Hailey Maas

Hailey Maas had six kills and seven digs against Wrenshall.

The McGregor Mercury volleyball season started strong in their match against Wrenshall Sept. 5 at McGregor.

The Mercs took game one 25-20, but lost the next three. Game one was a closely fought battle with six ties and six lead changes.

The score was knotted at 8 when Brooklyn Alt served 5 consecutive points, including an ace serve and a kill. However, the Wrens rallied to tie the score at 13. A pair of ace serves from freshman Jayden Biros put the Mercs ahead for good. Emma Arnold and Hailey Maas added kills to finish off the Wrens.

Wrenshall jumped out to a 10-3 lead in game two and never looked back, winning 25-10. A 7-1 Wrenshall run in game three propelled the visitors to a 25-14 win.

Game four was nearly a repeat of game one with the Mercs holding a two-three point lead most of the game. Two kills by Arnold and one by Maas gave the Mercs a 15-11 lead. After a side-out point, the Wrens followed with three ace serves evening the score at 20. The game was tied again at 23 and then at 24, but the Wrens managed the final two points and a 26-24 victory.

Unofficially, Alt finished with 10 kills, Maas added six kills and seven digs while Arnold had eight digs. Twelve service errors contributed to the Mercs’ demise. The 3-0 Wrens held a 23-17 kill advantage.

“I was proud of how we battled in the first and fourth sets. Our communication broke down a little in sets two and three,” said coach Jenna Geyen.

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