The Panthers opened by topping Paton-Churdan (21-15, 21-19) and followed with a win over Adair Casey (21-13, 21-10). Match three saw them top Iowa Christian (21-17, 21-13) and they would then top the hosts from Coon Rapids in the semis (25-16, 27-25).
"We had an excellent day," said St. Mary's head coach Ryan Berg. "We played with much more consistency and did a much better job of getting balanced hitting. I was also pleased with how we never lost focus if we got behind. We overcame deficits of four, five, or even six points to go on and win. We also held leads and came through in pressure situations to win tight games. We didn't play poorly in the championship, Adair just played much better than the first match we played them. Getting second place in this tournament was quite the accomplishment and I know our girls are proud of how well they played. Hopefully this will give us confidence going forward."
Renae Drey led the way against Paton-Churdan will six kills. Ashley Lullman had 11 assists and five aces. In the first match against Adair, Jasmine Demers led with nine kills and three aces. Demers had eight kills and three aces against Iowa Christian, and Lullman had 16 assists. Demers had seven kills against Coon-Rapids and Lullman 14 assists and five aces. In the championship round, Demers had seven kills and four digs. Maddie Laven had two kills and five aces. Lullman 14 assists and four kills, and Rachel Todd and Drey had two kills apiece.
St. Mary's moves to 4-2 on the year after the weekend stint. The Panthers are at home tonight to take on Ruthven-Ayrshire.