PARK HILLS — The Mineral Area volleyball team was forced to reload at the net this season after losing its leading attacker and two experienced middle hitters to graduation.
Hanna Glastetter did her best to ease that transition on Tuesday night, recording team highs with seven kills and five blocks as the Lady Cardinals routed SW Illinois 25-15, 25-16, 25-7 in their home opener.
Natalie Gremaud, who led Perryville High School to the Class 3 final four last November, posted six kills and 14 assists as Mineral Area (1-4) rebounded from a winless weekend at the Southeastern Iowa tournament.
Trenice Greer and Brooke Pruett netted five kills each for SW Illinois (1-1), which unraveled with ball control after taking a 12-11 lead in game one.
Glastetter pulled the momentum to the Lady Cardinals with an impressive rotation after Gremaud landed a go-ahead spike from the right side.
The next two points ended with shared blocks, and Glastetter added a solo rejection on the ensuing swing. Paige Mays served the 11-0 scoring run until Mineral Area enjoyed a 22-12 advantage.
North County graduate Brittany Collins, one of five returning players to the MAC roster, chipped in five kills to the victory. Danielle Guseman totaled 17 digs and fellow sophomore Kayla Thibodeaux had 11 assists.
SW Illinois missed five serves to diminish any chance of leveling the match in game two, and squandered early points on lifting and net violations.
Gremaud stuffed an attack just inches from the tape to make it 5-0, and the margin was never reduced below four points.
The Blue Storm presented its best defensive stand when Greer and Pruett combined for three blocks during a single rally at 18-12.
Glastetter answered moments later with an overpass kill and a subsequent solo block. Kayte Peters then connected from the left side on game point.
Erin Wolford highlighted a 7-point run with two blocks in game three, as MAC jumped ahead 16-4. Collins closed the contest with her strongest kill after Thibodeaux dug a powerful spike.
Francesca Santeramo added eight digs in a match that barely lasted one hour in duration for a lack of lengthy rallies. The Lady Cards will host the Missouri Baptist junior varsity on Thursday.