ELK MOUND — The Mounder volleyball team went to Chippewa Falls’ McDonell Central High School for an invitational on September 10 before heading to Mondovi September 15 for a conference match-up.
Elk Mound went 2-3 in matches at McDonell the previous Saturday. Elk Mound then came up short in its Dunn-St. Croix volleyball opener in Mondovi, dropping the game three sets to one to the Lady Buffaloes on September 15.
Elk Mound played in the Roesler Invitational held at McDonell Central High School in Chippewa Falls on September 10. The team lost matches 0-2 against McDonell, Loyal/Granton and Osseo-Fairchild, but won a 2-0 match against Blair-Taylor and a 2-1 match against Greenwood.
The Mounders lost to McDonell 25-10 and 25-9, making for a dismal match between the two teams. They picked up the pace against Blair-Taylor, winning 25-19 and 25-15.
Greenwood lost to Elk Mound 25-21 in the first set before coming back and pounding the Mounders in the second for a 25-16 finish. The Mounders put the match away with a 15-13 victory.
Elk Mound lost the last two matches to Loyal/Granton (25-22, 25-20) and Osseo-Fairchild (25-13, 25-11).
Zurbuchen led the team for kills at the tournament, landing 19 over five matches. Weber followed her closely with 18 kills and Riley Radtke with 14. Nigon tacked on another 10, while Colleen Olson added eight, Scharlau put up seven, and Borofka recorded four. Jordyn Abramowicz and Jenna Heit added a final four kills.
Nigon rained down eight aces, and Borofka added six more. Zurbuchen and Abby Curry split another six aces between them, while Abramowicz put down two.
Radtke led the team with three blocks, while Zurbuchen provided another two and Weber and Olson turned back one attack apiece.
The Mounders’ 3-1 loss to the Lady Buffaloes was not just hard, fast strikes, but a mix of lightning attacks and slow, deliberate deceptions. Many attacks that would normally be slammed down onto the floor were instead pushed gently over the net to drop just out of reach of the blockers and defenders.
Coach Samantha Weix said the girls knew it was going to be a battle. She said the team was ready to play in the first set, but had trouble maintaining their energy after that.
“Mondovi out-willed us,” Weix stated. “They rarely gave us an easy ball to play.”
Elk Mound won the first set 25-21 after falling behind early. The Mounders and Lady Buffs picked up the pace in the second set, with Elk Mound pushing to 24 points, forcing Mondovi to play, and grab, the set point to make the second 26-24.
The third set started with Mondovi going up 14-4, before Elk Mound rallied to draw even at 14. A lack of communication in the backcourt seemed to lead to enough flubs for Mondovi to win the set 25-17.
The Mounders seemed to run out of steam in the fourth set, and Mondovi put the nail in the coffin with a final set of 25-17.
“Our girls tried to hang with Mondovi, we just couldn’t find enough consistency to pull out a win,” Weix said.
The Elk Mound team did land 35 kills over the evening, with Morgan Radtke leading the way with eight. Allie Weber contributed another seven, and Kourtney Zurbuchen and Lauren Scharlau put down six more each. Riley Radtke logged five kills, and Karie Jo Nigon recorded three.
Madysen Borofka and Allie Weber accounted for four of the team’s six serving aces, while Sarah Sweeney and Jordyn Abramowicz each provided one of the last two.
Abby Curry took 20 digs to lead the team, while Weber foiled another 14 attacks. Abramowicz tacked on 13 digs, Scharlau and Nigon had nine each, and Morgan Radtke and Borofka each took six. Sweeney and Riley Radtke split four more digs evenly, and Colleen Olson added one more to the team total for 82 digs overall.
Updates from previous matches
Elk Mound hosted the September 8 quad they played against Elmwood, Ellsworth and New Richmond. It was erroneously reported as being held in Ellsworth in the previous edition of this newspaper.
The Mounders lost their match against Ellsworth on September 8 in straight sets, 29-27 and 25-19.
Lauren Scharlau led the team in kills, putting six past the Panthers’ defenders. Allie Weber tacked five more on, and Riley Radtke added another four. Colleen Olson accounted for three of the team’s 21 kills, and Madysen Borofka, Karie Jo Nigon and Abby Curry each took one more.
Nigon and Borofka tied for sets, both putting up eight. Kourtney Zurbuchen, Jordyn Abramowicz and Curry added another set each.
Abramowicz took home to the lone ace for the match, and Olson nabbed the only credited block.
The Mounders played in Husky Invitational at Eau Claire North on September 17, no results were available at press time Monday, September 19. They will travel to Plum City on September 22 for a match against the Blue Devils.