rupertova also added in seven kills and had three aces in the game and Soderberg added in two of her own. Milayna Hollinger recorded eight blocks to go along with her five kills.
The Grizzlies will begin conference play this week on Wednesday, August 28 with their home opener hosting Seward County at 6:30pm. Last year, Seward won the conference finishing with a perfect 16-0 record and defeating the Grizzlies in straight sets both matchups during the season. The Saints went on to a 4th place finish at NJCAA Nationals.