210916 sph spt Mackenzie Pettis

Mackenzie Pettis gets low to receive a serve. (Ben Camp/Southernminn.com)

Saturday morning and afternoon, the St. Peter high school gymnasium was home to six volleyball teams competing in the in-season tournament hosted by the Saints. St. Peter added three wins to their season total with a pair of victories over Nicollet and another win over New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva (NRHEG). The Saints lone loss in the tournament came at the hands of Howard Lake-Waverly-Winstead (HLWW) in their third match of the day, one that was played immediately after the win over NRHEG. The tournament format was the first to two set wins, instead of the usual three sets. When asked what it was like to host a tournament like this, senior co-captain Grace Remmert said, “I love it. It’s a lot of fun, and it’s kind of comforting being on your home floor.”

210916 sph spt Danielle Johnson

Danielle Johnson about to strike a ball on the attack. (Ben Camp/Southernminn.com)

Game 1: St. Peter defeats Nicollet 2-0 (25-12, 25-18) The Saints wasted little time downing Nicollet in their first match of the day, as they cruised to a convincing 2-0 sweep. Brooke Rehnelt led St. Peter on offense with seven kills, while Kylee Horner and Lilly Ruffin each recorded four kills. McKenna Van Zee led the team with 11 digs and added five assists in the match. The Saints also scored eight points on her serves. Mackenzie Pettis also saw success while serving, as St. Peter scored 10 points with her starting the point.

210916 sph spt Grace Remmert

Grace Remmert lifts the volleyball on a serve. (Ben Camp/Southernminn.com)

Game 2: St. Peter defeats NRHEG 2-0 (25-18, 25-9) St. Peter’s second match started fairly even, as the teams remained tied 10-10 early in the first set. The Saints started to pull away, as they took a 17-14 lead to force the Panthers to use a timeout. St. Peter then doubled up NRHEG down the stretch to take set one 25-18. In the second set, the Panthers held the early edge 3-6, but once the Saints found a rhythm, there was no turning back. St. Peter rattled off an 8-0 run to force a timeout, and when NRHEG scored a point to cut the lead to 15-9, the Saints followed with a 10-0 run, with Remmert serving to win the second set and the match. Kylee Horner led St. Peter in kills with seven, while Remmert finished with six kills, nine digs and nine assists. Van Zee once again led the team in digs with 20 in the match. “It was definitely a better game than the one before,” said Remmert. “We were all working hard and had some good kills while our back row did an awesome job communicating.”

210916 sph spt Lilly Ruffin

Lilly Ruffin rises to the high point of a set from Mallory Hartfiel. (Ben Camp/Southernminn.com)

Game 3: HLWW defeats St. Peter 2-0 (25-18, 25-15) The third match of the day for St. Peter came immediately after the win over the Panthers, as the Saints faced off against the HLWW Lakers. The opening points were even between the teams but the Lakers opened things up as the built a 20-13 lead to force a St. Peter timeout. The teams traded points down the stretch in set one as HLWW stayed ahead for the 25-18 win. Set two saw the Saints rally back, and on a long volley, a kill from Remmert put St. Peter up 9-8. Unfortunately, on the play, as she put away the point, Remmert landed awkwardly and left the game with an injury.

210916 sph spt Makenna Van Zee and Riley Rubishcko

Saints libero Makenna Van Zee bumps a ball to a teammate while Riley Rubishcko (2) positions herself in the offense. (Ben Camp/Southernminn.com)

The Lakers were able to slowly pull away down the stretch, as they built a 19-14 lead to force a Saints timeout. HLWW finished the set with a 6-1 run to win the match and set St. Peter up to once again face Nicollet. Van Zee led the way with 14 digs for the Saints, while Lilly Ruffin set the pace with six kills.

210916 sph spt Abby Maloney

Abby Maloney tips a shot past defenders. (Ben Camp/Southernminn.com)

Game 4: St. Peter defeats Nicollet 2-0 (25-14, 25-22) The final match of the day for St. Peter was a rematch against Nicollet. Despite Remmert’s absence, the Saints were able to once again defeat the Raiders.

210916 sph spt Mallory Hartfiel

Mallory Hartfiel sets the ball for a teammate. (Ben Camp/Southernminn.com)

Mallory Hartfiel took primary setter duties and finished the match with 18 assists and four kills. Horner once again led the team in kills with eight, while Van Zee again led the team in digs with 10. Keira Oeltjenbruns performed well as a server for St. Peter, as the team recorded six points on her serves. After the weekend, the Saints are now 8-2 on the season. St. Peter returns to the floor Tuesday Sept. 14 when they host New Ulm at 7:15 p.m.

210916 sph spt Mackenzie Pettis

Mackenzie Pettis gets low to receive a serve. (Ben Camp/Southernminn.com)

Saturday morning and afternoon, the St. Peter high school gymnasium was home to six volleyball teams competing in the in-season tournament hosted by the Saints. St. Peter added three wins to their season total with a pair of victories over Nicollet and another win over New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva (NRHEG).

