By Cara L. Dempski
ELK MOUND — The Elk Mound volleyball team played a host of matches the week after Labor Day. The team played a quad in Ellsworth and competed in a tournament at McDonell Central High School in Chippewa Falls.
Elk Mound traveled to a quad in Ellsworth on Thursday, September 8 for evening matches against New Richmond, Ellsworth and Elmwood.
Head coach Samantha Weix expressed satisfaction with the team’s play.
“Things started to click and really come together for us,” she said. “Aside from one set, we passed really well and our defenders made great reads on the ball.”
The Mounders beat New Richmond in two straight sets, 25-19 and 25-17. Morgan Radtke led the match with nine kills, while Kourtney Zurbuchen put down another five for the match. The duo were followed by Karie Jo Nigon with four kills, Riley Radtke with three, Allie Weber with two, and Lauren Scharlau and Madysen Borofka with one each.
Nigon contributed two serving aces, leading the team. Borofka and Jordyn Abramowicz brought in another ace apiece for the team.
The team also took on the Elmwood Raiders, winning the first set 25-20, before taking a 26-24 loss to Elmwood in the second. The Mounders won the third set, 15-10.
Zurbuchen led the team in kills against the Raiders, recording eight over three sets. Nigon and Weber tied with six kills each. Riley Radtke put up another four, and Scharlau contributed one more for the match.
Riley Radtke, Borofka, Nigon, Abramowicz and Abby Curry all recorded one ace in the match.
Weix said the team had fun offensively, with a very balanced attack from multiple players.
“It was great to see the kids out there having fun,” Weix said.
Results for the Ellsworth match were not available at press time.
Weix reported that the team did not play as strongly as she hoped, but there were some different line-ups and some kids were playing positions they aren’t used to playing.
“Our passing is becoming more consistent,” Weix said, “but against teams like we played this weekend, who have some big hitters, we have to put up a block and slow the attack down.”
The Mounders lost both sets to host McDonell, falling 25-10 and 25-9. Results of their other games at McDonell High were not available at press time.
Elk Mound plays in Mondovi September 15 before playing at Eau Claire North High School on September 17.