LAURENS - The St. Mary's volleyball team ventured to Laurens Thursday night, and they fell to a tough Charger squad in three straight games with scores of 25-15, 25-23, 25-21.
"After the first game we began to play much better," said St. Mary's head coach Ryan Berg. "Laurens is a much-improved team from a year ago and they have a balanced lineup. I was proud of how be battled them tightly in those final two games. We were just a break or two away from winning a game or two. We had some strong serving and blocked better than recent games. Our hitting also improved. We need to continue playing hard and improving as we are now in the final stretch of the season."
Jasmine Demers led the Panthers with 13 kills on 35 attempts. She added three digs and three blocks. Paige Carlson had four kills and four digs, Renae Drey had four kills and two assists, Ashley Lullmann had 20 assists, seven aces and four digs, Maddie Lave had five digs, and Mary Timko had five digs and two aces.
Brooke Runneberg led the Chargers with 12 kills on 28 attempts. She added three blocks. Carly Lampe had 11 kills, four digs and seven aces, Caitlyn Heuton had eight kills and five digs, Briley Sullivan had seven kills and 19 digs, Kaitlyn Pinney had 30 assists and eight digs, and Lauren Link had three kills, five assists and five digs.
The Panthers fall to 9-11 on the season and 4-5 in Twin Lakes play. They head too River Valley Monday and host Alta-Aurelia on Thursday. The Chargers now sit at 17-5 and will be in action at the Estherville-Lincoln Central tournament today.