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Vikings begin defense of conference title with pair of wins

The Colfax volleyball team made it clear they were more than ready to defend their Dunn-St. Croix Conference title with a three set win over Elmwood at home Sept. 16, then went on the road to defeat Glenwood City, again taking just three sets to get the job done two days later.

Elmwood

The beginning of the first set turned out to be the Kori Buchanan-Chey Olson story as the Vikings jumped out to a 9-1 lead with Buchanan scoring five of the points on four kills and a block, including one slam that knocked the Raider defender right over while Olson scored on a kill and a tip in the run. With Buchanan on the service line, the rally continued as Olson and Lakken Meredith combined for a block, Olson scored three straight points with a block, a tip and a kill and Dannielle Dachel made it 15-1 on her own kill shot. Colfax upped their lead to 23-3 on a Buchanan kill from the mid-court line and after an Elmwood error, Buchanan put the set away on a final slam for a 25-5 win.

Things were a little tighter to start the second set as the Raiders held a 3-2 lead before Olson went to the service line. Before she was done, the Vikings were back in control with a 19-3 advantage as Marianne Scharlau came up with some strong net play, scoring on a tip and kill and blocking a couple of Elmwood shots. Alexis Rudi added a block and Dachel scored on a combined block with Scharlau while Olson picked up three aces on her serves. With the score at 24-6, Meredith and Olson put set two away with a block from the right side of the net.

Whether they wanted to keep the match going or whether the Raiders finally started to put things together, the Vikings committed four errors early in the third set and fell behind 5-1.Coach Pam Meredith called a time out to get the team steered in the right direction and after being down 7-6, Colfax went on another long roll with Dachel serving 13 times with a trio of aces while Buchanan and Scharlau put down a pair of kills for a 19-7 lead. After two more Buchanan kills sandwiched around a Katie Christoffel ace and a Meredith tip brought the score to 24-11, the game ended rather anti-climatically as Elmwood sent a serve into the net to give Colfax the match.

Buchanan and Olson both finished with 12 kills and Scharlau added seven. Buchanan collected 10 digs from the back row, Dachel served up five aces and Meredith led the Vikings in assists with 29.

Glenwood City

With only eight hitting errors throughout the match, the result was a Colfax win by scores of 25-16, 25-7 and 25-8. Buchanan led the team in kills with 12 while Olson added 10. Meredith finished with 26 assists and Dachel went on another long serving run for nine straight points in the second set and finished 18 for 18 at the line for the evening.

“We still need to minimize our serving errors in a three set match because giving away points on a missed serve could cost us in a close match,” coach Meredith said. “But only eight hitting errors as a team was a great night for us offensively.”

Colfax will host Mondovi Tuesday, Sept. 23 then travels to Pepin Thursday night.