By Kelsie Hoitomt
The Hilltopper volleyball team finished their week 0-2 with a loss to Spring Valley on Tuesday and then another to Mondovi on Thursday.
The Cardinals shut down the Toppers in an hour of play with a three set victory of 25-11, 25-19 and 19-25.
There were no recorded blocks for the Hilltoppers, which makes for a long night at the net with the Cardinals continuously attacking.
On offense the Toppers did have 14 kills of their own with four from Jenesa Klinger and Megan Samens. Hannah and Leslie Ludtke both had two and Carlee Strong and Mikaela Voeltz both had one.
Out of 47 total serves, the Toppers also collected six aces. Klinger had three and Samens, Strong and Voeltz each had one.
The Toppers bounced back Thursday night with a set won against the Buffaloes. However their one win wasn’t enough to send them into victory lane as Mondovi took two wins of 25-15 and a third of 25-19.
The girls were sluggish on their play in the first set with just two kills and one block recorded.
They began to come together in the second set with three kills and two aces, but the momentum was just not there until the third set hit.
By that third set that Toppers were finally fired up, which led to six kills and five aces and the win of 25-18.
Their spirits continued, but the Buffaloes managed to pull out the win despite the Topper’s five kills, three blocks and two more aces.
Before sitting out with a minor injury, Samens had three kills, one ace and one block. Sam Holldorf stepped in for her and landed three kills as well and one ace.
Hannah also had three kills, Nikki Gabbert and Becca Moll had two and Leslie, Klinger and Voeltz each had one. Voeltz and Klinger led the team in aces with three each and Gabbert and Strong both had one.