Volleyball: STMA topples Royals 3-0

STMA's Courtney Wooters (2) and Erin Hofford (4) batted back an attack from Rogers' Joelle Stangler. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

The Rogers volleyball team was jolted from the league lead with a 3-0 loss to St. Michael-Albertville on Tuesday evening.

The Knights defused the Royals with persistent blocking at the net on the way to a 25-21, 25-21, 25-17 sweep on their home court.

Jordyn Motter (7) and Bre Westberg (11) of the Royals battled with Jennifer Olejar of the Knights. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

STMA is 4-1, Rogers 3-1 and Buffalo 2-1 in the Mississippi 8 race. Each team has six matches. STMÃ… has lost to Monticello, a 1-2 team in conference.

The Royals (11-6 overall) usually have four players punching down kills but couldn’t get much going against the Knights.

Jennifer Olejar, 5-10 middle hitter, led STMA (11-6 overall) with six blocks (four solo) while several other players had two blocks each. Olejar and Rebecca Hackenmueller had seven kills each and Brooke Dold 24 assists.

Rogers will return to STMA on Friday afternoon for a tournament.