The Princeton volleyball team picked up its second win of the season by sweeping host Becker in three games in the Sept. 3 non-conference match: 25-20, 25-22, 25-21. The Tigers served at a 91 percent rate that night, led by Beth Scharber’s 19-for-20 serving with eight aces.
“Beth was dominating at the serving line. She also was pretty dominating at the net defensively, getting tons of touches and ending the night with five solo ace blocks. She was on fire,” noted Tiger Coach Mary Patnode. “We need this every match.”
Leading in kills were Jaydee Green with seven and Hailey Mattson with four. Green, Taylor Sleen and Miranda Fredrick led in the passing game, and Charity Hanson set up 18 assists. Melinda Meyer added 16-for-16 serving.
“Overall, I was very pleased with our play. I think the girls are just going to get better and better each match, and they are a fun group to watch. A great ‘W’ for Princeton Tiger Volleyball,” Patnode added.
• Two nights later, Princeton hosted North Branch for the Mississippi 8 opener for both squads. The Vikings, coming off a 20-win 2012 season, went on to take the match in four: 25-13, 24-26, 25-19, 25-11.
“Did North Branch play scrappy! Jaydee had 11 kills last night, but against a different defense, she would have normally racked up 20. They dug up everything…they did not let a ball drop. The Vikings are a great team,” Patnode said.
NB’s Courtney Selbitschka helped put away Game one with two aces and served out a string for a 15-4 lead. Maddy Kunshier came through with a three pack of kills to keep the lead, and Selbitschka added another ace to make it 24-13.
Game two was a good back and forth game. Princeton took an early 9-6 lead with Katie Gallentine and Hanson providing blocks. The Vikings worked back to lead by as much as 21-17. Green then served the Tigers back ahead 22-21 (three aces in the string), then her kill made it 25-24.
The Vikings’ Katy Truck supplied leadership and big digs to lead to the wins in the final two games. Green finished the night 21-of-23 in serving with six aces, and Hanson closed with 24 assists. Mattson added eight kills and a solo block.
Mississippi 8 Volleyball: Buffalo 2-0, 4-0; North Branch 1-0, 4-0; Monticello 1-0, 6-2; St. Michael-Alb. 1-0, 3-4; Cambridge-Isanti 1-1, 3-2; Big Lake 0-1, 4-2; Rogers 0-1, 5-3; St. Francis 0-1, 3-5; Chisago Lakes 0-1, 3-5; Princeton 0-1, 2-2.