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.
STMA is 4-1, Rogers 3-1 and Buffalo 2-1 in the Mississippi 8 race. Each team has six matches. STMÅ 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.