After breezing through a three set win over St. Croix Central on their home court Oct. 7, the Elk Mound volleyball team took their unbeaten conference record to Boyceville two days later and kept their perfect record intact with another three set win over the Bulldogs. Elk Mound will host the only other unbeaten team in the conference, their neighbors from Colfax, for the Dunn-St. Croix Conference championship Tues. Oct.14.
St. Croix Central
The Mounders were kept on their toes by the Panthers in the first two sets with Elk Mound winning 25-18, 25-17 but it was total domination in the third set as they took a 25-6 win. Kill shots were spread around with Morgan Polden leading the way with nine, Elly Friberg, Lizzie Schreiber and Hannah Flatness all had six and Serena Weiser added four. Dayna Kotecki and Leia Kufahl combined for 26 of the 30 Mounder assists in the match while Wieser served up four aces and Friberg three. Wieser led in digs with 12 and Polden and Rachel Caron contributed with 11 each. Flatness was a force at the net defensively with five solo blocks and Friberg added three of her own.
The Bulldogs were no slouch as they had only one loss in conference play which was handed to them just two nights earlier by Colfax. Boyceville was playing without one of their leading attacker/defenders after four year starter Abbey Bird was injured in the Colfax game, forcing them to make some adjustments. But the Mounders were in control from the start, winning the first two sets 25-12, 25-10 with Friberg getting the final kill both times. The third set was a little closer with the score knotted at 6-6 and 9-9 after a Flatness kill, then Elk Mound went on a roll and pulled ahead 20-16. Moriah Mauer put down one of her three kills of the night to make it 24-18 and match point came on missed coverage at the net by the Bulldogs.
It was Flatness’ turn to lead in kills, finishing with eight for the match while Friberg added seven and Polden six. Kotecki set her teammates up 14 times and Kufahl 13 times, Kotecki had a pair of service aces and Wieser led the team in digs with 12. Friberg and Flatness did their imitation of the Great Wall of China with a combined 14 solo blocks, eight by Friberg and six from Flatness.