MONDOVI — Playing matches against two teams from the Dunn-St. Croix Conference Sept. 6 in the Mondovi Triangular gave Elk Mound coach Donna Weix and her team a chance to see where they stand as they get ready for conference play this week. It appears they have some work to do however, as they lost to Plum City in three sets, taking the first one 25-17 but dropping the next two by scores of 25-14 and 15-12. They followed up with a two set loss to Mondovi 26-24 and 25-20.
“We struggled with consistent passing and our net play during both matches,” coach Weix said. “Sophomore Elly Friberg was able to step in for some key plays when our middle hitter Anna Sessions went out in the second set against Plum City with an ankle injury. But it was hard for us to overcome the injury and our inconsistent play.”
Kaysi Meindel smacked 10 kills to lead the Mounders while Maddy Polden added seven. Becca Kopp was the assist leader with 17 and Katie Johnson set her teammates up eight times.
Mounders’ Volleyball finishes 4-1 at Mack tourney
After dropping the first match to host Chippewa Falls McDonell, the Elk Mound Volleyball team roared back to life and won its next four matches to finish the McDonell Mack Volleyball Invitational with a 4-1 mark Saturday, September 8.
The Mounder girls defeated both Greenwood (25-14, 23-25, 15-13) and Loyal 20-25, 25-14, 15-11) two sets to one and beat Osseo-Fairchild (25-15, 25-19) and Thorp (25-14, 25-14) two sets to zilch. Elk Mound dropped both games and the match to Chippewa Falls McDonell (20-25, 16-25).
In the McDonell match, Amanda Ward finished with 20 attack attempts and Becca Kopp tallied 14 assists. Against Thorp, Kopp had another seven assists to go with a pair of service aces while Maddy Polden had 11 attack attempts. Ward had a high 28 attack attempts and two service aces in the contest with Greenwood with Kopp turning in 14 more assists. Kopp continued to fuel the Mounder offense with 17 assists in the match with Loyal while Kaysi Meindel hit a trio of service aces and had a high of 30 attack attempts. In the final match of the invite, Amanda Ward had 17 attack attempts, Maddy Polden had a service ace, and Katie Johnson led with 15 assists.
Elk Mound opened conference play at Boyceville Tuesday, September 11 and will host rival Colfax this Thursday, September 13.