The Colfax volleyball team began defense of the Dunn-St. Croix Conference title by trouncing the Glenwood City Hilltoppers in three sets at home Sept. 15, then two days later battled the low ceiling in the Mondovi gym and came home with a four set win over the Buffaloes.
It was a whole new team on the court for the Toppers after losing several key players from last season and the Colfax girls took advantage of their inexperience by going on several long runs in the contest. The first set was tied at 4-4 before Colfax scored seven points with Bryanan Buchanan serving and Lakken Meredith and Serena Secraw coming up with a kill while Savannah Henricks scored on a tip shot. The Vikings upped the score to 21-10 with Meredith serving four points and at 24-11, Secraw put the set away with a tip over the net.
Colfax took an early lead of 11-5 in the second set with help from kills from Henricks and Secraw, then slowly starting pulling away, increasing the lead to 22-9 as Meredith served up a pair of aces then set Marianne Scharlau up for one of her team leading eight kills of the match. At 23-11, Secraw served twice which resulted in a kill from the back court by Buchanan and an error on the Toppers for the 25-11 win.
A kill by Scharlau and two ace serves from Megan Schleusner allowed the Vikings to jump out to a 3-0 lead in the third set and after the Toppers scored, Colfax rattled off six straight points on another Meredith ace and several errors on the Toppers to go up 9-1. Secraw then went to the line again and served four times resulting in a 14-4 Colfax advantage. After Erin Nellessen began serving, Colfax increased their lead to 14 points at 19-5 with Meredith scoring on a couple of quick tips, and with the score at 19-6, a Buchanan ace and a Schleusner kill along with several mis-played balls by the Toppers allowed Scharlau to put the set and match away on a kill down the sideline on yet another Meredith assist for the 25-6 win.
“It was nice to get into our conference match games,” Coach Pam Meredith said. “Our hitting efficiency was pretty good but we missed nine serves. We are still working on becoming more consistent on the court.”
Colfax scored points on 37 kills in the match and 15 ace serves. Meredith had six of those un-returnable serves while setting her teammates up 29 times. Buchanan had a team leading 17 digs from the back row and Henricks had a pair of blocks at the net.
The Buffaloes have had some very consistent teams over the years and the Vikings were expecting a battle when they entered their gym. The first set was nip and tuck throughout resulting in Mondovi winning 26-24. Colfax then regrouped and came back to win the next three sets, two of them rather convincingly at 25-13, 25-21 and 25-14.
Out of the 63 team kills in the match, Scharlau slammed 17 of them and also denied Buffalo points by blocking five of their shots. Makayla Mattson had a strong game at the net with seven kills, and Buchanan must have had something on her serves as she came up with 10 aces and stayed busy in the back row with 33 digs. Schleusner collected 21 digs to go with 13 each by Nellessen and Meredith while Secraw had 12.
Colfax travels to Plum City Sept. 24 for a conference match then plays at the Cameron Invite Sept. 26.