The St. Mary's Panthers last game prior to Tuesday was September 18 against Sioux Central. Despite the nearly three week break, the girls played possibly their best game of the year in their loss to Laurens-Marathon.
The Chargers jumped out early 25-9, but St. Mary's battled from there on out as the final two games were 20-25 and 17-25.
"The girls worked really hard this match," said head coach Erin Smith. "It was probably the best volleyball we've played all year. I'm seeing a lot of things coming together for us, better communication, more aggressiveness, better anticipation. They really worked to play as a team. The score doesn't reflect a win, but I'm very proud of how they looked tonight."
Jen Dimig led St. Mary's with eight kills while Anyssa Lenhart collect four. Caitlyn White had an excellent night at the service line as she went 12 for 13 with six aces. Dimig added three as well. Ashley Miler had a strong showing with 11 assists.
The Chargers had a well rounded attack led by Shelby Heuton's seven kills. Jordan Sunblad and Amanda Zylstra added six, and Grace Christensen recorded three. Heuton and Chelsey Anderson each posted six aces Tuesday. Anderson also led the Chargers with 17 assists.
On the defensive end for St. Mary's, Melanie Snyder had a busy night with 21 digs. Cassie Todd recorded 19, and both White and Lenhart added 15. Dimig and Lenhart were also active at the net with 11 and 10 blocks to their credit.
Holly Hofmaster led the Chargers with 11 digs while Sundblad added two blocks.
St. Mary's won't have quit the same break this time as they are right back on the court Thursday night at Rockwell City. The Chargers are in action Thursday as well as they head to Newell to take on the Mustangs.