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Hilltoppers’ volleyball swept by Panthers and Bulldogs

By Cara L. Dempski

The Hilltopper volleyball squad entered the second-to-last week of regular season play in search of its first victory.

But Glenwood City came away empty-handed once again as they were swept by conference foes Durand and Boyceville. The most recent setback dropped the Toppers mark to 0-6 in Dunn-St. Croix play and 0-14 overall.

Glenwood City a three-set match at home Tuesday, October 4 to the Durand Panthers by scores of 25-13, 25-23 and 25-10.

It didn’t get any better for the Toppers when they traveled East to take on rival and second-place Boyceville October 6. The 6-1 Bulldogs hit the Toppers hard and won in three straight sets.

Glenwood City hosted the Colfax Vikings last night and will travel to Elk Mound this Thursday, October 13, to take on the Mounders in the conference and regular season finale.

Although pairings and locations were not complete prior to Tuesday’s press time, Glenwood City will likely open next Tuesday’s (October 18) WIAA Division 3 regional competition on the road.

Durand

Topper volleyball coach Christa Blaser said the October 3 home match against Durand started well, but went downhill after that.

“The Lady Toppers played hard,” she explained. “But by the time we got to the third game, they started to struggle.”

The team averaged 93 percent for serves during the match, and the team drove in 23 total attacks.

Tressa Peskar led the kill-count for the team by recording eight scoring attacks. Delaney Quinn and Becca Moll landed another nine kills between them. Lexi Curvello and Abby Kremer each spiked down two kills and Emily Hill added one more to the team total.

Megan Speiser logged 12 assists, and Jatelyn Johnson took credit for 10. Mariah Voeltz led the team with 22 digs, and Peskar added another 17.

Boyceville

The Hilltoppers dropped all three sets against the Bulldogs on October 6, losing 25-16, 25-14 and 25-9 on Boyceville’s court.

Still, coach Christa Blaser said the first two games were good.

“The girls did a good job keeping up and competing with Boyceville,” Blaser stated. “It didn’t seem like we had the gap in points that we did.”

The Glenwood City squad averaged 90 percent on serves against the Bulldogs and slammed in a total of 23 kills. Sophomore Tressa Peskar accounted for five of those kills, and Delaney Quinn took credit for another four. Emily Hill, Becca Moll and Abby Kremer landed three more kills each, and Alexis Curvello logged two kills.

Blaser stated the third game against Boyceville was tough, but the team took away some good experience from each loss.

“With our team of mostly sophomores, I think we played well against the Bulldogs,” Blaser said.