The Elk Mound volleyball team didn’t give up a set in their first two conference matches of the season, beating Elmwood 25-19, 25-10 and 25-21 at home Sept. 15, then tripped up the Hilltoppers of Glenwood City on the road two days later 25-10, 25-23 and 25-14.
Hannah Flatness came up big at the net with 13 kills while Morgan Radtke slammed nine and Allie Weber added five. Abbey Olsen collected 16 digs and Jordyn Abramowicz scored points on three ace serves and saved points with seven digs. Madysen Borofka set her teammates up 21 times while Kari Jo Nigon added 16 assists and Serena Wieser came up with a pair of ace serves.
As a team, the Mounders scored 31 points off kills and 15 off ace serves. Radtke and Flatness both had nine kills while Weber again finished with five. Nigon and Olsen each put down five aces while Nigon was the team leader in assists with 16 to go with 11 by Borofka. Flatness blocked a pair of Topper shots and Olson was the dig leader with 11 and Nigon finished with 10.
“With only two returning players this year, it took some time for the girls to get used to playing next to one another,” Mounder coach Sam Weix said. “But as we settle into a consistent lineup, the confidence the girls have in themselves and one another is really starting to build. Things are beginning to come together for us. Our passing has really improved since the start of the season and our setters and hitters are starting to connect. This week was a good start to conference play but we know if we want to keep winning games, our consistency needs to improve and each day we need to get better.”
The Mounders resume conference play with a home match against Mondovi Sept. 22.