By Cara L. Dempski
GLENWOOD CITY — The Hilltoppers volleyball team played matches against Middle Border members St. Croix Central and Ellsworth before participating in a quad in Cumberland to start its second month of play.
Glenwood City traveled to Ellsworth on September 1 to take on the St. Croix Central Panthers and the host Panthers.
The Hilltoppers lost to St. Croix Central 25-8 and 25-18 in the opener.
Coach Christa Blaser said the 25-8 first set against the first Panther team was rough, but things picked up a bit in the second set.
The second match featured play between Glenwood City and Ellsworth. Again, a Panther team took the match in two sets, 25-19 and 25-16. Blaser said the matches were against two good teams.
“Ellsworth is extremely strong, but the girls were able to maintain,” Blaser said.
The team recorded seven aces and 13 kills. Delaney Quinn is credited as team leader with four kills.
Quad in Cumberland
The Hilltoppers took on Cumberland, Somerset and Mercer in quadrangular play on September 6. The Hilltoppers lost to Somerset and Mercer in straight sets, but won the second of three sets against Cumberland.
Blaser said the evening again started slow.
Somerset won the first set against the Hilltoppers 25-5 before Glenwood City stepped up to make it more of a contest in the second set, ending with a score of 25-15. Mercer presented the same kind of challenge, winning 25-14 and 25-10.
The Hilltoppers seemed to have found some fight against the Cumberland team.
“By the third game, we were a little more into it and took one game from Cumberland,” Blaser said.
The Beavers won the first set 22-25, before the Hilltoppers stepped in and took the second 25-23. Glenwood City then dropped the third set 15-10.
“We beat ourselves more than anything,” Coach Blaser explained.
Alexis Curvello stepped up to take four kills against Cumberland, while Quinn and Tressa Peskar landed four ace serves apiece.
Blaser stated her team is coming together.
“We need to get some power on the net,” Blaser said.
The Hilltoppers’ home and conference opener is this Thursday, September 15 against Elmwood.