PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – Taylor Obermiller was out with shoulder pain, Lauren Holman was sidelined with headaches and Mikayla Bass was in and out of the lineup as well.
Yet the Rattlers continued to roll anyhow Saturday.
St. Mary’s secured a decisive 3-1 victory over Franklin Pierce on the final day of the Setters Fall Classic before closing out the tournament with another victory, this time over Molloy College, to finish 4-0 in the tournament.
The Rattlers (7-5) tested the depths of their depth on the day, even switching from a 6-2 scheme to a 5-1 with one of their setters, Bass (Fr., Coppell, Texas) limited. With Obermiller and Holman sidelined, they also went with a new-look interior of Kelsey Huber (So., San Antonio), Devan Hartung (So., Hondo, Texas) and Melissa Heft (So., San Antonio).
But senior setter Allie Murray (San Antonio) played the new 5-1 scheme to perfection, recording 40 assists in the victory over Franklin Pierce. The interior of their attack also held up, as Huber had a season-high 19 kills while freshman outside hitter Jenna Paul (Alvin, Texas) added 13. Heft added four block assists, as did Holman (Fr., Rowlett, Texas).
Stats from the Rattlers’ victory over Molloy were not immediately available.
St. Mary’s won the match against Franklin Pierece 25-21, 21-25, 25-16, 25-20. The Rattlers will return to Heartland Conference competition next week, when they play at Oklahoma Panhandle State at 7 p.m. Thursday in Goodwell, Okla.