Streaking Saints send MHS to loser-out match

JAMESTOWN – It’s been more than three weeks since the St. Mary’s volleyball team has taken a loss.

Minot wasn’t able to change that on Thursday night.

St. Mary’s hitters went to work early and often, breezing by Minot 25-16, 25-13, 25-15 in the opening round of the West Region tournament at Jamestown High School.

The Saints (22-9) meet Bismarck Century in today’s semifinal at around 8 p.m. Minot (14-21) plays Williston in a loser-out match at 4 p.m.

The last time St. Mary’s lost was Oct. 22, in a sweep against Jamestown. Since that time, its beaten Bismarck High and Century.

“It’s been a little while,” said senior Katelyn Schaffner with a big smile. “We’re on a streak right now. We have really good chemistry. We support each other in our ups and downs. That keeps us steady at a good, solid rate.”

Schaffner had a match-high nine kills, and Kaylyn Herold and Mary Roller each contributed seven. Roller also had 10 digs and three aces.

St. Mary’s coach Amy Heuer said at least one of those three hitters is usually on and when they all are, senior setter Allie Reisenauer has a plethora of options.

“It’s helpful that Allie has several choices of where to put the ball,” Heuer said. “If one is having a tough night, somebody else is stepping up and filling their shoes. They work well together as a group.”

Minot was never in the match, letting St. Mary’s build big leads right away. The Saints led 9-3 in set one, 10-4 in set two and 15-3 in the final set.

Brooke Suko had four kills and two aces for the Majettes. Senior setter Ashley Gathman added 11 digs and 10 assists.