St. Paul Harding toppled Minneapolis Henry in the season opener for both teams at Harding on Wednesday night (or is it Knight). The Knights had a better serve/receive game with 21 aces to 10 for Henry. The first set Harding rolled 25-8. Henry bounced back with a 25-17 victory. That momentum did not last as Harding got off to a 6-0 start in set three. They extended it to 16-8, but Henry quickly closed the gap to 16-13. The Patriots were on a five point run late in the game close the margin again to 23-21, but a missed serve torpedoed any chance at a rally win. Henry gave away 18 points on missed serves for the day. Henry had an early lead in the fourth set at 10-5, but five straight missed serves soured the mood on the Henry bench. It also opened the door for Harding. With the score tied at 16 Harding ran off six straight points, four of which were on aces/receiving errors. Harding topped the night (or Knight) off with the final three points. Jovanah Jefferson led Henry with 9 points, 7 of which were kills.
On the upside the Henry JV won in three, the last set going to 17-15.