The Schaller-Crestland Wildcats traveled to Storm Lake Tuesday night as they swept the St. Mary's Panthers 25-4, 25-5, and 25-9 in their season debut.
"Schaller-Crestland had a good read on our floor tonight," said Panthers' head coach Erin Smith. "They kept us off balance with some strong hitting."
The Wildcats were in dominant form offensively, led by Katie Murra's seven kills and three aces. Chelsea and Egypt Clayton were right behind with six apiece, and Roxanne Grundmeier had four to her credit. Sydney Shell kept the offense flowing with 13 assists.
Countering the Schaller-Crestland attack and leading the Panthers defensively were Melanie Snyder with 18 digs and Anyssa Lenhart with 14. Jen Dimig had seven blocks on Tuesday and Lenhart added five of her own.
"I saw some of the best volleyball I've seen our girls play this year in regards to digging," said Smith.
Leading Schaller-Crestland defensively was Grundmeier who had eight digs and a block on the night. Alyssa Drey added four digs to go with her three aces.
In the end, a veteran Wildcat team proved to be too much for the St. Mary's squad. "The credit really goes to Schaller-Crestland tonight," said Smith. "They played a good game all the way around."
The unbeaten Wildcats will head to the Rockwell City volleyball tournament this weekend where they will meet the likes of Alta and Galva-Holstein. Meanwhile, the Panthers continue their quest for their first win as they travel to Alta Thursday night.