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EM finishes 0-5 at Altoona Invite

ALTOONA — Facing strong competition before their big showdown against Colfax for the conference championship, the Elk Mound volleyball team lost all five of their matches at the Altoona Invitational Oct. 11.

The Mounders lost 16-25, 23-25 against Osceola as the team had only 12 kills in the match. Elizabeth Schreiber had four of them and Morgan Polden and Hannah Flatness both had three. Schreiber also had a pair of service aces as did Dayna Kotecki, while Kotecki led the team in assists with 10. Rachel Caron finished with 10 digs for the team.

Elk Mound lost 2 sets to 1 to Altoona with Schreiber and Flatness both having six kills and Flatness a team leading four solo blocks. Kotecki and Leia Kufahl split the setting duties with both having eight and Kotecki added seven digs. Serena Wieser had a pair of ace serves and also came up with six digs.

Playing Division I team Eau Claire Memorial, the Mounders took the Old Abes to three sets, losing the first 12-25, winning the second 25-21 then dropping the final 10-15. Elly Friberg led the offense with six kills to go with five by Polden, Kotecki finished with 12 sets and Kufahl had seven, and Polden and Wieser each had 15 digs to lead the defense.

In the 2 sets to 1 loss to Lake Holcombe, Friberg collected eight kills and a trio of aces, Schrieber contributed with seven kills, Kotecki had 20 of the team’s 26 sets and Polden led the defense with 17 digs.

Against another DI team, Eau Claire North, the Mounders lost the first set 20-25, came back to claim the second set 25-14, then dropped the deciding set 9-15. Schreiber led in kills with six, Kotecki assisted her teammates 11 times, Wieser served up three aces and Polden collected 10 digs.