The Elk Mound volleyball team won a home match in three sets over the Glenwood City Hilltoppers 25-8, 25-12 and 25-11 Sept. 23, then went on the road to face the always dangerous Mondovi Buffaloes two days later. The results were pretty much the same however, as they again won in three sets 25-21, 25-15 and 25-16.
The Mounders slammed a total of 34 kills for points in the short match with Elly Friberg leading the way with 17 and Morgan Polden added seven. Dayna Kotecki seems to have found her niche as a setter, assisting her teammates 15 times to lead in that department and was also 18 for 18 serving with four aces. As a team Elk Mound scored points on 16 ace serves and missed on only three of 72 attempts. Friberg and Polden combined for five of the team’s six blocks while Rachel Caron led on the defensive end with 11 digs.
Mondovi has been one of the stronger teams in the conference the past few seasons but have been struggling with some younger players this year. Friberg and Polden combined for 21 of the Mounders’ 31 kills in the match with Friberg slamming 12 and Polden nine. Kotecki set up kill shots 17 times and Lisa Kufahl added 10 assists and led the team in ace serves with four. The team collected 57 digs on the defensive side with Serena Wieser picking up 15 to go with 11 from Polden. Friberg denied points at the net with three solo blocks while Polden had two.
The Mounders are 4-0 in conference play and are tied with Colfax for the lead. Elk Mound will host Pepin Sept. 30 then travel to Plum City Oct. 2.