"This was definitely a hard-fought battle," said St. Mary's head coach Ryan Berg. "There were a lot of long rallies and we had to work really hard to pull out a win. River Valley was very scrappy and battled all the way to the end. Some strong serving and timely hitting helped us pull out some close games. Playing some pressure-packed, tight games will hopefully help prepare us for the upcoming conference tournament and regional play."
The Panthers were led by Jasmine Demers, who totaled 18 kills in 59 attempts. She added seven digs and two aces on 11-of-11 serving. Renae Drey had 12 kills and two digs, Ashley Lullmann had five kills, 29 assists, two digs and eight aces, Maddie Laven had two kills, 11 digs and eight aces, Paige Carson had four kills, four assists and five digs, and Rachel Todd had eight digs.
The Panthers sit at 10-11 overall and 4-5 in Twin Lakes play. They host Alta-Aurelia tonight.