By Cara L. Dempski
Last week was a study in contrasts for the Lady Vikings.
They kicked off the week with a Thursday match at Somerset. They fought hard in the first game of the September 7 match, but dropped it 27-25 before finishing off the Spartans 25-21, 29-27 and 25-14 in the final three sets for the 3-1 match win.
[emember_protected] The Colfax ladies then traveled to Hudson last Saturday, September 9 for a final round of tournament play before taking a road trip for their first conference game later this week. They ended 0-4 in Hudson after falling to the host Raiders, Prescott, Bloomer and Baldwin-Woodville.
The Vikings are now headed toward their first conference match-up tomorrow (Thursday, September 14) when they travel to Plum City to face the Blue Devils. The Colfax team will play its Dunn-St. Croix home opener September 19 against Durand.
They are 7-9 overall as they head into conference competition.
Colfax’s laser-like focus was the difference between a win and a loss at Somerset September 7. Just as head coach Pam Meredith.
“I thought the players were mentally in it from the first whistle to the last,” she said. “Two of the sets were extremely close, and we fought hard in set three to take the 2-1 set lead.”
Meredith’s Vikings seemed excited about their 3-1 win the following night at the home football game the following evening.
“We beat Somerset last night,” Kameri Meredith said. “It was a fun game.”
The Lady Vikings scrapped their way through the first set, but took a 27-24 loss to the Spartans, before putting together a 25-21 win in the second to tie the match up 1-1. The Colfax girls then ground out a 29-27 victory in the third before putting the Spartans away with a 25-14 win in the fourth to nab the 3-1 match victory.
Sophomore Jozie Buchanan led the Viking offense with 38 assists, three aces, and eight kills, while Meredith was credited with 19 kills and a trio of aces. Samantha Pretasky logged 10 kills, Rachel Scharlau accounted for nine kills and a trio of aces. Alyssa Dachel led the serving stats with five aces.
The junior libero also led the defensive stats with 19 digs, which tied her with Meredith for the match. Savannah Henricks foiled 18 attacks, and Taylor Irwin is credited with 11 digs against the Spartans.
With as focused as the team was at Somerset, Coach Meredith said they were the exact opposite at Hudson September 9.
The Vikings’ coach said she was disappointed in the low level of competitive drive and lack of discipline her team demonstrated throughout the day, especially considering most of her line-up returned from last season.
“Conference play starts this week,” Meredith noted. “We have to improve our drive, discipline and attitudes on the court during practice and matches. We need to be more gritty and have the will to win.”
Colfax took on home team, the Hudson Raiders, in their first match, falling in 25-20 and 25-11 in straight sets. They faced Prescott’s Cardinals next, winning the first set 25-17 before falling in the second two 25-14 and 16-9.
The Lady Vikings were bested by Bloomer a second time this season, going 0-2 after losing 25-15 and 26-24 before turning their attention to a second set of Blackhawks when they faced Baldwin-Woodville in the final match of the day.
Colfax dropped the first set 25-14, but then took the second 25-18 before losing a close third set 15-13 for the 2-1 loss.
Meredith warned her team there are some tough teams in the D-SC who will push the Vikings mentally and physically.
“We need to step up our game in both areas, or we will be disappointed with the outcome,” she explained.
Kameri Meredith led Colfax’s attack squad at Hudson, logging 22 kills for the day. The sophomore also logged 28 assists and 32 digs over the course of the day. Senior Ryanna Martinson served 100% in the tournament, going 23-23.
Taylor Irwin recorded 16 assists, while Jozie Buchanan tied Meredith with 28 assists. Rachel Scharlau fired in 17 kills, Savannah Henricks is credited with 11, Makayla Mattson and Kaitlyn Field tied with nine apiece, and Josie Steinke logged seven.
Alyssa Dachel led the team in turning back attacks with 34 digs. Henricks recorded 20, and Steinke accounted for 17. [/emember_protected]