It didn’t take long for the Elk Mound volleyball team to clear the first hurdle of the regional tournament as they won in three sets 25-17, 25-13, 25-12 over the visiting Osseo-Fairchild Thunder Oct. 21. But they ran into a buzz saw when they traveled to Eau Claire to face the Regis Ramblers and the season ended with a three set loss 27-25, 25-19, 25-19 just two days later.
The Mounders totaled 28 kills in the short match with Morgan Polden leading the way with eight while Elizabeth Schreiber added seven. Dayna Kotecki had a team leading 17 assists, Serena Wieser finished with four of the Mounder service aces while Lexi Peterson added three and Elly Friberg collected three blocks. With another display of their defensive abilities, the Mounders came up wth 45 digs to save points as Peterson led with eight, Friberg added seven, Kotecki and Polden both had six and Schreiber and Leia Kufahl each had five.
The buzz saw the Mounders had no answer for was named Shae Brey who happened to have 22 of the Regis 40 kills, eight service aces, 11 digs and three blocked shots. The Mounders kept all three sets close and in fact were a point away from winning the first one but couldn’t get over the hump and lost in extra points. The second and third sets were close until late when they let the Ramblers go on a few short runs to slowly pull away.
Friberg led in kills with nine for the match while Polden and Mariah Mauer both had five. Kufahl finished with 13 assists while Kotecki had 12, Wieser had two service aces and Polden led in digs with 13.
10 seniors concluded their high school careers with the loss for the Mounders who finished second in the conference with an 8-1 record.
“We knew Regis was going to be tough but when you get to playoffs you can’t take any team lightly,” Elk Mound coach Donna Weix said. “We did not do a good job executing skills or taking advantage of the miss-matches at the net. The girls worked hard and stayed up the whole match and they never lost confidence after dropping the close first set. The team represented themselves, the school and community in a fashion they can all be proud of,” she added.