By Cara L. Dempski
Online records indicate the Glenwood City volleyball team has not put together a winning season in nearly a decade.
Right now, the Lady Toppers have won more games than their past three seasons combined.
[emember_protected] The GC ladies picked up their first win of the season last week at home against Chetek-Weyerhaeuser and took the energy from that match into their first game against Amery at home last Monday, August 28. While the Toppers slipped past the Warriors 25-21 to take the first game, they lost the next three 25-11, 25-18 and 25-18 for the 3-1 match loss.
The Hilltoppers welcomed Owen-Withee’s Blackhawks to Glenwood City the following evening and went a full five games to win the match. The Toppers took the first two games 25-22 and 25-21, then dropped two 25-17 and 25-23 before coming back to take the fifth 15-7 for the win.
Glenwood City finished the week at Ellsworth for a triangular. Only scores were available from the August 31 matches which indicated the Lady Hilltoppers lost to St. Croix Central and host Ellsworth 2 sets to none.
Glenwood, 2-6 in the early going, headed to Northwestern High School September 5. They will take on Cumberland at Glenwood City September 11.
Glenwood City took the opportunity to use the momentum gained in their August 24 win against Chetek-Weyerhaeuser to take the first game away from Amery August 28.
The problem was, the team could not maintain it.
“The Topper ladies came out hot,” head coach Christa Blaser said afterward. “The next three matches we fell short.”
The Hilltoppers took the first game 25-21 before falling to the Warriors 25-11, 25-18 and 25-18 in the following three. Blaser said the Amery team was able to out-tip the Glenwood City girls, and that gave the visiting team the advantage.
Glenwood City recorded only 13 kills against Amery, and recorded just two blocks. Tressa Peskar led the team in serving, followed by Maddie Oehlke.
Blaser said the team has struggled in the past to burst out of the gate and take the first match.
After the previous evening’s loss to the Warriors, it seemed the Hilltoppers rediscovered their fight.
The Glenwood City team welcomed Owen-Withee’s Blackhawk volleyball team to their home court by taking the first two games 25-22 and 25-21. The Lady Hawks returned the favor by taking wins in the third and fourth with scores of 25-17 and 25-23. With the match on the line, the Toppers put the Blackhawks away with a 15-7 win in the fifth to earn the 3-2 match win.
“It was an exciting night for the ladies,” Blaser said. “We served over 90 percent, which was a goal for the team and something we hope to maintain.”
Senior Jenesa Klinger led the team with six kills, while Abby Kremer logged five, and Emily Hill recorded four. The team earned 24 against the Blackhawks.
The Lady Toppers lost both of their matches in straight sets to a a pair of Panthers at last Thursday’s Ellsworth Triangular.
Glenwood City fell 25-15 and 25-6 to St. Croix Central Panthers and were then beaten 25-9 and 25-13 by the host Panthers of Ellsworth.
No other statistics or match details were provided prior to Tuesday’s press time. [/emember_protected]