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Elk Mound netters beat Spring Valley, drop matches in Altoona

By Cara L. Dempski

The Elk Mound volleyball team continued its second-to-last week of regular-season play October 6 at Spring Valley and returned home victorious after a 3-0 sweep over the Cardinals. The Mounders then met Colfax again at a tournament in Altoona October 8.

The Mounders may still have been riding the high of beating Colfax two days earlier when they traveled to Spring Valley last Thursday. The team handled the Cardinals in three with scores of 25-18, 25-21 and 25-15.

Elk Mound went to Altoona High School on October 8 to play a tournament against nine other schools. The results available at press time indicate the Altoona Railroaders swept Elk Mound 2-0, and the Cameron squad beat the Mounders 2-1.

The Elk Mound squad, currently 4-2 and in fourth place in the D-SC, will wrap up the regular season with a pair of conference games. The Mounders played in Elmwood last night and will close out the regular season with a home game against Glenwood City this Thursday, October 13.

Elk Mound will open Division 3 regional play next Tuesday, October 18. Opponent and locations had not been released as of Monday afternoon when the Messenger went to print.

Spring Valley

The Mounders went to Spring Valley just two days after serving the Colfax team its first conference loss of the season. They walked away with another win after sweeping the Cardinals and made their conference record 4-2 with only two more conference games to play.

Senior Kourtney Zurbuchen led the Elk Mound attack with seven kills. Morgan Radtke drilled in another six kills, and junior Allie Weber put down another five. Riley Radtke drove in three kills, Lauren Scharlau and Karie Jo Nigon each took credit for two, and Madysen Borofka landed one kill.

Weber and Nigon tied for aces with three each, Borofka contributed another two unanswered serves, and Alex Jenson tacked on one more ace to make a team total of nine.

Defensively, Nigon led the team with 11 digs. Scharlau and Abby Curry each recorded nine digs, while Weber bumped up another five. Senior Sarah Sweeney logged five digs, as did Borofka. Morgan and Riley Radtke took credit for four digs between them, and Alex Jenson landed one more for a total of 52 Mounder digs against Spring Valley.

Altoona Invitational

No scores were available for Elk Mound’s 2-0 loss to the Altoona Railroaders during the October 8 invitational, but the Mounders do appear to have posed a challenge for the Cameron Comets.

The Comets took the first game against the Mounders 25-20, before Elk Mound drew even in the second by winning that game 25-20. The two teams duked it out to a 15-12 finish for Cameron in the third, which gave them the match.

No further results were available from this tournament prior to press time.