The Mustangs cruised in the first set, taking a 25-14 victory. However, St. Mary's would turn it up a notch in the final two sets, hanging tight at 26-24 and 25-21.
"As a whole for our first game of the season, I thought we played much better than the final outcome," said St. Mary's head coach Ryan Berg. "We really battled in those final two sets and had our opportunities but just weren't able to finish. We know we have to get better at increasing our kill percentage and we have to be able to hold leads. We will keep on working at it and we will get better as the season progresses. Newell-Fonda played well also and really made us work for everything we got."
Claudia Larsen led the Mustangs in the win, totaling 10 kills and six blocks. Andrea Whitmore had nine kills and six digs, Marianna Overgaard had six kills, two blocks and was 17-of-17 serving, Andrea Christensen had two kills and tow aces, Courtney Temple had 12 assists and seven digs, and Sydney Kay had 11 assists and three digs.
The Mustangs are in action again on Thursday as they head to Southeast Webster with South Central Calhoun also in attendance. St. Mary's (0-1) is in tournament action today at Coon Rapids.