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Viking volleyball beats Raiders, falters at Altoona Invite

By Cara L. Dempski

The Colfax volleyball team returned to its home court October 6 to take on Elmwood two days after suffering their first conference loss to Elk Mound on October 4. The Vikings rebounded to beat the Raiders 3-1 to move to 5-1 in the Dunn-St. Croix standings.

Colfax handled the Raiders easily in the first set, winning 25-13. Elmwood stepped up its game in the second, but still fell to the Vikings 25-21 before taking advantage of some hitting and serve errors from Colfax to prevail 25-20 in the third and force a fourth set. The Vikings won the fourth 25-19 to win the overall match.

The team traveled to Altoona High School October 8 and participated in a tournament pool of 10 teams where they met Elk Mound for the second time in a week. The only two tournament match scores listed at Monday afternoon’s press time showed the Vikings lost 0-2 to Stanley-Boyd and 0-2 to Eau Claire North’s Huskies.

Colfax, currently sitting in third place with two conference games remaining, played an away game at Glenwood City last night (October 11) and will host their final regular season game Thursday, October 13 against D-SC unbeaten leader Mondovi.

The Vikings will begin WIAA Division 3 tournament action with a regional quarterfinals match next Tuesday, October 18. Location and opponent have yet to be determined.


Freshman Samantha Pretasky led the Viking attack against the Raiders by nailing 14 kills during the October 6 home match against Elmwood. Makayla Mattson also was in the double digits with kills, logging 10 for the night. Savannah Henricks and Rachel Scharlau tied with eight kills each, and freshmen Jozie Buchanan and Kameri Meredith each recorded five scoring attacks.

Meredith also landed four aces, and Pretasky, Megan Schleusner and Bryana Buchanan each scored on three unanswered serves.

Defensively, Jozie Buchanan led the team with 21 digs, while Schleusner recorded 14 and Meredith Mady Decker each logged 12 digs. The elder Buchanan, Bryana, provided eight digs for the night, Scharlau chalked up six, Henricks and Erin Nellessen took four apiece, Alyssa Dachel was credited with three, and Mattson and Pretasky added four more to a team total 88 digs over four sets.

Altoona Invitational

The Vikings dropped two straight sets against both North and the Stanley-Boyd Orioles.

There were no match scores listed for the match against the Huskies, but the Colfax squad did seem to put up a fight against the Orioles in the first set before losing 25-19. The Vikings then dropped the second set 25-16.

No further information regarding the tournament or team stats were available prior to press time.