"The girls did a great job on serve receive and passing was a strength," said Alta-Aurelia head coach Jennifer Keitges. "The girls got the balls up allowing Kelsi Snyder to have 19 assists on the night. Erica Lockin did a tremendous job on defense. The girls had been looking forward to this game all season, and their hard work really paid off."
"Our achilles heel continues to be consistency," said St. Mary's head coach Ryan Berg. "We played well in the two sets we won, but we just didn't pass the ball well enough to win in the other sets. Alta-Aurelia deserved to win. They have really improved this year and they play hard and with lots of passion."
Katie Turnquist led the Warriors, totaling seven kills in 21 attempts. She added 16 digs and two aces. Jenna Snyder had six kills and 11 digs, Tayler Rohwer had six kills, two digs and a block, Kelsi Snyder had four kills, 19 assists, 19 digs and four aces, Lockin had 29 digs and two aces, Micah Barnes had four kills and nine digs, and Valerie Hernandez had four aces.
The Warriors had 30 kills to 15 errors and totaled 14 aces on 81-of-93 (87%) serving.
The Panthers, hosting senior night, were led by Jasmine Demers' 14 kills. She added eight digs and two aces. Ashley Lullmann had five kills, 16 assists and five aces, leading the St. Mary's serving barrage in the second game as she finished 20-of-21 on the night. Renae Drey had four kills and a pair of digs, Maddie Laven had three kills, four assists and 12 digs, Paige Carlson had a kill, an assist, nine digs, a block and two aces, Rachel Todd had 10 digs, and Mary Rose Timko had eight.
St. Mary's had 28 kills to 20 errors. They were 77-of-85 (91%) serving with 10 aces.
The win by Alta-Aurelia wrapped up a fourth-place finish in the Twin Lakes Conference with a 5-5 record in league play and 16-16 overall. St. Mary's finished eighth at 4-6 in the league and 10-12 overall. South Central Calhoun swept the conference title with a 10-0 finish in league play and 26-9 overall. East Sac was second at 9-1 and Laurens-Marathon third at 8-2. Newell-Fond was seventh at 4-6 and Sioux Central ninth, also at 4-6.
The teams now gear up for the Twin Lakes Conference tournament to be held next Tuesday and Thursday.
The Panthers find themselves in Pool B in Lake View with East Sac, Manson Northwest Webster and Pocahontas Area. The Warriors sit in Pool C in Laurens with the Chargers and Sioux Central.
Play begins at 5:30PM on Tuesday. Tournament finals will begin at 4:30PM on Thursday.