ST. CROIX FALLS—“That's the story of our season,” commented Coach Stefanie Janssen, following the loss to the Saints last Tuesday night.
“We played really tough and then the other team comes back. We got down and battled back, but it wasn't quite enough.”
The game scores were 25-15, 27-25 and 25-16, in favor of the Saints.
Webster got down early in game one, trailing at one point 11-1 and then the Saints extended the lead to 16-3.
The Tigers were not going down without a fight as they narrowed the Saint's lead slightly to 20-10.
Game one, though, ultimately belonged to the Saints, they won by 10.
After being tied at four, St. Croix went up by four at 8-4, but the Tigers got back into the game, tying it at 8 and moving out to take an 18-15 advantage.
St. Croix found the gaps they needed and tied the game at 18.
The Tigers did have a set point opportunity at 24-22, but the Saints clawed back to tie the game at 25 and take game two by two.
Webster jumped out to a 6-2 advantage in game three, but the Saints went on a 9-0 run to go up 11-6.
SCF allowed a single Tiger point and then scored six.
After that point, the teams were basically even for the remainder of the game.
Summer Winkler had 13 kills for the Tigers with two aces, an assist and 11 digs.
Kaitlyn Lee had 10 assists.
“Serve receive errors really put us in a tough spot tonight,” continued Coach Janssen. The girls really pulled together in the second game and played some great volleyball, but we gave SCF too many opportunities due to unforced errors.”
After playing Siren on Tuesday, the Tigers host Frederic on Thursday and then prepare for the playoffs which begin next Tuesday.