Volleyball: Stillwater wins SEC opener


WOODBURY — It was an adventurous, but successful Suburban East Conference opener for the Stillwater volleyball team on Tuesday at East Ridge.

The Ponies rallied from behind to pull out a 3-2 victory. Stillwater (1-0 SEC, 5-3) overcame the loss of senior captain Savannah Sprenger to a knee injury midway through Game 1 to prevail by scores of 25-22, 20-25, 24-26, 25-13 and 15-10.

“We didn’t foresee the injury of course, but to come out and win that one in five was impressive,” Ponies coach Bob Fisher said. “I was so proud of this bunch of girls. They all stepped up from top to bottom, from A to Z, they all picked up their game and added to their existing role on the team. It was truly a team effort.”

Olivia Wetsch served an ace to set up match point in the fifth and deciding game and unleashed another strong serve the Raptors could not get back over the net as the Ponies prevailed against a team that eliminated them in five games in the section tournament a year ago.

Autumn Nyenhuis led a balanced Ponies attack with 16 kills and Amelia Nora followed with 10 kills. Susan Evans and Janae Momcilovich spread the ball around while collecting 28 and 13 set assists.

“Even the balls she didn’t kill really gave (East Ridge) fits from the right side,” Fisher said of Nora. “Our two senior setters really distributed the ball. There was nobody with a huge amount of kills, but the setters did a good job of distributing the ball and the two Stephs (Houle and Dietrich) are always strong in the middle.”