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Mt. Lake, MN 56159
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Mt. Lake Area won just two times during the 2014 volleyball season. After one match in 2015, they’ve already reached half of last year’s total. In Thursday’s season opener, the Wolverines started strong, then fought off adversity to finish strong in a 3-1 victory at Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s. MLA opened the match with good offensive balance at the net, winning the first two sets in tight fashion, 25- 20 and 25-18. St. Mary’s battled back in the third set, taking a string of points off long rallies before closing out the game 25-23. But the Wolverines shook off the loss, battling back to hold off a late St. Mary’s surge. “The girls really did a nice job staying strong and battling through the long rallies,” MLA Coach Cheri Hanson said. “We blocked pretty effectively through the first two games, and we stayed mentally tough after losing the third game to finish with a win. “In the third set, they got on a roll and we struggled to receive serve. They had some tough servers, but we fought hard.” MLA’s balanced night at the net was led by senior Carmen Syverson, who finished with eight kills. She also had a solo block, and led the back-row defense with 14 digs. Brook Sunderman finished with seven kills. Carly Paulson and Marta Stoesz each added five kills. Marta Stoesz led MLA at the service line, going 18- of-19 with four aces. Signey Stoesz was 19-of-20 with an ace

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