By Kelsie Hoitomt
GLENWOOD CITY — The Glenwood City volleyball team finished out their Dunn-St. Croix Conference season with a loss to St. Croix Central last Tuesday.
The gym was quiet in the first set as the Panthers quickly shot ahead by three points before Mikaela Voeltz landed an ace from the back row.
The Toppers continued to trail by three despite a kill from Hannah Ludtke and a couple solo blocks from Becca Moll.
Jenesa Klinger landed an ace to put the score at 13-16, but the Panthers pulled away to a six point lead before a time out was called.
Sam Holldorf landed an ace to put the score at 14-21, but the ball quickly turned over to the Panthers and they soon won the set 25-15.
The second set started right where the first left off with the Toppers trailing 1-5 before Klinger landed two consecutive aces to put some fire into her teammates.
The momentum seemed to fade as they trailed 4-13 and then soon it was 15-24 after a kill from Klinger and Moll.
With it one point away from victory, the Toppers came alive and started playing like it was their last game ever.
If a pass was short, they dove for it and made a play. If the ball was out of bounds, they scrambled and set up the ball for the kill. They were everywhere and playing aggressive, which moved the score up from 15-24 to 21-24.
Voeltz’s senior status truly shined through in this set as she served the ball eight straight times and kept the ball in play with dig after dig.
The ball took a bad bounce and was sent sailing out of bounds for the final point and score of 25-21.
The third set had the Toppers leading 5-3 and then 6-5 with a kill from Voeltz. They led by three points before the set tied at 13’s and then the game was over after errors put the Panthers ahead 13-19 and then 14-21 before it all ended at 25-16.
The three-set loss put the Toppers at 1-7 in the D-SC this season with their one victory over Elmwood on September 25.
The Toppers ended the night with 51 total serves and nine aces as well as 42 digs and 14 kills.
Hannah led the team in kills with five, Klinger had three, Holldorf and Moll each had two and Voeltz and Leslie each had one.
Klinger also had four aces for the team. Voeltz followed with two of her own and Leslie, Nikki Gabbert and Carlee Strong each had one.
The Toppers (#8) played Tuesday night (Oct. 21) in Colfax (#1) for their first match of the Regional Tournament.
The winner of that match will go on to play the winner of the Boyceville versus Unity game on Thursday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m.