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Hilltopper netters 0-2 on the week against Pepin, Mondovi

By Kelsie Hoitomt

The Glenwood City volleyball traveled to Pepin last Monday night due to a scheduling change and they finished the night 1-3 against the Lakers. They had a quick night to recover before hosting Mondovi Tuesday night where the went 0-3.

Road to Pepin

The Toppers looked good against the Lakers to start with as they won their first set 25-21. They lost in the second set 25-13 and then fell apart in the third with a 25-5 final. Due to winning the first set, a fourth game had to be played, which resulted in a better performance by the Toppers, but the win still went to Pepin, 25-18.

“Our energy, communication and successful basic skills contributed to our first win. Unfortunately, after the first set we really struggled with passing the ball over the net after the serve. The girls can pass the ball, but when mistakes occur, the girls sometimes let it overtake their mental toughness, “ explained coach Stephanie Briggs of their match.

Slamming down points for the team was Megan Samens with six kills, Kelly Perkins, Kayla Bloss and Hannah Ludtke each had two and Mikaela Voeltz had one. The girls had one of their most successful nights of serving with six total service aces including two from both Bloss and Ludtke and one from both Kenzie Kruse and Samens.

Parent’s Night Loss

Mondovi is currently tied for second place in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference and they proved they were worthy of that title as they crushed the Hilltoppers in the opening set 25-8. The Toppers improved in the second two sets, but lost 25-13 and 25-18.

“We got progressively better throughout the night, but we struggled to immediately own the court by keep up our communication and getting our basics down, said coach Briggs. Our hit errors amounted to more than our actual hit kills and we struggled to finish our offense when we did have a good pass and set.”

The Toppers had five kills, but ten errors on attacks as well. However, chalking up those kills for the team were Bloss with three and Perkins and Samens each had one. There was one service ace from Kruse as well.

The Hilltoppers had their final home game of the regular season on Tuesday, October 15 against Plum City. After that it is time for Regionals, which is scheduled for October 22, 24 and 26.