Colfax girls stay undefeated in conference play

After wins over Plum City and St. Croix Central last week, the Colfax volleyball team improved their conference record to 6-0 but have the toughest part of their schedule ahead of them. The Vikings will face Boyceville Oct.7, Spring Valley two days later and Elk Mound Oct. 14.

Plum City

Maybe a little weary after they played five matches in the Cameron tournament just three days earlier, the Vikings were slow getting started against the Blue Devils, falling behind 4-0 and 7-3 in the first set. But Lakken Meredith stepped to the service line and before she was done, the Vikings held a 10-7 lead. Meredith had a pair of unreturnable serves during the run while back row specialist Bryana Buchanan had a kill from mid-court. But with some big shots by Cheyanne Catura, Plum City knotted the score at 10-10 and moved ahead 12-10. It was a battle the rest of the set with the score tied three times, the final at 16-16 before Chey Olson came down with a kill and Kori Buchanan served two straight aces for a 19-16 Colfax lead. Olson and Kori Buchanan each slammed kills to make it 22-17 but Plum City got back to within three points as Colfax held a 23-20 lead. Then a quick set to Marianne Scharlau resulted in a kill down the middle of an open court, and Dannielle Dachel finished off the set at 25-20 with a serving ace.

Plum City appeared to have lost their punch after the loss and the Vikings took control at the net and in the back court in set two. Kori Buchanan’s low serves which seemed to drop straight to the floor after crossing the net gave the Blue Devils plenty of problems as they failed to return two consecutive ones. Dachel blocked a shot at the net, then served up her own ace for a 7-4 lead, and Katie Christoffel went on a three point serving run. With the score at 15-7 in the Viking’s favor, Meredith went on another serving spree, putting up six points with two aces, then set up Dachel for a slam and a 21-8 lead. An Olson stuff added another point and another Scharlau kill put the score at 23-10, allowing Dachel to finish it off again with two serves that Plum City couldn’t do anything with.

“We knew we had to change our defense after the first set to stop their big shot maker,” coach Pam Meredith said. “After we did that, Plum City couldn’t make an adjustment and we shut them down pretty good. Katie and Bryana came up big on the defensive end with Katie staying outside the block and Bryana keeping tough shots alive with some graceful digs.”

Colfax pulled out to a 9-2 lead as they spread the wealth around with Kori Buchanan, Olson, Dachel and Makayla Mattson all scoring on kills while Meredith served up five points with a pair of aces. The Vikings gave up just six more points to the Blue Devils and they continued to find open holes on the court to put down numerous kills for points. With the score at 23-8, Kori Buchanan put down her final slam of the night and Courtney Ottinger ended the match with an ace serve.

Colfax totaled 41 kills in the short match with Kori Buchanan contributing 14, Olson 10 and Scharlau five. Serving was a strong point as well with the Vikings missing just five times in 73 attempts with Ottinger, Meredith and Kori Buchanan all coming up with four aces. Kori Buchanan led the team in digs with 17 while Christoffel added 14 and Bryana Buchanan 12 and Meredith had 35 of the team’s 39 assists for the match.

St. Croix Central 

It was a long trip for a short match as the Vikings again won in three sets, 25-16, 25-10, 25-14. Kori Buchanan and Olson continue to be a dual force with both connecting for 16 kills with Dachel and Scharlau adding five each. Christoffel had three of the team’s nine service aces and the Vikings were 71 of 74 in the serving department with Kori Buchanan 16 for 16, Meredith 14 for 14, Ottinger 14 for 14 and Olson 10 for 10. Colfax also played a solid defense with 54 digs, including 16 by Olson, 12 by Kori Buchanan and seven by Christoffel. Meredith finished with 40 of the team’s 42 assists for the night.

“Our team has been serve receiving very well which allows us to get into our system,” coach Meredith said. “And defensively we have been more dynamic. We have seen a great improvement in our C-team, our junior varsity and our varsity from the beginning of the season,” she added.