Volleyball: Royals lose, then win 4 at STMA tournament

The Rogers Royals lost their opener but won the next four matches in a 32-team, two-day St. Michael-Albertville tournament Friday and Saturday, officially placing 17th.

Minnetonka won the championship, beating Centennial two games to one in the finals.

The Royals had outstanding serving, 243-for-249 (97.6 percent) with 19 aces, in the five matches. They had two straight matches of 100 percent – 50-for-50 (six aces) against Benilde-St. Margaret’s and 52-for-52 (three aces) against Stillwater. Maddie Schaffer was 51-for-51 (five aces), Joelle Stangler 37-for-38 (five aces), Kendra Burr 34-for-34 (three aces), Lizzy Meyer 27-for-27 (three aces), Abby Folk 46-for-47 (one ace) and Sam Kalthoff 29-for-29 (one ace).

The Royals (15-7) lost to one of the smallest schools in the state, Nevis, but defeated three of the biggest, Stillwater, Woodbury and Roseville Area, along with Benilde-St. Margaret’s.

Nevis, ranked No. 10 in Class 1A and led by a spiker, Riley Hanson, averaging 6.7 kills per game,  beat the Royals 25-22, 25-19 in the first round. Jordyn Motter and Bre Westberg had 4 kills each for Rogers and Folk 14 digs.

Later Friday, the Royals beat Benilde-St. Margaret’s  25-11, 27-25, with  Meyer plunking down 7 kills and Westberg 5, with Schaffer making 11 assists.

On Saturday, the Royals beat Stillwater 14-25, 25-21, 15-12, with Meyer making 10 kills and Westberg 6. Schaffer provided 15 assists, Folk 12 digs and Burr 11 digs.

The Royals beat Woodbury 25-16, 9-25, 15-13, as Motter made 14 kills, Folk 16 digs, Stangler 15 digs, and Kalthoff 11 assists.

In the final round, Rogers beat Roseville Area 18-25, 26-24, 15-11. Meyer and Claire Martinez had 7 kills each and Folk 28 digs.