EagleHerald/Brian Bell STAA's Alexa Pristelski blocks a ball against Lena on Tuesday in Marinette.
EagleHerald/Brian Bell STAA's Alexa Pristelski blocks a ball against Lena on Tuesday in Marinette.

MARINETTE — The St. Thomas Aquinas Academy volleyball team lost a couple of close games to Lena on Tuesday night and the Wildcats went home with a 3-1 victory. 

STAA struggled out of the gate in game one and wound up losing 25-17 and after trailing 18-9 in game two, the Cavallette’s came back to tie things up at 18, forcing Lena into a timeout. 

After the timeout, the game went back and forth with no team able to gain total control of the game until the Wildcats went on a little run to and took a 24-21 lead. STAA came back again and tied it up at 24, but Lena won the next two points to take game two 26-24. 

The Cavallette’s took an early 6-2 in game three but Lena kept fighting and came back to tie it up at 7. The game went back and forth from there until it was tied at 12 with the serve back to STAA and the team went on a run and eventually led 23-17. The Wildcats wouldn’t go away and the score to within three at 24-21, but STAA closed the game out and took game three 25-22. 

Lena jumped out to a big 12-3 lead in the fourth gameand the Cavallette’s never got within seven again as the Wildcats were able to close it out and take the last game 25-17.

“Hats off to Lena, they’ve really improved and have been working hard this season and you could tell they were ready to go,” STAA coach Katie Benson said. “I’m proud of my team, unfortunately we had too many unforced errors. We tried to be aggressive in our offense and when we do that errors will happen, but I wouldn’t have wanted to play any different.

“We’ll just have to get back to practice tomorrow at 6 a.m. and work on our hitting.”

Livia Benson led STAA with 14 assists, 10 digs and six aces, Kianna Bulin had nine digs, eight assists and eight kills, Alexa Pristelski finished with nine kills and six assists, Lily Lefebvre had nine digs and Halle Beranek chipped in eight digs, three assists, three kills and three aces. 

For Lena, Maddy Herald had 11 assists and six digs, Meckenna Portier had 10 digs, four kills and three aces and Lilia Shallow finished her night with five kills and a block.