The Saints lone loss in the tournament came at the hands of Howard Lake-Waverly-Winstead (HLWW) in their third match of the day, one that was played immediately after the win over NRHEG.

The tournament format was the first to two set wins, instead of the usual three sets.

When asked what it was like to host a tournament like this, senior co-captain Grace Remmert said, “I love it. It’s a lot of fun, and it’s kind of comforting being on your home floor.”

210916 sph spt Danielle Johnson

Danielle Johnson about to strike a ball on the attack. (Ben Camp/Southernminn.com)

Game 1: St. Peter defeats Nicollet 2-0 (25-12, 25-18)

The Saints wasted little time downing Nicollet in their first match of the day, as they cruised to a convincing 2-0 sweep.

Brooke Rehnelt led St. Peter on offense with seven kills, while Kylee Horner and Lilly Ruffin each recorded four kills.

McKenna Van Zee led the team with 11 digs and added five assists in the match. The Saints also scored eight points on her serves.

Mackenzie Pettis also saw success while serving, as St. Peter scored 10 points with her starting the point.

210916 sph spt Grace Remmert

Grace Remmert lifts the volleyball on a serve. (Ben Camp/Southernminn.com)

Game 2: St. Peter defeats NRHEG 2-0 (25-18, 25-9)

St. Peter’s second match started fairly even, as the teams remained tied 10-10 early in the first set. The Saints started to pull away, as they took a 17-14 lead to force the Panthers to use a timeout.

St. Peter then doubled up NRHEG down the stretch to take set one 25-18.

In the second set, the Panthers held the early edge 3-6, but once the Saints found a rhythm, there was no turning back. St. Peter rattled off an 8-0 run to force a timeout, and when NRHEG scored a point to cut the lead to 15-9, the Saints followed with a 10-0 run, with Remmert serving to win the second set and the match.

Kylee Horner led St. Peter in kills with seven, while Remmert finished with six kills, nine digs and nine assists.

Van Zee once again led the team in digs with 20 in the match.

“It was definitely a better game than the one before,” said Remmert. “We were all working hard and had some good kills while our back row did an awesome job communicating.”

210916 sph spt Lilly Ruffin

Lilly Ruffin rises to the high point of a set from Mallory Hartfiel. (Ben Camp/Southernminn.com)

Game 3: HLWW defeats St. Peter 2-0 (25-18, 25-15)

The third match of the day for St. Peter came immediately after the win over the Panthers, as the Saints faced off against the HLWW Lakers.

The opening points were even between the teams but the Lakers opened things up as the built a 20-13 lead to force a St. Peter timeout. The teams traded points down the stretch in set one as HLWW stayed ahead for the 25-18 win.

Set two saw the Saints rally back, and on a long volley, a kill from Remmert put St. Peter up 9-8. Unfortunately, on the play, as she put away the point, Remmert landed awkwardly and left the game with an injury.

210916 sph spt Makenna Van Zee and Riley Rubishcko

Saints libero Makenna Van Zee bumps a ball to a teammate while Riley Rubishcko (2) positions herself in the offense. (Ben Camp/Southernminn.com)

The Lakers were able to slowly pull away down the stretch, as they built a 19-14 lead to force a Saints timeout. HLWW finished the set with a 6-1 run to win the match and set St. Peter up to once again face Nicollet.

Van Zee led the way with 14 digs for the Saints, while Lilly Ruffin set the pace with six kills.

210916 sph spt Abby Maloney

Abby Maloney tips a shot past defenders. (Ben Camp/Southernminn.com)

Game 4: St. Peter defeats Nicollet 2-0 (25-14, 25-22)

The final match of the day for St. Peter was a rematch against Nicollet. Despite Remmert’s absence, the Saints were able to once again defeat the Raiders.

210916 sph spt Mallory Hartfiel

Mallory Hartfiel sets the ball for a teammate. (Ben Camp/Southernminn.com)

Mallory Hartfiel took primary setter duties and finished the match with 18 assists and four kills. Horner once again led the team in kills with eight, while Van Zee again led the team in digs with 10.

Keira Oeltjenbruns performed well as a server for St. Peter, as the team recorded six points on her serves.

After the weekend, the Saints are now 8-2 on the season. St. Peter returns to the floor Tuesday Sept. 14 when they host New Ulm at 7:15 p.m.

Reach Reporter Ben Camp at 931-8566 or follow him on Twitter @SPHvalleysports. © Copyright 2021 APG Media of Southern Minnesota. All rights reserved.

Reach Reporter Ben Camp at 931-8566 or follow him on Twitter @SPHvalleysports. © Copyright 2021 APG Media of Southern Minnesota. All rights reserved.

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