The M State volleyball team got its season started on a positive note as it went 4-0 in the Minnesota Collegiate Athletic Conference Crossover Tournament on Friday and Saturday.

On Friday, the Spartans swept past both Rainy River and Hibbing.

In their match against Rainy River, M State won 25-18, 25-21, 25-18.

A strong serving effort saw the Spartans record 12 aces with Alexis Heisler (5) and Alexa Mortenson (3) leading the way. Taylor Berndt (18) and Bailey Marty (16) led the team in digs.

The Spartans edged Hibbing in three sets 25-23, 25-17, 26-24.

Hannah Eske (8) led the Spartans in kills, while teammates Mortenson and Katherine Mastey each had seven in the win.

In Saturday’s matches, the Spartans defeated Central Lakes and Mesabi Range.

The Raiders prevented a clean sweep for the Spartans as M State took the match in five sets 25-22, 25-21, 20-25, 23-25, 22-20.

The Spartans saw a strong defensive effort from Berndt (26), Heisler (21), Sydney Hovland (19) and Marty (18) as they led the team in digs, while Mastey notched 10 kills in the win.

In their final match of the tournament, the Spartans downed Mesabi Range 25-15, 25-18, 25-19.

Mastey led the team with 16 kills, while Marty recorded four aces and 21 digs in the win.

“This was a great way to open our season,” Spartans head coach Abby Crowser said. “The first day the team was able to get comfortable with one another and into a rhythm that led them into the second day. Beating Central Lakes was huge for us, especially this early on in the season. Going 4-0 on the tournament was very satisfying. I’m looking forward to seeing what all this team is going to accomplish.”

The Spartans will now travel to the Chaparral Invite in Illinois for four matches Friday, Aug. 30 and Saturday, Aug. 31.

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